5 Shore Fishing Tips

5 Shore Fishing Tips and Techniques You Need To Know

Slip Float vs. Bobber (4 of 5)

One of the significant advantages of shore fishing is being able to not only bring the kids out on a day trip but to have them participate in the activity of fishing. 

One of the most exciting ways to catch these fish is with the good ol’ red and white bobber. The problem, though, is that dad must keep casting and re-casting each kid’s rigs out because of the awkwardness. If there is a necessary (depending on conditions) three feet of line between the bobber and the bait, kids will have a tough time handling that kind of setup.

Enter the slip float.

This is a typical slip float with stoppers. The fishing line goes through the center of the float allowing it to slide up and down.

A slip float does the same thing as the original red and white bobber, but in many instances, it does it more efficiently and effectively.

The obvious difference in these two float setups is the absence of line between the float and bait with the slip float rigging. With the float being directly against the bait (jig and live bait, jig and plastic, etc.), even a kid with limited casting experience can quickly learn how to fire out this rig.
For the more experienced, a slip float is an excellent tool to fish various depths (by simply changing the bobber stop location on the line). One can effectively fish one to two feet of water, all the way down to ten feet of water (and deeper, if need be).

Fish deeper while shore fishing
Here are the basics of the mechanics of a slip float. It all has to do with ease of casting and being able to fish deeper water than the average bobber.

If you fish from shore and you like using bobbers, get yourself some slip floats—they’re awesome!

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20 Replies to “5 Shore Fishing Tips and Techniques You Need To Know”

  1. Fan Cast? Top, Middle, Bottom? Cover Water? Slip float vs. Bobber? Waders, Shorts and Sandals? Wow! For a minute there I thought we were heading towards a wardrobe malfunction.

    I have done a lot of shore fishing in my life time and have come realize after reading this article, that shore fishing is quite similar to a Sonar Sweep. The logistics are so elementary. You never hunt down your target by confining your search to the same area.

    The “Fan Casting Sonar Sweep” technique, with a constant “left to right” and “right to left” motion, allows your bait to search for your intended target. A relentless pursuit that keeps the fish guessing. Alternating the length of your cast would be an added bonus that confuses your quarry and keeps it off guard.

    The “Top, Middle, Bottom” aspect goes hand-in-hand with the “Fan Casting Sonar Sweep”. We all want to know at what depth that gill-bearing aquatic craniate target is located or at least feeding. As you all know, various types of baits allow us to do just that. Locking on to your intended target gets quite easy. As you see, the bearing, range and depth, plays an important part in every presentation of angling.

    “Covering The Water” by constantly changing your shoreline location, is akin to being aboard a ship under sail, while utilizing the above mentioned techniques. Your so called “Attack Mechanism” is now multiplied, giving the shore angler an advantage very similar to those who fish from a boat.

    The “Slip Float vs. Bobber” is one of my favorite instruments in locating a target. We have all heard of “Variable Depth Sonar”. Oceanographic Documentaries utilize this type of equipment all the time to overcome temperature layers. The slip float is just that, an average persons variable depth fish locator.

    Finally we come to the “Combat Gear” portion of the program. Waders in the Cold, Shorts and Sandals in the Warm. Everyone knows, military personnel or in the this case Anglers, require the appropriate uniform to carry out their appointed rounds. Safety and security is utmost, allowing the attack and defend response to coincide and ultimately succeed.

    Man, this Sonar stuff is great. Just one word of caution, watch out for the Conservation Officer Shore Patrol. I hear their Brig is a nasty place.

  2. using drop shots ,bobbers and top water baits are my to go to techniques looking for structure and overhanging banks.I use to struckle with snaggs all the time but watching Fishing Canada they really have helped with my shore fishing 100%

  3. Fishing from shore was everything to me and my brother as kids , it helped us pass the long days until Dad could take us out . Great read thanks Pete !

    1. Your welcome Mike, glad you liked it. I too did the same, fished as much as possible from shore and then on the odd weekend, dad would get us out in the boat. Shore fishing is a great way to learn the basics and then some!

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