Try a slip bobber for summer sunfish

Have you ever tried a slip bobber for catching sunfish in the summer?

If not, you should.

A slip bobber rig is the perfect setup for catching bluegill and other sunfish in late spring and summer when many larger sunfish are moving away from shallow locations near the coast to deeper weed lines, underwater humps and other structures.

What is a slip bobber?

A slip bobber is simply a bobber that is molded around a hollow tube that runs from top to bottom. This type of bobber, when combined with a sliding bobber stop knot and a plastic bead, allows you to fish deep water and perform long casts at the same time. This is because, unlike standard bobbers, which you attach to a certain depth on your line, a slip bobber can move freely up and down until it reaches a “bobber stop”. As such, you can curl your bobber almost to the tip of your rod even though you are fishing 10, 15, or 20 feet deep.

The video for this blog shows how to tie a Slip Bobber Rig. It’s easy. Slip bobbers, knots, and beads can be found in bait stores and other fishing stores. Slip bobbers are often sold in a single pack that contains two, three, or five bobbers. Slip bobbers, like ordinary bobbers, come in different sizes, shapes and materials. Some are foam. Some wood. Some are even weighted so you can do even longer throws because the bobber has so much mass.

You can even buy lighted slip bobbers for deeper water fishing after dark. Slip bobbers are also widely used in Minnesota to catch pikeperch. Experienced anglers locate the pikeperch stop positions, slide an anchor overboard and set their Slip Bobber “Bobber Stop” to a depth that will hang their bait about a foot above the ground. After that, just wait for the bobber to sink and check the box.

While upgrading a slip bobber is easy, there is one thing to know. When sliding the bobber stop knot onto your leash, you should tighten the knot with medium pressure. If you pull too hard, the slip knot won’t slide up and down easily. If you don’t tighten the knot tight enough, the knot will move up and down the whole line and your bobber depth will keep changing. So pull the knot tight with medium tension (not too loose; not too tight).

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CB Bylander

CB Bylander

CB Bylander is a longtime Minnesota angler with extensive angling experience throughout the state. He is a former field editor for outdoor magazines, outdoor editor for daily newspapers, and communications specialist for the Ministry of Natural Resources.


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