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Segment 9: How to Rig for Fishing a Bobber – How to Fish for Trout in Oregon


The Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife presents “How to fish for trout in Oregon.” Bobber fishing for trout is one of the most commonly used
techniques, for very good reason. Because it not only allows you to keep
your gear above the bottom structure but it’s also
effective for active and moving feeding fish. It’s also one of the most
easiest rigs to set up. So let’s go into that right now. First we’re going to take our size 8 bait holder hook and simply tie it to our main line. Now we’re going to add a split shot. We’re going to place it
12 to 18 inches above our hook. About 12 inches right here. Place your split shot on either side your line. Like so. Now we’re gonna pinch it tight using our
plyers here. That way it doesn’t slide up and down our line, it stays in the same spot. There we go. Now our split shot is attached 12-18 inches above our hook. Now it’s time to attach the bobber. There are two types of bobbers that are
commonly used for trout. Your typical red white one that you see
most commonly used where it’s attached to both the top and the bottom or your pencil style bobber which has a spring or rubber stopper.
We’re going to show you how to attach both of them. Let’s start with the red and white. First
you’re going to start with the bottom side, the red here. Push down this top button. Push it down.
You’ll see a little hook comes out. Put your line inside the hook, release the
button. Now it’s attached. Now to make it sit straight up and down with the white side up you’re going to take two fingers with your thumb on the bottom, keep that
hook from moving and press down. You’ll see this hook here comes up. You’re going to take your line that’s closest to the rod tip, put it underneath that hook and let go. Now your bobber’s attached straight up and down. It’s ready to be used. Now let’s show you how to use the pencil style bobber. These are very easy.
Slide the spring up, like so. You see there’s a little gap where you can put your main line in. Slide your main line in, and clip it closed. That’s it. Bobbers allow us to decide how
deep our bait will be fishing. The closer you
put your bobber to your weight and your hook the shallower
it’s going to be. The further up you put it the deeper it’s gonna be. Now what we want to
be careful of is to make sure that our bait is up off
the bottom so in a situation like this behind me it’s a little bit shallow with weed line.
So I’m only going to put it about two or three feet down because I don’t want my bait sitting in the
weeds or on the bottom. When you want to adjust the depth of your bait it’s very simple. All you need to do on these
spring-loaded bobbers, slide the spring up and slide the bobber further up your line. And now we’re set deeper. You can always go a little bit deeper if you just want to try a different depth. Again making sure your bait’s off the bottom.
Or if you’re on a steeper shoreline like along big steep banks or rocks or
near a dam. Now that we have our bobber attached and our depth determined we’re going to add our bait. There’s two types of bait that work really well for trout. First is going to be our eggs. These are just typical salmon eggs that have been broken apart into single pieces. There they are. With these single eggs we can add two or three baits to our
single hook. Start with one here. And we’re going to take the point of the hook, and just put it right in the center of the egg. Put it all the way through. Slide it up. Now let’s grab a second one. Same deal. Point of the hook through the egg. Slide it up and around. There we have it. Nice tasty looking treat. The other commonly use bait are worms. Now we don’t need to use the whole worm to get these trout to bite. Remember, these fish are generally 6 to 8 inches up to about 15, 16 inches. So we’re going to use a smaller bait. What your first gonna do is dig around in
the dirt find yourself a worm. Although you can use the whole worm we want to make sure these fish are able to get their mouth around the bait. So what we’re gonna do is cut off a small piece, just about an
inch and a half two inches of the bait. Put the worm between your fingers and pinch. That will give you a nice little bait to use right here. Now that we have our bait, we’re gonna go ahead
and take our size 8 bait holder hook and we’re going to thread the worm onto
the hook. To do that you start with the pinched end where it’s opened up, put the hook point through
the pinched end. Slide it about halfway up the hook shank
and then pull your hook point out of the worm. Just like that. And now we’re just going to slide the worm up the hook just a little ways. And there’s
our bait. Ready to go. Now that we have our bobber rig all set up it’s time to go fishing. Right now I have
my depth set at about two feet. The reason is because
I can see right here from this bank that it’s a shallow shoreline and extends way out there and I’m worried about my bait laying on the
bottom for getting caught on weeds So I’ve set it at two feet and now it’s time to
cast. So what I’m gonna do is let it swing way
from my body, reel up so it’s about a foot away from the
rod tip, put my finger over the line, open the bail and place it over my
shoulder. Now once it gets back there I want to make
sure it’s not twisting and spinning around. We make a side arm cast because the
bobber, the split shot and the worm all have a
different weight to them. It’ll twist up and get tangled, and we won’t
be fishing. So make sure everything is straight up and down before you cast. Now using two hands again, make a pendulum motion, and make your cast. Once the bobber gets out there don’t come tight on it. Pull out a little bit
of line, then click your bail over. We want our barber
sitting straight up and down. We come tight on the bobber and it starts to move then it’s not fishing effectively. So
again, keep your bale open, pull a little bit of line out and make sure that your bobber is sitting straight up and down. Now just kick back, relax and wait to see that go under.

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