Lighted Bobbers

  • Profile photo of dave_ndave_n
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    Champlin, MN
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    #1240598

    The price of lighted bobbers bothers me, so I want to know if anyone uses glow-in-the-dark paint and just paints a standard bobber for night fishing? If I do buy some lighted bobbers, what do you guys recommend?

    Dave

    avatarscorfits
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    WBL, MN
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    #576663

    Stay away from purchasing them at the bait stores..way too much. I would highly recommend the Gamagatsu bobber (a little more, but will last). It has the battery that you turn upside down when not in use. The Thill bobbers don’t seem to last long at all and have to have the battery replaced too often in my opinion.

    Profile photo of WhiskerkevWhiskerkev
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    Madison
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    #576676

    I use the Thills. They are pricey no doubt. I try to get the lights on sale. Sometimes Walmart is the best place to get them. I make mine last longer by glueing a bead to the top.

    Profile photo of love2fishlove2fish
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    Shoreview, Grand Rapids, MN
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    #576696

    I am not sure what brand it is I use, but I reccomend a bobber that the line passes the the whole bobber, not just the end. Less tangles and line twist.

    John

    Profile photo of big_gbig_g
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    St. Cloud / Isle, MN
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    #576700

    Ditto the Gamakutsu. The thill, with the pull or turn led always seem to not want to stay on when fishing, but mysteriously turn on when stored in the boat to drain the battery. What ever happend to the BLUE FOX bobbers ? They were the bomb !!!

    big g

    Profile photo of dave_ndave_n
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    Champlin, MN
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    #576735

    I’m thinking of buying this stuff. Probably save money in the long run.
    Glow Paint
    A nice reference here also:
    Fishing Lures

    Profile photo of pool13_jeffpool13_jeff
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    NW, IL
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    #576779

    I use the Thill Nite Brite’s, but they groove way too easily. I’ve tried others, but like these the best.

    Profile photo of big_gbig_g
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    St. Cloud / Isle, MN
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    #576790

    Thats the company, but not the bobber. They were pretty much just like the Gama’s, but were orange, red and yellow. They used the lithium battery that you turn around to shut off, just like the Gatsu’s do. I have about 4 left, but they get dried out and the tips break, after about 5 years…

    big g

    Profile photo of Brian KlawitterBrian Klawitter
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    Lakeland, MN
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    #576806

    I just started using the Gamakatsu Night Flyer last year. I can see it 300 YARDS away…and it works great for fishing the next snag down river!

    About $20.00…and that’s enough to pull anchor and chase it if lost.

    Profile photo of shaleyshaley
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    Milford IA
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    #576811

    I started using the Gamakatsu also last year, so far still on the first batery and we use them a bunch. Brightest lighted bobber I have ever used and seals good so won’t fill with water like others we have tried.

    Profile photo of Bob CarlsonBob Carlson
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    Mille Lacs Lake (eastside), Mn.
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    #576906

    Quote:


    Stay away from purchasing them at the bait stores..way too much. I would highly recommend the Gamagatsu bobber (a little more, but will last). It has the battery that you turn upside down when not in use. The Thill bobbers don’t seem to last long at all and have to have the battery replaced too often in my opinion.


    I agree with the above…They are super bright allowing you to easily spot your bobber!!

    Profile photo of jami_ritterjami_ritter
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    Hastings, MN
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    #576988

    Quote:


    About $20.00…and that’s enough to pull anchor and chase it if lost.


    $20, holy moly!

    Jami

    Profile photo of Brian KlawitterBrian Klawitter
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    Lakeland, MN
    Posts: 44,453
    #577042

    Hey..it comes with batteries.

    Profile photo of James HolstJames Holst
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    SE Minnesota
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    #577150

    Quote:


    Hey..it comes with batteries.


    6 or 12 volts?

    Profile photo of walleyebuster5walleyebuster5
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    Central MN
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    #577154

    I dunno know if you’re stuck on a “glowing” bobber but I’ve used glow sticks for years now with zero problems. I just had wayyy too many problems with the mechanics of glow bobbers not to mention replacing the batteries. I know the glow sticks are just over $1 per stick but they work great for me. Initially I was concerned that the line could wrap around the stick somehow but for 6 years now I’ve yet to have that or see it happen to anyone in my boat.

    avatarwhiskeyandwater
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    ????
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    #577192

    I’m with Walleyebuster, I’ve been using glow sticks for 2 years now and they work well for me. plus these days I need the $20 for gas to get to the fishing hole.

    avatarggoody
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    Mpls MN
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    #577195

    The Gamakatsu bobbers that Bobber and I use “Firetip Floats” are $10.

    They end up being much cheaper then the Thills in the long run and are way better.

    I don’t use the chain.

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