Popping Corks VS. Slip Floats (What’s The Difference?)
Popping corks vs slip floats: what’s the difference?
In this video, we’ll go over the function of each rig including how and where you would want to fish either.
Take a look below!!
Popping Corks VS Slip Floats [VIDEO]
Most of you have seen what a popping cork is and maybe even fished with one.
They are an excellent tool for inshore anglers and work phenomenally when you need your bait to stand out from the rest.
Popping corks really allow you to call fish in and grab their attention to trigger strikes.
However, the limitation with popping corks is the depth at which you are fishing is fixed.
Popping corks are excellent for fishing flooded structure and flats where you only need about 2-3 feet of leader.
If you are fishing deeper than 4 feet, that’s when I would make the switch to a slip float rig.
Slip floats are the go-to when fishing for suspended fish or if you’re fishing in deep holes near creek bends or deepwater docks.
There may be situations where your bait needs to get down to 8-10 feet and this is the rig for that.
It doesn’t make as much noise as a popping cork but because you’re fishing in deeper water it does not have a major impact.
The Pros & Cons
You can cast popping corks as far as the eye can see!
Typically you can avoid hang-ups with popping corks as well.
Also, popping corks are something I reach for first on super windy days.
It keeps your bait down in the water column while also battling the waves and creating noise to attract strikes.
On the other hand, slip floats have a tendency to wrap and get tangled.
You can mitigate this with the right casting technique and make sure you have the right type of rod.
Too short or too stiff of a fishing rod can cause the entire system to tangle.
One of the best rod options out there that I always use on popping corks or slip floats is the TFO Pro S Medium or Medium-Heavy depending on the weight of the popping cork or slip float.
If you commonly fish in dirty, murky water, then either popping corks or slip floats should become a part of your arsenal.
They are effective and help you catch more fish in tricky situations.
Is there a specific time in that you would use one of these rigs over the other?
Let me know down in the comments section below!!
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