The summer fishing season is here.
Summertime is live bait time, which means its time to drag out the slip-bobber rigs to present the live bait.
Most young anglers start out watching a bobber. When introducing kids to fishing, a great approach is to take them to a bluegill pond and tell them to watch the bobber for signs of fish activity. The average kid has a limited attention span, and the jiggle of the bobber is the kind of visual reward that will help keep their attention.
Most of us like to think we graduated from this approach to more advanced fishing levels. But bobber fishing has been very popular in recent years (mostly as a result of the professional walleye fishermen), and anglers in fresh and saltwater venues are using bobbers in a variety of situations.
The bobbers we are talking about are not the old style red and white clip-on bobbers. The rigging or design that is all the rage recently is the slip bobber. The pro walleye anglers seem to be the leaders in the trend, but you can also find plenty of information on slip bobbers for bass, catfish and even various saltwater species.