Types Of Fishing Bobbers

You may not be an expert on every bobber available, especially if you are new to fishing or a dedicated single-species angler.

You can be sure that you will find the perfect option for your needs, from small wobblers to panfish, to large popping corks.

Continue reading to see a list of the top bobber designs available.

Different types of fishing bobbers

The Classic Red and White Bobber

Fishing Float 1 inch Push Button Snap-on White and Red Bobbers

Syhood Fishing Float 1 Inch Fishing Float Push Button Floats Red and White Bobber Fishing Tackle, 20 Packs


The timeless design of the classic red and white is simple but well-tested. It’s the fishing bobber that most anglers grew to love and is available in almost every tackle shop and bait shop.

This design is easy to use. Simply press the plunger to extend your metal snap and feed it onto your line. Then, move it into place. The snap will close when you release it, securing the bobber.

The red and white is buoyant for its size. A hook with a worm on it will make it shine. These little bobbers will not take on anything larger than a small worm, but a variety live baits such as maggots, crickets and even tiny shiners can be used to catch panfish with a red and white.

This bobber’s biggest weakness is its snap system: once it’s in place, you will need to cast with the entire length of line below the bobber.

For many situations, this is not a problem. If you are able to do wide looping casts, these Bobbers will not disappoint.

Bubble Float

Rainbow Plastics Just A Bubble Floats

Rainbow Plastics Just-A-Bubble Floats


The bubble float solves the problem of casting spinner flies.

Fly gear uses the line to provide the necessary weight for casting and launching the small, almost weightless fly. You’ll get nowhere if you use spinning gear.

Your spinning tackle can be transformed into top-flight fly equipment by filling a bubblefloat with enough water for a cast, and attaching your flies before or after the floating.

The Cigar Float

Thill Fish’N Foam Cigars Floats

Thill Floats Fish'N Foam Cigar Floats with Weighted Clip, 2 1/2-Inch, Red


Saltwater saltwater staples include cigar floats. They provide more buoyancy than a red-and-white bobber but still follow the same principle. This makes them an excellent choice for live bait work from a pier.

A cigar float is the perfect accessory for making your own surfcasting fish finder rig. The spring-loaded clamps on the cigar float ensure that your fish finder rig stays in place. These bobbers will keep your hook suspended in water, rather than buried in sand. The foam that this type of bobber is made from can withstand the abuse surf and pier fishing may dish out.

They are equally at home in freshwater where they can float a fat minnow.

The Ice Fishing Bobber

Thill Gold Medal Supreme Mini StealthFloats

Thill Gold Medal Ice 'N Fly Special Float - Red/Yellow - 1 1/2 in


Soft plastics and micro-mini jigs are very popular in ice fishing. Matching hatch size, color and action is always a good idea. A good bobber is needed to hang those micro options. It should be light enough to match perfectly with small jigs and soft plastics.

These micro jigs are small enough that a good ice fishing flotilla is able to match their size and offer very light weights. To lock the float in its place, simply run the line through the float.

Casting is not an issue in hard water so it’s easy to use.

The Waggler

ThkFish Glow in the Dark Slip Floats

QualyQualy 5Pcs Lighted Fishing Bobbers EVA Foam Fishing Floats and Bobbers + 10Pcs Fishing Glow Sticks, Night Fishing Light Up Bobbers 10g


The concept behind the waggler’s idea is simple and genius. You can increase the length of the float to create more action and allow anglers detect the smallest nudge.

They are ideal for detecting strikes and night fishing.

These wagglers are simple to rig using a silicone stopper and a simple bead. They slide along your line like slip floats.

The Popping Cork

Precision Tackle Cajun Thunder Popping Cork

Precision Tackle 15405 Cajun Thunder Oval, 2.5-Inch, Weighted Sunglo


Popping corks can create flash and vibration, which attract predators to your live bait.

Popping corks are hard to beat, from redfish to flatheads that love to hunt live prey species like blues, and catfish species such as redfish. Popping cork is also a great way to kill pike, walleye and muskies.

Popping corks can be used to lead your main line and your tooth-proof leader.


Slip Float

Thill Pro Series Slip-Float

Thill Floats Pro Series Slip Floats, 1/2-Inch/Small


Slip floats are named for their ability to slide. Simply run your line through the floats, attach a stop bead or simple knot stop, then adjust the depth. This allows you to accurately adjust the distance between your terminal tackle and the float while still reeling in all of the line for casting.

Slip floats solve the problems you have with casting a red-and-white bobber. They also make it easier to cast a waggler-like shape. This combination is great for panfish such as crappie and can be cast with ease a Marabou or live minnow jig.

Last Thoughts

Anglers have a wealth of options with the proliferation of products available online. This is certainly true for bobbers as well as floats.

There is no single best way to fish, but there are many options.

We hope this article helped you to find the best fishing bobber for you.

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Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.