Bobber stops and bass fishing

Some fishing tackle is inexpensive but can be very valuable. An example is bobber stops.

I know…bass anglers don’t fish with bobbers. But there are a number of reasons why these little gems can be useful for bass anglers as well.

In fact, I bet you’ll find them in every Bassmaster Elite Series pro’s toolbox.

Most anglers know they are great for anchoring sinkers when casting or flipping cover. I’m going to put a few on the line in front of the sinker and then tie them down to hold the weight with the soft plastic lure. You’ll probably need more than one for more friction, especially when hitting with heavier weight.

They also work to add versatility to a lightweight Carolina rig for shallow water. I will put in a bobber stopper, then a 1/4 or 1/8 ounce sinker, then another bobber stopper before attaching the hook. This gives me the flexibility to shorten or lengthen the distance between the lure and the weight.

Or, if you decide you don’t want to rig the Carolina, just slide the sinker and plugs up the worm and you have a Texas rig without having to re-rig.

The bobber stops working on braid or fluorocarbon. I have found the 6th Sense brand to work for me and last a long time, but several companies offer them. Some companies even offer different size caps to match the line size you are using.

Their use does not stop there. A little ingenuity can create other uses if you think about it.

This happened to me one day while fishing a Florida lake with a Devil’s Horse. The Smithwick surface lure has an attachment on the nose and tail. One of the issues we have with these lures when braid fishing is that the line will snag around the front prop or treble if you pause the bait during a retrieve. Some guys reduce the problem by tying a heavy 6 inch monofilament leader between the braid and the lure. The stiffer line keeps it away from the propeller and the fore hook.

By chance I found out that bobber stops work just as well.

I picked up a rod that had a pegged sinker and a 40 pound braid. I cut the lure and removed the sinker, then pushed the bobber stopper forward in case I wanted to put the worm back on this rod.

I started thinking about it and added three more bobber stops, tied onto the devil’s horse and slid the corks up against the nose of the bait.

It worked beautifully! These stoppers helped keep the braided line stiff enough for the braid to stay clear of this accessory and the front hook. It saved me from having to untangle it and allowed me to keep my casts productive.

So if you haven’t already, I suggest you invest in stoppers and put them in your tackle box. You can find them at your local tackle store or online, and a pack costs around $3.

They have proven invaluable in the situations I mentioned earlier and may help you solve a problem you are having in your fishing.

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