The Stanley Draper Special

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about my 2-liter bobber, aka The Stanley Draper Special, and here are some photos on the rig I use while fishing at Stanley Draper Lake in Oklahoma. I didn’t come up with this rig. I learned it from watching my friend, JR, fish big catfish at Draper. I’m not sure where he got it from. Since then, I’ve shared it with others that’ve been interested. The basic idea is, it’s a slip bobber catfish rig.

The main line (65-80 lb braid) contains a bobber stop and bead, the 2-liter bobber and its bead, a 5 to 6 ounce sinker, and a swivel. The leader (30-50 lb mono) usually contains 1 to 2 hooks.

80 lb line, 2 bobber stop beads, 2 liter bottle attached using a snap swivel, 6 ounce weight, swivel, 30-50 mono, and 5/0 to 9/0 hook.


Here’s a closer look at the rig.

I use the clinch knot on the main line and leader.

How I attach the bobber to the main line. I personally don’t like running the main line through the hole on the bobber as it can end up becoming tangled up as the bobber tends to roll.

Using an eyebolt, the 2-liter is attached to the swivel.

The sail on the bobber is a frisbee attached by using an indoor/outdoor glue or an epoxy. The less weight, the better.

Paint the frisbee and 2-liter a highly visible color.

When sending it out, I like to use either a Penn level wind reel  and a strong boating rod.

Penn Peer 109, Penn Mariner II boating rod, 80 lb braid.


When you have a fish on the bobber, you’ll see the 2-liter stand upside-down.

3 lb blue catfish on live bluegill at Stanley Draper Lake.

Larger fish will take the 2-liter under water, like this 22 lb flathead.

22 lb flathead on frozen crappie at Stanley Draper Lake.

If you have any questions, please post a comment below.

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