What is the advantage of a slip bobber vs a the type bobber that has the little wire spring loaded hooks you can easily adjust by pressing the button? The slip bobber seems to have a lot of components you have to deal with vs simply squeezing a regular bobber onto the line.
I'm missing something and need to be enlightened!
I've fished with bobber my entire life and have always wondered why anyone would mess with the slip bobber set up...
One obvious advantage of a slip bobber is when you are fishing in treetops, cat tails, reeds, or other difficult to fish type structures....the slip bobber will allow you to put your jig/float into a "small opening" and get it back out again when your opening is so tight you can't get a fixed bobber and jig into that "small opening". There are times when tighlining difficult structures is not possible, the slip bobber is your best option. Another good use for a slip bobber is when you are fishing relatively light line over brushpiles or rocks; you can set your depth just above the structures to help eliminate break offs, plus it will allow you move those jigs over the brush with slow movement.
One of the things to remember on pole selection for slip bobber rig, is to get a pole with large eyelets, especially on the end of the pole. It makes casting them easier and fishing them deep easier. I generally keep a pole with a slip cork rigged up and in the boat.
Fixed bobbers are usually designed for relatively shallow water uses (5 ft or less depending on pole length). I always keep a fixed bobber in my shirt pocket and ready to go in a moments notice. Drifting a cork by a log, rock, tree, or outside of reeds, weeds, cat tails, etc. Slow rolling, slight twitches, or minor movements can best be achieved by fixed corks (no hopping the jig) just relatively minor/steady movement at the desired depth.
The best way to figure out how slip bobbers versus fixed bobbers provide movement is to try them out in a swimming pool...set them at 1ft, then 2ft, then 3ft, then 4ft, then just above max depth of the pool...then the next time you are fishing, visualize what type of movement you want from your jig...and remember back to your pool time...if you forget, keep going back to the pool excercise until you get it right....I can't tell you how many times I practiced that routine, until it kind of stuck with me. Once you understand the principles, then you can start to apply them to real fishing situations...which is a trial and error process, at best. Good luck and I hope this information helped.
BTW Bush hog...thanks for the kind words....