on a rod and real. What we were planning on doing since we go to the river a lot is go up in a cove and let the current hold it up. I think it would help if the bait were halfway down inted of right on the bottom.
We fish like that a lot but we just use big bobbers. However, I could see the advantage to using balloons if the bait was extremely heavy as it would hold the bait up better than the bobber. I might try using a 3 sided swivel. Tie the line from your reel to one, a string tied to the balloon on one and then a leader with your weight and hook on the third. There might be an easier way but I'm not familiar with it. You may have a hard time finding those swivels. (not to mention there would now be 3 knots - weak spots - in your line instead of just the knot at the hook.)
I have ballon fishing several time but mostly for shark and then some bass when fishing with large shiners.
I attach the ballon directly to the line by tieing it and then utilizing a tooth pick if need be to hold it in a specific depth.
You want it to release and go away after a strike and hook-up-----:cheers:
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