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Question by campy1649. Uploaded on January 16, 2009
As far as I know they do just what the name says.You can use small rubber bands. Just cut a small diameter rubber band and tie a over hand knot on your line. Now just cut off both tail ends close with a nail cutter. When you want to adjust the rubber band just pinch it with your fingers and slide it up or down.
Some commercial bobber stops are a piece of string tied around a small piece of tube. You slip your line through the tube and then slide the string onto your line and take the tube off. Then you can pull each end of the string and it will tighten down on your line. Snip the ends and slide a small bead on your line right below the bobber stop, this keeps the slide bobber from sliding up onto the stop and getting stuck. Slide the bobber on and attach your tackle and your ready to go. Another type is a small rubber beads that is on a small piece of wire loop. You put your line through the loop and slide the rubber stopper onto your line. Then you can move it up or down your line to the desired depth. I like the string better becasue sometimes the bead gets caught on the top eyelit of the pole when reeling in and it messes up your depth.
Run out right now and buy a copy of our current issue (Feb-09). My Fishing Column in that issue deals with slip bobbers and bobber stops. You should find it very helpful.
THey stop your line from sliding through the bobber. It helps you fish at a desired depth.
They usually are a little piece of plastic with four holes in them. You simply weave your fishing line throught the holes. The bobber stop is to big to fit through the bobber so you can move you lure up but not down past the set depth.
We use bobber stops at the mouth of the Columbia river in the State of Washington. There is a long rock jetty that goes about a mile out into the ocean. Salmon come up on the river side of the jetty in the late summer. We usually set the bobber stop so the bait slides down about 12' to 15' below the bobber and then stops. We rig up as follows: first slid your bobber up your main line, next side a plastic bead on you main line so that the bead is just a bit bigger than the hole in the bobber stem. We use a small piece of flexible thin plastic that has 4 holes in it as a stop. You weave you main line back an forth through the holes so the stop doesnt slip easily up and down the main line but you can still manually slide the stop to the desired depth. Next, tie on a good ball bearing snap swivel. Attach a small bananna shaped mooching sinker (about 1 1/2 oz) to the upper swivel and about 2' of leader to the lower swivel with a whole herring on a double hook setup. This setup allows you to set the depth of the bait wherever you want. The small plastic bobber stop winds onto your reel and doesn't interfere too much when you are casting. The bobber, weight and bait all crank up to the tip of your rod so you only have about 2 1/2 feet of stuff dangling down. You can cast this. The bobber stop might be 15' or more up your main line. The wieght and bait pull the main line through the bobber until the stop hits the bead and the stop. This prevents the bait from sliding any further through the bobber and it stops at the desired depth. We catch a lot of slamon of the rocks with this setup and sometimes do a lot better than the charter boats. We use heavy monofiliment since the rocks have sharp barnacles on them. This is really a blast!
To set the line at a certain depth in the water.
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