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Spring Bobbers

by , Posted to on 12/11/2006 2:12 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/22/2005
Location: ND
Who has used a spring bobber? How does it work? How do you attach it to your rod? I would like to try one for sensitive perch this winter. What else can you tell me about them? Thanks.

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Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 2:48 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/13/2003
Location: ND
spring bobbers are great when you have extremely light bitters. the ones i have used before have been put through the tip and sorta clipped to the rod just by where the tip guide is wrapped. Run your line though tip and though the O on the end of the spring.The small piece of spring steel is real sensitive and will fool you for awhile if you have a live minnow on the end.
Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 2:51 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/27/2005
Location: ND
They are the best thing since sliced bread.
Used on this weekend, and it works great.

Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 2:52 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/03/2005
Location: ND

Wrote an article on them last year.  Talk about invaluable for mid-day cruising perch, as well as light-biting bluegill and crappie!  A great tool to have, and fun to use!

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Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 3:00 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
Well my take on them is they do help.  However, I do not own a single one anymore.  Unless you are going to be fishing diehard for panfish and are going to be in warm environments at all times I would suggest a quality rod with visible line.  Too many ice ups (no matter which brand) for me.  Just like fishing the river during spring time, a quality rod with high vis line is the cats meow.

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Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 3:04 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Work great for light biters. Unless you're fishing out of an ice house, make sure you get ones with tip openings that are large enough to let some ice that builds up on the line to pass through as well. I've taken a different approach the past few years. I make my own rods using a 30" fiberglass blank. To get the tip I want, I put the blank in a drill and sandpaper the tip down until it's as thin as I want. I then use a single foot spinning eye on the tip. This gives a super light noodle type tip for sensitivity, a large eye that allows ice formed on the line to pass, and the backbone I need to set the hook.
Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 3:09 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
If you can get your hands the old spring bobber rod from Thorn Brothers, you have yourself the best light bite panfish rod ever built for ice fishing. They stopped making them because they were too labor intensive. I heard that they were thinking about bringing this classic back!

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Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 3:27 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/22/2005
Location: ND
I've read articles and I've seen pictures, but I still don't know how they attach to the rod or line. It can't be as simple as what a regular bobber attaches? I guess my best bet is to go to Scheels and ask them to show me and then buy a couple of them.

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Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 3:39 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Kevin, there's a variety of styles. Some require tape or glue, some have a piece of shrink wrap, on some the wire wraps around the rod and a spring type piece of wire slides to hold it on, and some just snap into the tip. They all have advantages and disadvantages as well. On some I find the wire too stiff for perch, but good for walleyes. Some hold their shape, others can be shaped how you want them. You really need to go look at them. I'd buy a couple different ones (they're really cheap) and find out what works best for you. Also, I've found they work best with Fireline or some other superline. These lines are so sensitive that any touch by the fish and you'll see the tip move. Limp lines often have too much stretch/memory and don't let the tip show the bite as well. Good Luck.
Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 3:44 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/22/2005
Location: ND
So after you attach it, you will need to re-do your line through it and re-tie everything?

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Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 4:04 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/27/2003
Location: MN
Used them for the first time this weekend going after panfish....worked great...will never ice-fish for panfish without them again...will try them on walleye too.

I used the kind that is a thin flat piece of metal and it has a little clip that attaches to the rod. Yes, I had to re-do my line and re-tie.

I went to Scheels Saturday night after fishing on Saturday, and saw a set-up that looks more like an actual spring that actually hooks through the eye-let of the rod...looked pretty slick and bought one, can't wait to try it out next weekend hopefully.
Re: Spring Bobbers
by on 12/11/2006 4:58 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/12/2003
Location: ND
Been using them for years,I tape them to the rod.Work great in the ice house,especially when you ar e fishing in deep water.They work great in you can put some weight on them and get to the bottom faster.If you just want to jig your bait a little bit all you have to do is hit the spring bobber a little bit.You also dont have to be looking down your hole if you sit your rod on a bucket or whatever.I put a slip bobber srting on my line to mark were the bottom is.
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