Re: advice needed: long-casting a bobber
A couple more thoughts:
You need to control all that line at long distance, so a long rod is a must (Mine's 10.5 feet).
A lighter line will cast farther. Braided line will cast farther than mono.
All things equal, a spinning rod will cast farther due to less resistance off the reel.
With a fixed float, if you add weight to the rig, do not do so right on top of the float....it will spin and reduce forward momentum. You will have an easier time controlling your depth/drift at a long distance with a fixed float, though they may be harder to cast that far unless you are fishing very shallow (up to 5 feet).
"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life.....in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here." (Ronald Reagan, 1989)