How to Put on a Fishing Bobber

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Bobbers are floating objects that help fishermen determine when fish are biting the bait. Bobbers are attached to fishing line, so they also allow anglers to present baits at precise, pre-determined depths. While there are multiple varieties of bobbers, spring bobbers that attach directly to the fishing line are most popular.

Items you will need

  • Fishing rod and reel

  • Fishing line

  • Bobbers

Determine how far into the water you want the bait to go. If you want to hang the bait 3 feet into the water, for example, the bobber should be set 3 feet above the bait.

To attach the bobber, press the piece of plastic on top of the bobber, which will release a small clip on the bottom of the bobber. Thread the line through the clip and release. The bottom of the bobber now is affixed to the line.

Place a finger where the line is attached to the bottom of the bobber, then press down on the outside edge of the plastic piece on top of the bobber. This will reveal a small clip, like the one on the bottom of the bobber. Thread the line through the clip and release. The bobber now is attached to the line.


  • To change the bobber's placement on the line, detach one end of the bobber from the line. One end still will be attached, but you can slip the bobber up and down. When you're satisfied with the bobber's placement, secure the other end.

About the Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.