Fishing with a bobber is a great way to catch fish, and attaching it to your fishing line is a fairly simple process. Bobbers, also known as floats, are designed to keep bait at the desired depth while you’re fishing and provide an easy-to-see indicator when a fish takes the bait. Bobbers come in various sizes, shapes and styles and each type is attached slightly differently.
Slip Floats: Slip floats are the most common type of bobber used by anglers. These floats are usually cone shaped with two small chambers that house small lead weights.
To attach a slip float, slide it up your main line until it reaches the desired depth. You can then secure it in place by tying a knot above the float on your line.
Snap Floats: Snap floats are similar in shape to slip floats but have an open cavity on one end. The open end has a snap swivel attached which allows you to quickly remove or change the float without having to tie knots. To attach a snap float, slide it up your main line until it reaches the desired depth and secure it in place by attaching the snap swivel.
Foam Floats: Foam floats are typically round or cylindrical in shape and used for shallow water applications. To attach these types of floats simply slide them onto your main line until they reach their desired depth. Since foam is not as dense as other materials you may need to add additional weight or use larger sized foam floats.
Attaching a bobber or float to your fishing line is easy once you know what type of bobber you’re using. Slip floats require knot tying while snap floats offer quicker removal/changeover capabilities and foam floats just need to be slid onto the line until they reach their desired depth. With any type of bobber, make sure that you adjust its position for different depths so that your bait stays at its intended location.