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Offline walkonwater1

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Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« on: Dec 27, 2007, 06:37 PM »
In my area as a kid we were taught that those little devises used to connect to the line to keep your presentation suspended were DOBBERS. We would laugh at someone when they would use the term BOBBER... In Maine I knew a fella that called them BOBBA-FLOATS!  ;D  ;D
Well, now that I am older and a fraction wiser and  have traveled a bit.; I have learned that nearly the entire world calls them BOBBERS!
Is it possible that the term DOBBER is limited to my little pond?
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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #1 on: Dec 27, 2007, 07:24 PM »
floats ;D
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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #2 on: Dec 27, 2007, 07:30 PM »
Always called them bobbers. Have heard them referred to as floats before, but never dobbers. That doesn't even make sense to me. I mean bobbers bob, and floats float, but..dob? Is that a verb? :P

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #3 on: Dec 27, 2007, 07:31 PM »
have heard daubers also but I always called them bobbers 

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #4 on: Dec 27, 2007, 07:43 PM »
From Hyperdictionary.com:
Definition:   \Dob"ber\, n.
1. (Zo["o]l.) See {Dabchick}.

2. A float to a fishing line. [Local, U. S.]


 
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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #5 on: Dec 31, 2007, 12:52 AM »
I have heard them called dobbers down in the wappinger falls area in ny.  That is the only place I've ever heard them called that.  I call them floats now, mostly from those expensive versions I use for "float fishing" with my centerpin, but growing up i knew them as bobbers!

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #6 on: Feb 12, 2024, 08:05 AM »
Ancient thread, but Google lead me here. Growing up in Poughkeepsie (technically LaGrange) and right near Wappinger. I always remembered calling them dobbers growing up.

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #7 on: Feb 12, 2024, 08:19 AM »

Kids and normal adults call them bobbers. Centerpin users, who think they are a cut above, call them floats. Fly fishermen, the snooty ones, call them "strike indicators"  ;D I think of them as being like training wheels. Kids use them until they learn to feel the tug and set the hook. I balk at using them on the river for bows, but I do make an exception for ice fishing. I use slip 'floats' with the picky eaters as shown by a friend who catches lots of(mostly small) lakers. It's either painful or amusing to watch my bud, who won't use a float while ice fishing, miss so many strikes.
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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #8 on: Feb 12, 2024, 08:21 AM »



As to the topic, only heard them called bobbers or floats in any of the states I've lived in.

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #9 on: Feb 12, 2024, 09:00 AM »
I sure was surprised when it popped up when I googled bobber or dobber and it came back with a local connection to me.  Must be a Dutchess County NY word

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #10 on: Feb 12, 2024, 09:10 AM »
I graduated from RCK high and we always called them bobbers..And my grandparents lived in LaGrange by the entrance /to the parkway..
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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #11 on: Feb 12, 2024, 09:14 AM »
Bobbers or floats in all the states I've lived in.never heard them called dobbers.

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #12 on: Feb 12, 2024, 09:35 AM »
Ah, mystery solved.... Dobber is Dutch for float....There is a lot of Dutch influence in this area with the like using the Dutch word Kill for creek ie Fishkill. I guess dobber is a little know bit of Dutch influence that is around here. Too bad my Dad wasn't around to learn that..



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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #13 on: Feb 12, 2024, 09:51 AM »
When I was in the tackle industry, we called them floats. But the joke always was, do you know the difference between a float and a bobber? Answer: $3.00

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #14 on: Feb 12, 2024, 10:00 AM »
I do not. Without googling it.. Is a float an actual type of lure?

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #15 on: Feb 12, 2024, 10:12 AM »
Here in Wisconsin if it's round it's bobber, any other shape is a float.
A dobber is what you use to mark your bingo card.

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #16 on: Feb 12, 2024, 10:13 AM »
Here in Wisconsin if it's round it's bobber, any other shape is a float.
A dobber is what you use to mark your bingo card.
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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #17 on: Feb 12, 2024, 10:14 AM »
Yup if its round its a bobber ,if it has a stem or slip type its a float here in Michigan.

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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #18 on: Feb 12, 2024, 11:44 AM »
I don't care if someone calls it a float, I mean it does float. Bobber is what almost everyone calls them, it even says it on the package.

I've never heard anyone, from any country call them doubers. That's just goofy. ;D
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Re: Dobbers vs. Bobbers
« Reply #19 on: Feb 12, 2024, 12:36 PM »
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