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Slip Floating

Last year (2009)was the first year slip floating for me and found it to be very effective.Would like folks that are into this kind of fishing to post photos of gear and tips on the best rods ,reels ,bait and terminal tackle to use.

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Slip Floating Trying to get it Right

5.5" Gill slip floated ,produces 19" BassChannel Cat took a Marabou/Mealworm  Jig at 5' under a float

 22" White Sucker took Crawler piece on a Yellow 16th oz Marabou Jig. Pear shape Balsa float pictured behind me.


Eagle Claw Pencil float...needs a bead so as not to split  the stem at the base after constant banging against the jig head after casting .






Discussion Forum


Here's mine for open water season 2015I just wanted to share…Continue

Started by Slip Sinker. Last reply by John Sheehan Apr 4, 2017.

Fixed Float 25 Replies

Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Dec 2, 2016.

Slip Floating... Without the Stop Knot... 15 Replies

 I have fished a slip float for as long as I can remember but the other day I was fishing in about 20 feet of water and had run out of 'Bobber Stops'. I could have tied one of my own but couldn't be…Continue

Started by Rob Hilton. Last reply by Andy is OptiMystic Feb 20, 2015.

Mail Call! Getting the itch! 5 Replies


Started by Bill Purmort. Last reply by John Sheehan Feb 11, 2013.

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Comment by John Sheehan on August 4, 2020 at 6:40am

Welcome Dave Schuyler !

Comment by John Sheehan on July 4, 2018 at 6:12am

Welcome James Michael Landrum!

Comment by John Sheehan on June 12, 2018 at 2:19pm

Welcome Rick Fuhrmann!

Comment by Stanley Mindiola on May 6, 2018 at 1:15pm

Heard a lot about people having a hard time getting thin line thru thr thill wobble bobber. Seeing I was having a problem, my wife came over with a sewing needle threaded it liner all and got it thru. Hope this can help some one.

Comment by John Sheehan on March 1, 2018 at 7:42am

Welcome Edward Meza.Look forward to your pics and contributions!

Comment by John Sheehan on April 24, 2017 at 9:08am

Comment by John Sheehan on April 4, 2017 at 8:04am

52 degree water .Yellow Perch Slip float Rig .4# Mono , Daiwa UL Spinmatic Reel/ 7,1/2' Berkeley Dough Series Rod , 32nd oz. Buck tail jig  tipped with 1/3rd Baby Crawler.

Comment by John Sheehan on November 6, 2016 at 7:10am

Welcome Edward Kendall !

Comment by John Sheehan on August 3, 2016 at 6:13am

Welcome Bait Guy !

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 15, 2016 at 9:29am

"I'm also very interested in ground bait (chumming) and shore fishing. Trying to find a basic recipe for a ground bait for gill's." 

No need to get complicated here. I suggest these:

1. Cat Food, seafood flavors 

Dampen into a moldable mass, and toss nickel size chunks into the swim you are chumming. Once every ten minutes is enough.

Don't overfeed, so a little goes a long way. You want to create a "cloud" of fine nibblies, and a scent trail. Your aim is NOT to feed the fish, but entice them.

2. Finely chopped bits of whatever hook bait you're using.

This is kinda messy, and gets a little gross, but - hey, that's part of fishing. Chopped worms, mangled crickets, ground minnows, and so on. Same rules apply as above - don't feed, entice.

3. Ground "meaty bits"

Put some chicken liver or uncooked shrimp (with the shells) in a food processor and whirl it up coarse. Use this glop as a chum bait - I suggest mixing it with the cat food.

A wrinkle on this is to poke a can of cheap cat food full of holes and suspend it over the "fishing hole." A more modern take is to use the pouches of pet food, instead of cans.


DO you want to feed fish NOW, or create a "secret spot" where you know fish are consistently feeding?
If the former, use the items in 1-3 above.

If the latter, SINK the chum to the bottom and anchor it there. Don't forget to include a retrieval rope so you don't leave cans and pouches to pollute our shared waters.

This will draw micro-feeders, which draws the small feeders that eat the micro-feeders, which, in turn draws bigger feeders.... ad infinitum.
The drawback to this method is it takes time to be effective; hours, even days.
The benefit is it is consistent and lasts a long time.  


- Here in the Gritty South (SC), we have a saying:

"The best place to catch a fish is under a piece of cornbread."

I can vouch for this one. I make my "pone bread" with cracklin's and lots of grease. Sometimes I toss in some cheese. It is moist, delicious, and full of meaty flavors that fish like. It also makes a dandy snack while fishing.

- I've also heard that ground eggshells make an effective attractant/chum. The fish see the bright bits and come out of curiosity.

- Place minnows in a glass (plastic) jar that has small holes poked in it, and suspend it in the water at your fishing spot. The captive minnows attract other fish, which are then ripe for catching

- Collect road kill, raw meat scraps from the kitchen, the carcasses and guts of cleaned fish, even manure... and suspend it over your "honey hole." Hanging it in a tree branch, usually in a wire mesh cage near the surface, is traditional.
Do this when it is warm, and enticingly horrible oils and juices will begin to drip into the water as the stuff decomposes, which is like a siren call to fish. Meanwhile, flies have been working on the ghoulish creation, and their maggot-babies soon appear...and fall of into the water.

You may never get the fish to leave after this!

But it may also attract other anglers, or offend anyone within 100 feet... the smell, you see. So choose your Drip Site carefully.


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This coppernose measured just over 11 inches. Catch and release form my float tube.
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