I Have a question for you about the float system you are using with your jig action on the crappie/gills. In jigs or live bait applications that have ultra light gear (say 2-4 pound test) I have gone to almost exclusive slip floats or casting bubbles. The reason was that the spring type bobbers seemed to nick or damage the very light line quite a bit. I have not had that trouble with the slip floats or casting bubbles.
I read in someones post (tap tap taps I think) that you were using s spring bobber--I think I saw a green/white one in one of your pics. Is it a spring bobber you are using? Have you had any line damage problems from it? If not do you mind sharing what specific float it is? What size/diameter were you using? And lastly, can you see a lift bite with it(where a fish swims up-swallows the bait--but does not swim down or away thereby not taking the float under but causing it to "lift " slightly--on a slip float you can often see it rise slightly or see the float lay slightly on its side while on top of the water). If you have one a pic would be great to--interested if there is a wider use for the spring bobber than I have been applying.
With low wind conditions I'll use a plastic premium 3/4" float.In the wind or if I am tring to cover a bunch of water I'll go with a weighted bobber. It does mess with the line so I'll slide the bobber up the line as I retie my jig every 30 fish lets say.If I get into a bass or bigger slabs I'll retie more often. I'm breaking off alot anyway on stumps or trees hidden in the water. The lilly pads have broken off of the bottom so I'm in them too. The reed stubble gets me too when those gills drag me in .
Being I have hundreds of jigs the break off does not bother me unless I loose my bobber. They can get expensive.Some days I'll not loose a thing and on other days I'm always re tieing. Also for me when I put a slip bobber on the slip knot slides so I tighten it and the line gets weak there too so which is the worse of the 2 evils??
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