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Slip Bobber 101: Rig Up for Summer Walleyes

Everything needed to rig slip floats like a pro for more summer fish.

Slip Bobber 101: Rig Up for Summer Walleyes

The author with a twilight slip bobber walleye. (Photo courtesy of Tradition Media)

Growing up in a bait shop in Ottertail County, Minnesota, I can still remember the pegs of Northland floats and bright, yellow bins of jigheads.

One of my father’s favorite ways of catching walleyes—besides deep-rigging double-hook ‘crawler rigs on heavy egg sinkers with jumbo leeches (which we trapped and sold both retail and wholesale across the country)—was fishing slip bobbers rigged simply with best-in-class, fresh jumbo leeches in late-afternoon and evenings on the numerous walleye-heavy lakes throughout the county.

The technique—which largely became popular during the early 1980s—but was used years before by those in-the-know caught...

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