Rigging a fishing line with a bobber is typically done to present the bait at a depth where fish are thought to be actively feeding. Bobbers are made from different materials including plastic, wood and cork. Bobbers are usually painted bright colors on top to aid in the detection of bites or when a fish takes the bait.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- Fishing line of appropriate size and weight Fishing bobber Fish hook
- Fishing line of appropriate size and weight
- Fishing bobber
- Fish hook
Determine the position at which the bobber will be attached. This is an important step keeping in mind that the bobber will remain floating on the surface and the line, hook and bait will be suspended from the bobber.
Attach the bobber to the line. Depending on the type of bobber being used, there will typically be two methods of attaching to the line. Plastic bobbers use a metal hook as a means of attaching. The hook is extended from the body of the bobber by depressing the button on the top of the bobber. This will cause the hook to extend from the bottom of the lure for attaching it to the fishing line. Release the button and the hook returns to the body of the bobber.
Attach a wooden or cork bobber to the line by feeding the free or tag end of the line through the small opening that goes through the body of the bobber. Peg or fix the bobber to a specific position on the line by inserting a small wooden or plastic peg in one end of the opening, thus wedging the line in place.
Tie a hook onto the end of the line using a clinch knot. Tie the knot by feeding 3 to 4 inches of line through the eye of the hook. Wrap the free or tag end of the line around the main line for six to seven turns. Feed the tag end back down and through the small loop formed above the eye of the hook. Moisten the knot and pull tight.
Check the position of the bobber to ensure the hook and bait will be suspended at a depth where fish are feeding.
Tips & Warnings
- Attach a small weight to the line above the hook to help hold the bait in position.
- Use caution when handling hooks and fishing line, as it is possible to receive an injury from a sharp hook. Tightly stretched fishing lines such as monofilament may also produce cuts and abrasions.