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I have tried two forms of bobber stops for slip bobber fishing and so far not thrilled with either so looking for other options. First type I tried has four holes in it to work line through. They are very small so tough handling in the dark and seemed like they worked well but seem to stick at the guid tip and slip down the line having to constantly check and adjust to the height.

i also tried the place tubes with green string from Walmart. Very easy to tie on, trim and use. However seems the knot starts loosening and falls apart. If I keep the line trimmed so I can tighten knot every so,often seems like it snarls up the spool on casts.

so I am looking for recommendations on anotHer stop or some recommendations to make what I have easier to use and and manage.

one other slight related is since I am casting further out than usual float fishing for crappie any recommendations to make the bobber easier to see at night. I have a 1000 lumens lantern but hard to see the floats and I am using the biggest slips with bright yellow tops.
 

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wrap reflective tape around your bobbers to catch the light. shining a spot light directly on them on and off will spook the fish too. you either need a constant light or try to shine a broad path of less light.
 
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I use the Betts slip corks and Betts bobber stops with great results. Cinch the knot down tight on the bobber stop and then pull it even tighter using two pairs of pliers. Then make sure the bead is between the stop and the cork.
i am using the Betts slips weighted and the fluorescent stops. The main issue I am having is the thread seems to get loose very fast when wet. If I leave a longer tag to tighten messes up line. I am using 4 lb test line on very light action rods. The other stops I used were the gizmo style but bass pro guy didn't tell me to thread through each hole. Will have to try that
 
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wrap reflective tape around your bobbers to catch the light. shining a spot light directly on them on and off will spook the fish too. you either need a constant light or try to shine a broad path of less light.
will have to try that was trying to figure out a way to add glow sticks to help since I am casting a good ways out to get to the deeper water
 
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I have a pack of 100 1.5 inch glowsticks off ebay that I use a tiny zip tie and zip it to the stem of a slip float. May be able to show a pic this afternoon. Not sure how it would work with a small panfish size float tho.. The tube/knot style stops have worked for me. Maybe use a little heavier leader to tighten it down on in case you are using 4lb or so line. Try some 10lb mono.
 

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I have a pack of 100 1.5 inch glowsticks off ebay that I use a tiny zip tie and zip it to the stem of a slip float. May be able to show a pic this afternoon. Not sure how it would work with a small panfish size float tho.. The tube/knot style stops have worked for me. Maybe use a little heavier leader to tighten it down on in case you are using 4lb or so line. Try some 10lb mono.
i am going to try some ties I have with bobber to glow stick.
 

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I've never seen the advantage of such light line in the dirty waters here. I can see doing it in the clear lakes but not around here. I use nothing smaller than 8lb test.
 

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What if you put a dab of quick drying super glue on the threads after you get it tight.

Another option might be using rubber stops that slide over the line, these are designed for pegging a bullet weight but may work as a bobber stop too.
 

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Super glue would stop slips but create issue of adjusting the depth. I may put 8 pound test on just seems a waste to have that on my crappie rods
 

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I use the Bass Pro tie knots- they are made from a different thread than others I've tried and hold better- never used smaller than 6 lb. test though so no first hand knowledge with smaller line. My brother swears by the rubber stops but unless I'm not using them correctly, the rubber ones hit my rod guides when casting
 

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For a great bobber try ESB (everlasting slip bobber). I haven't found a stop that is fool proof yet. Knots start slipping eventually. They as well as other types get hunt up in line on the reel when casting. I just put up with it because they are effective.
 

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I tie my own - if you know the Uni knot then you can tie a bobber stop. Just cut about 8 in, make a loop, lay it on the main line and twist one of the tag ends through the loop and around the main line about 7-8 twists then pull it tight. It can slip up and down for depth adjustment. If I'm fishing for crappie and throwing into laydowns, and not really concerned about casting distance, I usually leave the tag ends a little longer than what looks good - (maybe a 1/4 inch or so for each end). Those tag ends stick out like two stiff arms and help ensure the stop actually stops at the top of the bobber and not go through. I hardly ever use beads. In a pinch I've even used mono for the stop knot. I've also put on two separate stops stacked on top of each other - they back each other up for the event that one of them gets loose like you describe with the green Walmart ties (I use those a lot too). Braid might work though I never tried it - I don't know if it would be too abrasive for the main line or not. That's my "system" and I've fished a lot of crappie tournaments up north

Basically, if you are in the world of crappie fishing with bobbers, you are going to be breaking off snags and dealing with worn out stop knots. Its a fine balance between the annoyance of putting on new stops in the weather and actually being stocked up on store-bought stops. I like the store-bought ones no doubt, but I can tie my own easier than I am able to remember to get stops when I'm at the shop.

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Had this discussion with some buddies not too long ago. After much debate, the prevailing sentiment was:

1. Tie your own knots
2. Use a bead between the Bobber and the knot
3. The best knot material is waxed dental floss or Dacron

Now, having said that, I still prefer using BPS stops, the plastic ones, but you HAVE to run the line through all the holes. They are just to easy and convenient.

Someone said you can take a lighter and "melt" the tag ends of the floss to prevent them unraveling. While I like the theory, I'm not sure you wouldn't damage the line. Maybe lighting a stick or something where you have better control. I've not tested it myself since I've never had a issue with dental floss coming untied; may have to give it a shot, just to see if works.
 

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Had this discussion with some buddies not too long ago. After much debate, the prevailing sentiment was:

1. Tie your own knots
2. Use a bead between the Bobber and the knot
3. The best knot material is waxed dental floss or Dacron

Now, having said that, I still prefer using BPS stops, the plastic ones, but you HAVE to run the line through all the holes. They are just to easy and convenient.

Someone said you can take a lighter and "melt" the tag ends of the floss to prevent them unraveling. While I like the theory, I'm not sure you wouldn't damage the line. Maybe lighting a stick or something where you have better control. I've not tested it myself since I've never had a issue with dental floss coming untied; may have to give it a shot, just to see if works.
i used the BPS stops but on,unthreaded thru end holes will rework them tomorrow to go thru all of them
 
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