In this post I’ll break down several bomber types, how and when to use them, and how to rig them properly. 1) Fishing with a bomber allows you to suspend your bait above the bottom at the exact depth you want.
4) Bombers increase your bait’s visibility which improves your strike detection ability significantly. Even the tiniest movement is easy to spot on the surface, which makes bombers especially useful when targeting fish with subtle bites.
If you set up the bomber several feet up your main line, then controlling and landing a large fish can become difficult. Slip bombers solve all of these issues, offering greater versatility and performance than fixed floats.
An oversized bomber will result in too much resistance and cause fish to spit out your bait before you have a chance to set the hook. This style of fixed bomber works well for crappie, bluegill, and other pan fish.
You can also reel a slip bomber right up to the terminal tackle, which makes landing larger fish much easier. As they’re able to slide up and down your line freely, they require a slightly more complex setup than fixed bombers.
You’ll need a couple of beads, as well as a rubber or cloth bomber stopper to set the depth you want to fish at. Many slip bombers are made from Balsa wood, which makes them a bit pricier than other floats.
This twist-on design is a real bonus, as it won’t damage your line like other fixed bombers do. These bombers are popular for casting flies on a spinning rod, but can also be used when you’re fishing with bait, jigs, and other methods.
Slip bombers are great for quickly finding the correct depth where the crappie or bluegill are at. Because you can adjust the float depth by sliding the bomber stop in mere seconds, you can stay on the fish as they move around.
A small fixed bomber paired with a jig and minnow is one of the best ways to get these fish to bite when they’re in shallower open water. A slip bomber paired up with a spinning rod is one of the deadliest methods of catching trout in moving water.
Trout will hit a wide variety of baits, including nightcrawlers, crickets, and minnows as well as flies and jigs. Overfishing for salmon and steel head is one of the simplest and most effective methods to catch these prized fish.
The precision of casting with a slip float allows you to hit small pockets effectively, and fish further upstream than would normally be possible. This is particularly useful when you’re fishing in shallower rivers and streams, as it helps you keep your bait off the bottom where it can get tangled up in vegetation and debris.
A classic round bomber works well when fishing for bass with shiners and other bait fish. A round bomber allows you to suspend your bait directly in front of the bass, which presents an irresistible target for these fish.
If you use a float that’s too large, the fish will encounter too much resistance and will release your bait rather than swallowing it. If you’re fishing in deeper water, then a slip bomber setup will work well.
Rigging a bomber or float is fairly straightforward, but you’ll need the right gear to ensure you do it properly. Fixed round bombers rigs are pretty easy to set up.
All you need is your fishing line, a fixed round bomber, hook, bait, and split shot. Figure out the depth you want to suspend your bait at, and then pull that much line from your rod tip.
All work well, but I’d recommend sliding rubber stops for their ability to quickly adjust the stopper depth. Make sure the beads are big enough to stop the slip bomber effectively.
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You can fish a bomber in anybody of water, shallow, deep or on the bottom, if you keep a few simple guidelines in mind. Finding the proper depth to fish is a matter of trial and error.
If you are using a fixed bomber, set it about a foot deeper than the length of your fishing rod. Cast as far as you can and then slowly reel the line until you can see that the bomber is on the bottom or has become fouled in the weeds.
If you are fishing in water deeper than the length of your rod, always use a slip bomber. The third line is created from your rod tip to the fish when you try to set the hook.
Rivers and streams require more work and more attention from the angler than lake fishing. Basically, you will cast your bait upstream, allow it to float downstream, retrieve it and repeat.
If you want to fish near the bank, cast the bomber out into the river a little ways, then allow the current to swing it back into the shore. A bomber serves two purposes: It suspends live worms, minnows, shiners and even dough balls in the water where bass, crappie, shell crackers, catfish, Oscars and other species can eat them.
When a fish swims off with the bait, the bomber goes under, which lets the angler know that it's time to start reeling. Alan Sherman of Miami, who specializes in fishing the protected waters of Biscayne Bay and Florida Bay, has his inexperienced customers use a Cajun Thunder to catch everything from trout and tarpon to shook and snappers.
It consists of a hard plastic foam float on a stiff piece of wire with swivels at both ends. “I use a 1-foot leader of 30-pound monofilament, which is good for a lot of fish, including shook,” Sherman said.
When the water's surface is rippled by the wind, or if there is current, the plastic beads on the bomber click together, attracting fish. You can also work the Cajun Thunder by reeling in some line until it comes tight, then popping the rod tip, which makes the float splash on the surface.
To saltwater species, that sounds like bait fish being chased, and they'll swim over hoping for an easy meal. Sherman likes to use the oval Cajun Thunder with a live pinkish or finger mullet to catch tarpon.
Cajun Thunders, available at area tackle stores, also can be used offshore with a live pilchard or herring. Using a floating river is excellent for fishing the river because it allows for extended drifts, which is important for working in the current.
After your rig is set up all you need to do is attach your favorite bait. There are tons of room to make minor adjustments to this rig depending on your preferences.
Usually, you want to use a length between about 4-10 feet of line after your bomber stop. This rig is usually fished with a spinning rod when targeting trout.
If you’re going to use this rig in moving waters look for deeper slower moving pools just after fast shallow water. Trout often like to wait in these pools for food to come to them without spending too much energy.
When using this rig, wait until the bomber is fully submerged underwater before setting your hook. If you go to soon you won’t have a good hook set and you will end up losing the fish.