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CASTING TIPS 2

Casting with a "Bobber"

Back in my day it was pretty common to see people of all ages casting with a brightly painted wood float. These were not the pencil type that some use for mullet, instead the type shaped like an egg, but flat at one end (tied to mainline) and pointed on the other (tied to trailer line). This "trailer" line is usually about an armspan or so in length and has some type of small lure at the end. Anything from a minnow strip, scrounger jig grub, small plastic skirt, or a small piece of bait seems to work. The bobber is worked in any number of ways, usually a bit faster and with more chugs for rigs tied to lures rather than bait.

I think this setup works well here because the floater gives enough weight to cast pretty well on a tradewind day and if I recall there were 2-3 sizes of those wood floaters, the smallest for 4-8 pound test and the largest could cast 16-20 pound test fairly well. The floater seems to cause the right kind of commotion rather than spooking the fish. Perhaps it duplicates the sounds and action of other predators in the school that may be crashing the surface. In any event most that are familiar to this have seen an aggressive fish hitting the floater as well. These days most bobber whippers have gone to the clear bubbles that can be weighted with water. I like these since your line goes right thru the bobber and is tied to a barrel swivel of your own choosing. Definitely if you want to use good tackle, this rig can be very strong, without the worry of the strength and threading of the screw eyes going into the wood.

Big game casting really has changed a lot for spinning reels. With the use of micro lines like Power Pro that have thinner diameter and stronger pound test ratings, shore casters can test deeper or farther stretches of shoreline using casting plugs of up to 3 ounces or more. This may be a good time to re-consider our story of days past using our “bobber and grub set-up”. A friend of mine did just that casting with a large surface type plug near Hilo. An armspan length trailer was tied to one of the stainless hook loops on the large lure. A nice omilu came to check out the noisy plug on one cast but could not resist bullying the smaller lure trailing behind it. Smaller fish like waha nui as well, were caught, all hitting the smaller trailer.



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