Gwizdz's gadgets and gear: Spring bobber

Sometimes, the littlest things make a big difference. And when it comes to ice fishing for panfish, a very little thing — a spring bobber — can mean the difference between struggling and thriving.

Spring bobbers are lightweight — often a single strand of wire — accessories that extend the rod beyond the tip. They're light enough that if a fish as much as breathes on it, it'll move. When the fish are barely biting, a spring bobber will tell.

If you wait to feel the bite, you're lost.

A new spring bobber on the market — by Ice Strong out of Ludington — is made of a single strand of .016th—inch titanium wire with a large-enough, brightly colored bead at the loop that even those among us with the tiredest eyes can see it. Designed to be fished with tiny baits, the Ice Strong bobbers won't kink.

Best yet, Ice Strong is a Michigan company. For info, visit www.fishicestrong.com. — Bob Gwizdz

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