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Spring Bobbers for Gentz Rods

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Good question Creeker. I also am curious if folks use the spring bobber on their Thorne rods or is there plenty of sensitivity without it for those light biters.

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On the Thorne rods, Thorne makes a great spring bobber that can be found under their rod section at the bottom of the web page. It fits right in the end of the rod and I've heard it is great, however, the Gentz rods have a larger eye at the tip so the Thorne spring bobbers don't work. I was looking for the same sort of set up for a Gentz rod, but have not found a good solution.

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I use a simple straight spring bobber with a big orange eyelet that I use shrink tube to attach to my rods. I just got back from SD perch fishing and it seemed that the rods with the spring bobbers out produced the rods without them. It might have been the suttle jigging that the spring bobber gives compared to the jerky jigging of the rods without spring bobbers. I get my spring bobbers a O'Shucks in Okoboji Iowa.

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Do most of you fish the spring bobber off the end of the pole or use it between the last eye and the second to the last eye?

I usally use it of off the end of the rod but seen a guy fishing with it between the last two eye's and it seemed to work a little better?

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Spring bobbers are super easy to make at home. Go to the hobby store and buy some spring (piano) wire and some pre-drilled beads. Make a loop in the end, slip on the bead, bend the loop down, tape it to your rod. I dab liquid tape on the tape to keep everthing tight. Vary the length and diameter to suit your needs

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Icenutt - I've seen your piano wire tip in my search. I have a couple of questions for you....What length of wire do you have off the end of your rod for panfish? Do you bend the eye of the wire down at an angle or is it flat? I like your idea of using liquid tape to keep the tape in order. I've had problems with my line getting caught in the tape over time.

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I usually end up with about a 12" bobber, so with taping about 10" from the tip. Play with the wire diameter considering the fish you usually catch. Real aggresive fish can take a thicker wire. The wire is cheap, so you can afford to experiment. As stated above, wire bobbers will detect bites better than ab out anything.

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here is how i attached a flat spring steel bobber and it works great .. last eye on rod was to small. i trimmed down the plastic so it would fit thru the eye . then used some super glue and sewing thread to attach it to the rod tip .only draw back is that it is not removeable.

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I have done some searches on the board to find the answer for this and didn't find anything so I thought I'd ask the question.

What type of spring bobbers have people used specifically for a Gentz rod? I have tried a couple of different set ups with poor results. Any help would be appreciated.

-Creeker

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Yes I have. I think they work great. I did notice they are being sold in some bait shops here in Milwaukee.

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Creeker dip the loop in the liquiid electrical tape?????

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Never heard of the stuff, but I'll swing by Home Depot and give it a shot. I'm assuming that will put a coating on the wire to smooth it out. Let me know if it serves a different purpose than that.

Thanks for the input

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