How to Rig a Slip Bobber: Learn the Effective Way to Use a Slip Bobber

When it comes to fishing having the skills are significantly an advantage, but so it knowing the proper tools and using them for your benefit. To a beginner, how to rig a slip bobber can be a puzzling process.

Be that as it may, the steps in doing so is simple and easy to follow. Plus, once you have acquired this knowledge, you will be surprised at how it can do wonders every time you go on your fishing expeditions.

Many professional anglers, as well as beginners, use the method of rigging a slip bobber to their fishing line. Slip bobbers are known to be much sensitive compared to traditional bobbers and can easily be used even in deep waters.

In this article, I will help you discover the steps on how to rig a slip bobber. In addition to that, I will share a few important tips along the way.

What You Will Need:

How To Rig A Slip Bobber

Before I discuss the steps on how to rig a slip bobber, there are vital materials that you will need for this task. The following are the essentials you will need.

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    Barrel Swivel (Small) - your barrel swivel is attached below your egg sinker or below the split shot and serves as a stopper for the egg sinker or split shot.
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    Slip Bobber - this is a bobber that can be adjusted up and down your fishing line depending on the depth of the water you are fishing.
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    Bobber Stop - this sets the depth of the float and can be adjusted as well depending on how deep you desire to go.
  • Slip Shot or Egg Sinker - he is placed after the slip bobber and right above the barrel swivel.
  • Circle Hook or Bait Holder (Size #6 or #8) - you can use any hook of your choice, but this is the highly recommended option.
  • Fluorocarbon leader (max 8-pound test) - you can also pick any leader of your own choice, but this is the one that has a remarkable performance.

How To Rig A Slip Bobber: The Step-by-step Procedure

Once all the required materials for this task are obtained, you may now go ahead and follow the simple guide. Now, here are the procedures on how to rig a slip bobber.

1. Start with getting your fishing line setup for the rig. Get your bobber stop and slide the plastic straw unto your fishing line. Pull your fishing line until you get the desired length you need.

Pull out the plastic straw and pull the tug ends of your bobber stop to tighten it. This will create the stop knot on your fishing line.

2. The next step is to slide a small bead to your fishing line. This will prevent your bobber stop from sliding unto to the slip bobber.

3. Follow this by sliding in your slip bobber.

4. This is followed by threading through a split shot or an egg sinker. If in case you opt for a split sinker, make sure to arrange it right above the barrel swivel. If you choose an egg sinker, opt for one that is around ¼ ounces or ⅛ ounces and should be threaded after your slip bobber.

(Tip: Clamp down the split shot above the barrel swivel, right above the knot you have made and not on the knot itself.)

5. Once the egg sinker or a split shot is attached on your fishing line, you can now tie your barrel swivel. The purpose of the barrel swivel is simply to serve as a stop for the egg sinker or split shot and assist with the line twist while the fish is being brought in.

6. Finally, to complete your slip bobber rig, you need to attach your leader and your hook. You can opt to use a leader of your choice, but I would recommend a fluorocarbon leader around 12 inches in length and made up of about 8-pound test.

You can also attach any hook of your choice, but as for my recommendation, you can use a circle hook or a regular bait holder that is a size #6 or #8.

To have a more constructive idea of how all these are done, watch this short video

Reasons For Using A Bobber When Fishing

Some of you may ask if it is important to use bobbers everytime you fish. I will with you some of the reasons that you can look into for using a bobber for your next fishing adventure.

1. Bobbers, this can be slip bobber or the traditional fixed bobber, are a great bite indicator. The bobber is designed to float freely above the water. However, once a fish bites, you will notice activity in you bobber that will manifest it.

2. Another reason is that bobbers act as a presentation aid. This allows you to retrieve live bait or lure at a prearranged depth.

3. Lastly, a bobber that is rigged allows for increased casting distance when you are using a micro jig or a live bait that is weightless.

Two Types Of Bobbers

How To Rig A Slip Bobber

Fixed Bobber

This type of bobber is attached at a point of your fishing line using a silicone sleeves, spring-loaded slip system or a small peg. Once the fixed bobber is attached to a specific position on your fishing line, it cannot be moved until you deliberately feel the need to readjust.

Its advantage is mainly for retaining the specified length of the leader which is between the lure and fixed bobber. Its disadvantage, however, is the struggle when it comes to casting as both accuracy and distance are compromised.

Slip Bobber

On the other hand, there is the slip bobber or simply referred to as slip float. The slip bobber is designed to have the freedom to slide up and down your fishing line. The depth of which it can be set depends on the bobber stop that is also attached to your fishing line.

One of its main advantages over the fixed bobber is that the distance of the slip bobber from the bait can be easily adjusted which as a result allowing increased distance for casting. This can also be used with a live bait on a small jig or a bait hook.


How To Rig A Slip Bobber

Being an effective fisherman or angler takes skills and that is undeniably true. Be that as it may, it also takes the ideal tools and the knowledge on how to appropriately utilize them to your advantage to add to your performance.

Now that you have learned the effective way to rig a slip bobber, you can easily apply this method everytime you go on your fishing trip. Learning the various method of fishing will not only usher in a bountiful catch, this also helps you develop into a more effective fisherman or angler.

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John Morris

Hi, I’m John Morris. I’m an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, blessed with an awesome wife and 2 kids. Fishing is not my passion, it is my lifestyle. I fished before I knew how to walk! I’m obsessed with all things related to fishing, even the fishy smell. I’m always willing to extend a hand to novice anglers looking for fishing tips and tricks thus I created this blog. This blog is a collection of my experiences, knowledge, and also research from other blogs.

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