Super Easy Dock Fishing Popping Cork Hack
If you aren’t confident with dock fishing yet, then check out this super easy dock fishing popping cork hack!
Casting underneath and around docks is a skill in itself but for some of us at varying experience levels, it can post a challenge.
Check more out below!!
Dock Fishing Popping Cork Hack [VIDEO]
Equipment Mentioned In This Video:
- Four Horsemen Popping Corks
- Power Prawn U.S.A.
- Power Prawn U.S.A. Junior
- Slam Shady 2.0 Paddletail
- Gold Digger Paddletail
- Saltwater Assassin Pro Elite Jigheads
- Strike King 2.5″ KVD Wake Bait
Docks are a quick way to get some tight lines, but post a casting obstacle for different skill levels.
At any time of the year, it can be advantageous to hop around and fish docks.
This is especially true in the summertime because they provide extra shade and cover that predatory fish are after.
If you are new to dock fishing and need to start from the beginning, check out Luke’s Dock Fishing Mini-Course!
Popping Corks & Approaching Docks
If you ever have trouble casting your lure out far, a popping cork will assist you in that.
When approaching a dock, you want to set your vessel upstream from the dock whether that be due to wind or current.
Then, cast out your popping cork as close as you can to the dock.
Next, open up the bail on your reel and let out some line so the popping cork actually floats underneath the dock entirely.
In the summertime, the fish are going to sit right underneath the docks in the shade and cover.
This method helps get our lure exactly where we need it to be no matter where our casting skills are at.
Furthermore, you can let it drift to either side of the dock or front and back to fish all angles just by the placement of your cast in the first place.
Try to aim your first cast to the pilings closest to the shoreline.
Let the current take it underneath the dock and then begin your retrieve.
Now you can simply work your way out by placing your casts a little bit ahead of the last one to cover all portions of water around and underneath the dock.
You can further pick up on the pattern and as you move from dock to dock pinpoint exactly where you know the fish are holding.
Dock Fishing Popping Cork Lure Choices
The #1 lure I recommend for this type of fishing is the Power Prawn U.S.A. original or junior, either one will work.
I prefer about a 1/8 oz. jighead because you really don’t need a lot of weight.
Power Prawn U.S.A. Junior lures are now available in all of our existing lure colors with Original size lures in different colors coming soon!
F.R.E.D., Alabama Leprechaun, and Gold Digger are now a Power Prawn U.S.A. lure color option.
Personally, if I’m fishing in clear water I want to use the Natural color and if I’m fishing in dirty water I’ll go for the Gold Digger.
Tannic water is kind of in between and in that situation, I’ll go with the F.R.E.D. color.
Another lure I love throwing underneath popping corks is one of our 2.0 series paddletails rigged on a 1/8 oz. open-hook jighead.
The same reasoning for choosing Power Prawn U.S.A. lure colors applies here as well.
However, in clear water I prefer the Slam Shady color in paddletail lures.
Paddletails work surprisingly well underneath popping corks.
Or you can of course rig up some live bait or live shrimp on the popping cork.
I’d recommend you rig that up using a circle hook that is comparable to the size of the bait you’re using.
Typically a size #1 or 1/0 hook will suffice.
The final lure I’d recommend throwing underneath the popping cork is the Strike King KVD Wake Bait.
These lures are similar to topwater lures but are subsurface creating a small wake across the surface.
You would cast the Wake Bait out the same as any other lure and then as you reel it back in, it’ll create that wake.
And when you are reeling it back in against the current, the lure appears to be a baitfish struggling to fight the current to any predatory fish in the area.
Retrieving The Popping Cork
As the popping cork is drifting back underneath the dock, you should give it a few twitches.
You don’t want to wait until it gets all the way to the back of the dock to then proceed with your retrieve.
Instead, you want to twitch the cork on the way in and the way out from under the dock.
Baitfish are going to move along with the current so if you let the cork drift all the way back and then begin twitching it, then it won’t look natural or appealing to fish.
BONUS Topwater Lure Hack
As an added bonus tip, this same popping cork hack actually works excellently well with topwater lures.
You can cast a topwater lure right up against a dock piling, let it drift underneath a dock, and then work it back towards you as normal.
Another cool part about this is you can actually just work the topwater lure in place because of how you’re positioning with the current.
Sometimes this is what’s needed to entice those skittish fish that are a bit on the timid side.
Go out and fish some more docks!!!
At any time of the year, fish are sitting under docks waiting for the bait to come to them.
Next time you’re out fishing on a really slow day, go ahead and give this method a try next to some docks!
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