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Smart Stop Bobber Stops

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lawman

OK, I may not be the most nimble guy in the outdoor world but for the life of me i can't apply those little yellow plastic bobber stops I bought at the Sports Show this past weekend. I ruined a dozen of them just practicing. Anybody else have the same problem? I know you have to be gently and not crush the little buggers. What am I doing wrong?

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IceHawk

I broke a bunch also at first :eek: my bear paws just squeeze a little to hard! You definitely need to be carefull when putting them on to much pressure and another one bites the dust. Great bobber and concept can be used for a slip or fixed bobber just a little fragile. 

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Wanderer

I kinda like em.  But I try to always use a small pair of pliers to clip them on the line.

Once you get used to installing them correctly they work real nice.

Look closely at their shape and how they fasten and you’ll see how you can’t just clamp down on them in any old direction.  They have a hinged side so your pressure has to be somewhat at a 90 degree angle to get them to snap correctly.  More pressure isn’t the answer.

Theoretically the holder has them all aligned for easy line holding and a quick clip with the pliers.  When it work right, it works great!

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leech~~

The Tube can be your friend! ;)

 

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paceman

interesting I might have to try one....

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fishingstar

how well do they stay in place when reeling in a bigger fish.

I have used rubber stops shaped like that but would not stay put 

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Wanderer

I’ve used the rubber stops before and agree they are a waste of time.  Aside from the one size fits none line hole sizing, I think the extra friction of the rubber coming in contact with the rod eyes is an issue.

The Smart Stop at least clamps to your line diameter and has less friction on your eyes.  I mainly use these for ice fishing and summer fishing where I’m usually using 8 lb mono.  I won’t say they won’t move at all but haven’t been a problem with constant moving.  I do check depth after larger fish an am usually ok.

Standard string type stops may still stay in place better if you pull them real tight but I’ve run into line abrasion problems doing that, and I hate that worse than a little movement.  I’ve gone to leaving the tag ends of the strings longer so I can retighten easier but it always seems sloppy to me.  Not that it really matters that much.

I haven’t noticed any line abrasions when using the Smart Stop.  I think they’re quicker and easier to install too since you can just put them on about where you want and not have thread your line through the small tube and slide either the tube or the knot to your desired depth.  I see in the video he’s not using the clear plastic holder they’re sold in.  The way he clamps them down is easier than when the ring of stops is still in the holder.

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Ron Vroom

When I purchased them at a sports show, the guy doing the demo recommended the small duckbill pliers he was using sold by Menard’s. I tried using a small needle nose as well as a leather man, and ruined quite a few. I got the duck bills at Menard’s and that was the ticket, just like the guy said! I think the pressure is spread more evenly over the stop.

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