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Instead of securing your bobber to your line, like a typical bobber, a slip-bobber allows your line to run through the bobber, until it reaches a 'stopper'. A 'stopper' is something placed on your line, at a certain depth, to stop your line from running through the bobber. That allows you to fish your bait at a specific depth, all by only adjusting the 'stopper' on your line. So techincally, you can place a stopper 40' up on your line, reel up, cast out your slip-bobber and bait, and effectively bobber fish your bait in 40' of water, without having all those casting issues people normally have when having a huge amount of line inbetween their bobber and bait. It's all about being able to hover your bait at any specific level in the water column. You should be able to Google some good information on different methods of setting yourself up with a good slip-bobber rig.

A good slip-bobber bait choice for Walleye around here would be to tail-hook a Shiner, or hook a big fat nightcrawler/leech in the mid-section of the bait, to let both ends of the worm/leech wiggle. Crayfish could also be a good choice, as you would be able to set the bobber to get the bait at the perfect level to keep the craw from grabbing bottom. I've killed Walleye out on LSC with live Craw. They love'm just as much as the Smallies
 
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