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Working With Fishing Floats – Tips, Tricks, And Techniques

By Tim Beachum

Fishing floats also referred to as fishing bobbers, have been around for years. Most experienced anglers understand that this device serves two prongs. Primarily anglers use this device to control the depth at which they fish their bait. The second use for this device is to alert anglers when a fish has taken the bait. The angler knows this has happen because the float will disappeared from site, do to the fact that the fish has taken it under water. This action lets the angler know that it is time to set the hook.

One of my personal favorites is the skinny, long type of bobber, which I use when fishing coarse type waters. I also get excellent results when I fish a float in still waters. In this type of situation I choose to use a very thin tube style float made of plastic – most anglers refer to this style as a waggler.

When you are fishing in slow flowing water nothing beats using an avon fishing bobber. This type of float can be easily identified because of its oval shape, which is hollow on the top. The design of the avon float allows the angler to cast their bait much further.

There are also fishing floats that are designed to give the angler directional control. Whenever you are fishing on a river (and the currents are not to strong) you can use this type of float to navigate it left, right or down stream. This type of control will allow the angler to reach areas of the river that would be difficult to reach otherwise. I personally use this type of float to reach under and around boat docks. This strategy is extremely effective.

Writing this article takes me back to my childhood days of sitting on the bank of Lake Erie impatiently watching my fishing bobber. Every few minutes it appeared that it was going under, but no such luck. That feeling you get when a fish finally takes the bait, is one that you carry with you throughout your life. Even to this day I still have that feeling, and I have been able to share those experiences with my son. Although fishing floats may have changed over the years, that feeling that you get when your sitting there watching it has not.

Since my childhood days fishing floats have changed and there are a variety of styles to choose from, however the purpose that they serve remains the same to this day. Personally I I do not think that they will ever change and I hope that everyone can experience the feeling that I did at least once in their life.

Fishing Bobber Basics

I want to take a moment to share a few basics that will ensure you a great fishing experience. When using a float you should choose a size large enough to support the type of bait and weight that you are using. You can tell if you have everything right because only the top of the float will show once you have cast.

You should make the leader light enough so that the fish will not be frightened by it. It is also a good idea to use a bait that will sink, if the bait floats you will dramatically decrease your chances of catching a fish. Make sure that you are using sharp hooks, a dull or old hook will allow the fish to get away once you attempt to set the hook.You will want to adjust your bait level so that it is right below the float, but not to close to the bottom.

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Beachum, Tim "Working With Fishing Floats – Tips, Tricks, And Techniques." Working With Fishing Floats – Tips, Tricks, And Techniques. 11 Jul. 2010. 27 Feb 2016 <>.

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