Keep Doing THIS And You Will Never Catch Fish Using Popping Corks
Don’t make these popping cork mistakes!!!
Popping corks are popular amongst inshore saltwater anglers looking to present lures at a desired depth and portion of the water column.
Often, anglers make one of these three mistakes that completely hinder their popping cork presentation.
Learn how to avoid the top 3 popping cork mistakes below!!
Popping Cork Mistakes
The first mistake anglers commonly make when fishing with popping corks is not allowing for a ‘dead drift’.
That applies to those that are using live bait or artificial lures alike.
‘Dead drift’ simply means allowing the popping cork to move with the current without any tension on the line.
Holding tension on the line as your popping cork drifts causes unnatural movement in the entire system creating an unnatural presentation.
You want to make sure your lure or live bait is drifting with the current naturally.
Another issue due to increased tension on the line is your lure’s presence in the water column.
If you have too much tension on the popping cork, your lure will slide up and out of your intended place in the water column.
The tension on the line is pulling your lure up further than you want it to be.
If you are working a proper dead drift, the weight of your jighead or weedless hook will bring the hook down to where it should be.
A super common mistake many anglers often commit is popping the cork itself too much.
There is no secret recipe and the way you work the popping cork will depend on scenarios and conditions.
However, if you are repeatedly popping the cork, you are not giving the lure enough time to get back down in the strike zone.
You still want to create a solid pop on the cork but not so often where your lure is constantly out of the strike zone.
Sometimes, you do not even need to pop the cork at all.
Once you pop the cork, take a mental note of how long it takes for your lure to settle back down.
Right when you think the lure has settled back down is when it is a good time to continue with another solid pop of the cork.
The last mistake most anglers make when using popping corks is popping their fishing rod with too much wild motion.
Vigorously popping the cork actually creates an unnatural presentation and can spook fish.
The cork will move way too far across the surface than it should.
The goal of the popping cork is to mimic or recreate the sound of a fish striking bait on the surface to spark a competitive bite.
So when the popping cork is dragged across the surface, it does not sound like a natural predatory fish strike.
In order to avoid making this mistake, try letting out just a little slack in your line before casting.
Just a little slack in the line when you go to make the first pop creates fast action on the system.
By leaving the line tight without any slack, you can risk inhibiting the overall snap and pop you want out of the cork.
The sound of the click of the beads on the popping cork will tell you if you’ve done it correctly or not.
Also, the beads attempt to simulate shrimp or baitfish trying to escape predatory fish.
#1 Artificial Lure To Use With Popping Cork
The #1 artificial lure to use with a popping cork is the Power Prawn U.S.A. artificial shrimp lure.
Shrimp profiles are an excellent pairing with popping corks.
The Power Prawn ‘Brazilian Shrimp’ in both larger and junior sizes are also perfect matches with a cork.
The size and weight of your presentation will vary depending on the size of bait in your area and conditions.
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Popping Cork Mistakes [VIDEO]
Popping corks are designed to draw attention away from other bait and convince fish to strike your lure over anything else.
But, it can be easy to hinder your own presentation with a popping cork without even realizing it.
Next time you are out fishing with a popping cork, be sure to avoid making these crucial mistakes!
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