How To Fish Popping Corks 101 [Spots, Retrieves, & Gear]
Welcome to how to fish popping corks 101!
In this video, we’ll be talking EVERYTHING popping corks from the best spots to use them in, to the right gear you need, and more.
If you want to catch more fish on popping corks, then keep scrolling!!
Popping Corks 101 [VIDEO]
- Four Horsemen Popping Corks
- TFO Pro S 7’6″ Medium-Heavy
- 15lb PowerPro
- Ande Monofilament Leader
- Power Prawn USA Junior Gold Digger
Types Of Spots
The very first thing to decide is where you’re going to fish!
My absolute favorite areas to fish with popping corks are flooded flats, especially ones with structure.
The ideal depth is anywhere from 2-5 feet.
Flooded flats near creek mouths, oyster bars, or similar structure are the indicators of a great popping cork spot.
The popping cork will keep your hooks away from invasive structure and you have the option of fishing along the grass line banks.
Personally, I don’t fish with popping corks around docks, or deep holes and bends in creeks.
The reason why is that those are ideal conditions for fishing with a slip float rig.
Popping corks provide a fixed depth of leader line while a slip float moves up and down.
Moreover, flooded flats also commonly have good current flow.
It can be advantageous to fish a flat adjacent to a wider body of water with ledges.
Rod, Reel, & Terminal Tackle
My setup starts with the 7’6″ TFO Pro S Medium-Heavy.
You could bump down to a Medium but I would lean toward the heavy in this case.
Popping corks can get heavy and you want enough backbone in your gear to handle that.
The issue with using lighter tackle is when a fish goes to strike your hook, the weight of the cork will also interfere with your hook set and you could miss the fish or not stick the hook in their mouth as well as you could have with a heavier rod.
Also, keep in mind, you’ll be popping the cork all day and it can take a toll on you.
The reel I’ve got paired up to this rod is the Daiwa BG 3000 but I would recommend any kind of 3000 series reel for this outfit.
Lighter reels just won’t balance well with the entire system.
As far as braid goes, 15lb braid is what I recommend and you’ll have no issues launching the cork out with a slightly heavier line.
The Popping Cork System & Retrieves
Right at the top of the entire system is the FG knot connecting the braided line to the leader line, with one exception.
I have a 30lb monofilament leader after the FG knot running into the cork.
The reason for this is to avoid tangles and issues with braided lines and popping corks.
When the braid gets wet, it’s then so easy for it to wrap around your rod tip or the cork and become tangled.
The cork itself is a Four Horsemen Popping Cork, and in this case, it is the oval shape.
If I am targeting redfish, then I may lean toward using the cup-shaped cork.
Moving down the system, the cork already has a swivel underneath it to attach your leader and then hook.
I use a 20lb monofilament leader and the length typically varies based on the area and structure.
An 18 to a 30-inch leader at most is ideal.
When it comes to baits and lures, you can use anything under popping corks.
You can fish live bait, shrimp, or even artificial lures.
My favorite is any type of shrimp presentation both live and artificial.
I tend to get more hookups on smaller shrimp presentations like the Power Prawn USA Junior underneath corks.
When it comes to the weight of your hook or jighead, I found 1/8 oz. to be the sweet spot.
You should always pay attention to the current speed and make adjustments if needed.
As far as retrieves go, popping corks are designed to mimic a shrimp or bait bouncing up and falling back down to the bottom.
Most of the strikes happen on the fall.
Give the cork a quick pop and then let your lure settle down and repeat.
Another retrieve is called the dead drift which is just letting the cork flow in the current or wind.
Fall is one of the best times of the year to fish with a popping cork!
What’s your favorite type of popping cork?
Do you have a favorite area to fish with popping corks?
Please let me know down in the comments!!
Finding The Fish Help
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