Popping Corks: The Truth About Shapes, Styles & When To Use Each One
By: Tony Acevedo on October 31, 2019
It’s popping cork time!
There’s such a variety of popping corks out there…
You’ve got cigar style corks, egg style corks, cupped corks, slitted corks, weight corks, unweighted corks…
How do you know which one to choose?
It can be pretty overwhelming, right?
In this video, I’m going to share with you the advantages of each type of popping cork and which style to use and when.
Ready to become a popping cork expert?
Watch the video below.
Popping Cork Shapes & Styles [VIDEO]
Here’s a breakdown of each style of cork and when the best time to use them is:
Cigar Style Popping Cork
These corks are best used in clean water and windy conditions.
In clean water, fish are more skittish, so a big splash from a popping cork might scare them off.
These corks are more narrow than the other types, so they’re more aerodynamic, which makes them best for casting in windy conditions.
Cupped Popping Cork
These corks are good for murky water and windy conditions.
The cupped part makes a lot of noise, which is best for murky water or low light conditions when fish are relying less on sight and more on other senses to find food.
Also, it is relatively thin and aerodynamic as well, so it’s good for casting in windy conditions.
Egg Shaped Popping Cork
These are the biggest popping corks, so these corks are best for bigger lures or baits.
They also make more commotion in the water, so they’re better suited for murkier water conditions.
Weighted vs. Unweighted Popping Corks
Weighted corks are better for casting long distances, but they settle upright immediately.
On the other hand, unweighted corks don’t settle upright until the bait or lure is pulling one end down.
This can be an advantage because it will let you know when or if the bait has settled and when to start popping and retrieving.
Slitted Popping Corks
Popping corks with slits or clips to attach the leader have the advantage of being easy to adjust where on the leader they’re attached.
Ideally, your bait is just off the bottom, so if you’re fishing in two feet of water, and then it drops off to four feet, a slitted or clipped popping cork makes it easy to adjust the depth of your bait.
To learn more about slitted popping corks (and learn the most common mistakes and how to make them last longer), read this article:
Popping Corks With Metal Rods & Beads
Popping corks with metal rods and beads are best in dirty water or low light conditions because they make a lot of noise.
If this racket is spooking off fish, bare corks with rattles in them are a good step down.
I hope this clarified the wild world of popping corks for you!
Do you have a favorite style of popping cork?
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