How To Rig Popping Corks With A Slit (Pro Tips & Top Mistakes)

By: Luke Simonds on October 21, 2019
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It’s popping cork time!

One of the most popular popping corks out there is the one with the slit in it.

There are several advantages to this popping cork:

  1. It makes it easy to take on and off so you don’t need to re-tie every time you want to add or remove a popping cork.
  2. It’s easy to change the depth of the popping cork to match the depth you’re fishing.
  3. Fewer knots mean fewer opportunities for a knot to slip and cause you to lose a fish.

However, with all of these advantages, there are a couple of mistakes that most anglers make when rigging these corks.

Want to see what they are?

Watch the video below.

P.S. I also share a pro tip that makes these corks last much longer!

How To Rig A Slitted Popping Cork [VIDEO]

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Have you tried any of these tips?

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Barney Ward

I put two half hitches on the insert and then insert the rod. It gets rid of the trouble of different size lines and keeps the cork in the desired position.

Richard Doane

I had some all plastic slotted corks with beads inside that I tried using. I never did figure out how to rig them where they would not slide up and down the line. & even come off. Before the day was over I lost both corks. I am not sure what the key to rigging them is.

David Meeks

Is this type of cork as good a the other reg brand of popping corks

Rob Wright

Dude…no offense but you repeat the same thing over and over in your tutorials.

Chris Hubbard

Hey Luke. Just started trying popping corks, are they a one size fits all as far as leader? I tried 2 never used about 5″ cork using on 30# and even doubling it up it still slipped. Went and bought a couple of 3″ or so and man I had to beat the stem down into the cork, probably not gonna be able to pull it out it’s so tight on 30#.

Adam Bailey

Another tip that has worked for me when there is some play between the stick and the inside of the float is to use a piece of tape, like the kind you use with wrapping paper, and wrap it around the stick. You only need about an inch to start. Wrap it perpendicular to the stick; no need to spiral the tape. The tape sticks to itself well and most times one piece of tape will tighten things up well.

Paul Modena

I have always wrapped them from top to bottom looping the line then pushing the plastic tube in. They still get stretched after a while .
The other way to use them is to thread your line through the hole in the tube and then add your terminal tackle then securing on the bottom the length that you want with a small sinker on the lower side of the cork. The line will sink to the bottom if there is no wind or tide but that would be a rarity. The bait moves more vertically when you pop it as there is some slack below the cork and the sinker.

Bill DeWeese

Yeah. Never put anything on the braid, that include split shots. Unless you want to knit a scarf.

This is my favorite float, whether popping or not, as the water level is always changing and the tie on popping cork requires too much commitment to
a depth. I also like the bottom weighted ones best as they let you place the bait more precisely at varying distances down range.

One thing. Regardless of leader diameter, I just toss out the plunger after the cork has been used for a while as it just gets too loose. Between my wife’s crafts and working with glues and coatings in the garage, we use a lot of the cheapo, school kid watercolor paint brushes. The brushes have plastic handles that are tapered, thin at the butt and fatter at the end with the bristles. I take snips or fishing spliers and snip the brush head off at top and save the brush handles. Because they are tapered, they will always work nicely regardless of line.

Sure wish the corks came with a tapered stop.

Richard Fiorentino

Thanks Luke. Using these old fashioned corks ( some come with a weight inside to create noise) you can easily adjust the depth. As usual, it’s better to keep things simple. Those expensive popping corks with all the terminal stuff and wire just create more tangle possibilities.

Dave Otte

Thanks Luke this is very helpful! I would assume that using mono would even be a bit more helpful to prevent the tangling since it’s a bit stiffer than fluorocarbon leader.

Cesar Elizondo

when they don’t hold you can also just make a loop around the popping cork and that will hold it ( put the line through the slit twice )

Robert Brewer

Great tip been using them for years and never figured out why my older used one’s slipped thanks