Although there are many types of bobber stops on the market, few of them can repeatedly hold up with very large bobbers that are used for large baits. In the past I have used 2-3 of the little pink and yellow ones and they just dont seem to last after several casts or adjusting depths. I have been making my own for about 2 years now. Its cheap and easy to do, takes very little material, and making them is a good way to make watchin TV productive.
You will need the following materials:
- 20-30 lb Dacron fishing line.
- Small beads. I get mine off of ebay, usually 4mm.
- Straws. I personally use the very small coffee stirrers but, these are much easier to tie with a larger straw.
- Small ziplock bags for storage. I usually put 25 stops and 30 beads into small jewelry zip lock bags and drop a bag in my tackle box.
First we will need to cut a small hole about one inch from one end of the straw. Make sure the hole is large enough to easily fit the line through.
Cut a piece of line 6-8″ long. The length will vary a bit depending on the number of wraps and the diameter of your straws. You can adjust length as needed, just be sure you have enough on the tag ends to pull the knot tight.
Take one end of the line and place it across the straw next to the hole cut at the end of the straw.
Start wrapping towards the end of the straw and cross the line over itself to lock it in place.
Then, make consecutive loops the other direction(toward the hole). I usually do mine 7 wraps. This makes the knot very durable and should not bunch up the mainlne when pulled tight.
Pinch the wraps in place and insert the tag end from the wraps into the hole and out of the end of the straw.
Pull out the slack and slide the knot over the hole and down to the opposite end of the straw. Pull the tag ends snugging the knot so it will not fall off of the straw. Cut the straw to the desired length (1/2″) or so and you are finished.
I make as many of these as I can during the winter(when it’s too cold to fish) while reading online and watching television. With a little practice, you can make 100′s in no time at all. You can even get the kids involved, my daughter loves making them!
Be sure to check out our article on slip-float rigging for catfish too!