Bluegill size exposed! (Via your ice fishing spring bobber)
Your spring bobber is an excellent tool for determining the size of a bluegills striking your bait under the hard water. Generally if I see my spring bobber jumping up and down rapidly, that indicates a small fish picking away at my bait.
If the spring bobber bends down slowly, that’s a big bluegill under most conditions. The same rule of thumb also applies to crappies.
Many times while fishing, I’ll notice a wide red band on my Vexilar while holding my rod steady. Yet my spring bobber was not moving. I set the hook, and there was a big bluegill!
By the way, when setting the hook via a spring bobber, offer some serious force because that spring has so much flex in it. You have to compensate for that bend, so just lifting does not give a good hookset.
Remember to also adjust spring bobbers, which are available in different tensions – light, medium, and heavy. A spring bobber works almost like a lever system. If you need to detect real ultra-light bites, move your spring bobber ahead of your rod tip guide – maybe way ahead! That added movement will allow you to detect an ultralight bite. If you’re not dealing with real finicky fish, go ahead and move it back toward the handle.
Spring bobbers are great tools, and I use them all winter!