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Does the type of Float/Bobber you use matter when fishing for Bluegill?

I have personal preferences but I was wandering if anyone else gives it much consideration. I prefer a small/tapered bobber to support accurate casting in tight locations. I put a couple photos with my favorite and a third photo with my dad's favorite, a long skinny orange and white.

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Not so much on the style but prefer some of the longer THILLs. See it more in terms of balancing it right with the correct amount of lead. Usually if a fish even exhales near it I want to know, sometimes bruisers will hit so light that if it isn't really sensitive you'll miss them. If they're smashing it, it doesn't matter
I really like the gapen balsa slip floats.....but they are a little pricey...check out the web site...http://http://www.gapen.com/product_p/float-panfish.htm..  they are the most sensative bobber/floats that I can find.
Please repost this link doesn't work.

I use the smallest, sleekest models that I can find at a reasonable price. Before I found bigbluegill.com I never realized it might make a difference.

 

After reading some bobber style posts here last season, I changed from the basic round model and it really paid off for me.

iF YOU WANT A REAL THRILL, USE A PORCUPINE QUILL!        LOFR
I like to use a weighted torpedo shaped float for better casting but my girlfriend uses a big fat plastic bobber and she sometimes outfishes me
I started making my own from used wine corks I got from a winery. I turn them down and use a bamboo skewer for  the long center stick . Some I just drill a hole and peg them. You can experiment with shapes and sizes. I leave mine natural so they look like piece of wood floating on the water. I dont know if bright colors frighten fish or not.  I will add pictures to my page soon. 
How do you "turn them down?"
I use a threaded drill chuck that screws onto my bench grinder. I drill a 1/8 in. hole as close to center of the cork as possible. I insert a 12p nail through the hole then put the exposed end of the nail into the jaws of the chuck and tighten down.  I use a mill rasp for the rough work, then a file to shape,then sand paper to finish. You could use a drill press if you sped it up, it would vertical in stead of horizontal. I dont have a lathe but i imagine a small pen lathe would work nicely.    
These are some of the ones I made. It's fun using something you made to catch fish.  It fills some of the cold rainy days with a fish related activity. 
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I gotta try this .Thanks for the idea!

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