How to Knot and Setup a Slip Bobber

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While clip-on bobbers are easy to rig and work well in shallow water, slip bobbers offer much more flexibility, and enable anglers to fish in very deep water. Unlike clip-on bobbers, which make casting difficult, slip bobbers slide all the way down to the hook when you reel in your line. If you decide to switch presentation styles, you can cut off the terminal tackle, slide off the bobber and beads and switch to a new lure.

Items you will need

  • Fishing line

  • Black marker

  • Bobber stop

  • Scissors

  • 2 beads

  • Hollow-bodied bobber

  • Hooks

  • Split shot

  • Pliers

Step 1

Decide how deep you want to present your bait or lure. Using the black marker, mark your fishing line an equivalent distance from the end of the line. For example, if you want your bait to rest about 10 feet below the surface, make the mark 10 feet from the end of your fishing line.

Step 2

Slide the bobber stop -- a small plastic tube with a length of twine wrapped around it -- onto your fishing line and move it to the black mark. Slide the twine off the bobber stop and onto your line. Remove the plastic tube from your line.

Step 3

Tighten the knot enough that it holds in place, but can be slid if you apply force. This way, you can adjust the depth of your presentation later if necessary. Using the scissors, cut off the loose ends of the twine to keep them from becoming tangled on your rod or reel.

Step 4

Slide a bead onto your line. The twine serves to prevent the bead from traveling farther up the line, while the bead serves to reduce the wear and tear on the knot.

Step 5

Thread your line through the slip bobber. Slide the second bead on the line after the bobber to protect the knot holding the hook.

Step 6

Attach a hook to the end of the line with an improved clinch knot. Bait the hook with a night crawler, minnow or leach.

Step 7

Attach split shot about 12 inches above the hook by using the pliers. Add only enough weight to ensure that the bobber floats vertically in the water.


  • If you do not have a stop bobber kit, you can tie a knot on your line with a piece of twine or a rubber band.
  • Slip bobber fishing is not a good way to locate fish, but it is very helpful for catching fish, after you have located them by trolling or casting.