3 Tips To Catch Fish With The Power Prawn Rigged Under A Popping Cork
Here’s something all of us anglers have experienced at some point: finding old lures or rigs in the grass, trees, or docks.
On one of my recent trips, I found a popping cork and thought I’d give the Power Prawn a shot under the cork and see how it does!
It was originally designed to pitch under docks and around structure, but as it turned out, it did great under the cork!
And in this video, you’ll see some fun underwater footage of how it looks compared to some other lures, as well as three tips for catching more trout and redfish when using popping corks.
Check it out below!
Popping Cork Tips [VIDEO]
Popping Cork Types & Rigging
Before we even talk about how to catch more fish under a popping cork, let’s talk about what type of popping cork to use.
Here’s what to avoid: popping corks with a wire strand in the center.
This is because the wire will often bend after you catch a few fish on them, which affects how well the cork pops, which can decrease how many fish you can catch.
This is exactly what happened to me with the abandoned cork I found.
After a few trout and redfish, the cork was all bent out of shape and much less effective.
Instead of the wire popping corks, go with a higher-quality cork that has a synthetic strand in the center.
These can be bent and twisted and still snap right back into their original shape.
Some of my favorite brands include Four Horsemen Tackle and the Paradise Popper.
They may be more expensive, but you’ll save money by not having to get a new cork every time you hit the water.
As far as the shape of the float goes, I like to use egg-shaped floats when I’m using shrimp lures, and open-faced floats when I’m using baitfish lures.
And finally, use a snug knot to tie your lines to the cork.
It’ll help you maximize the action on your popping cork.
Here are links to tie my favorite snug knots:
Using The Power Prawn Under A Cork
We’ve been having tons of success pitching the Power Prawn under docks for big snook, redfish, flounder, and grouper.
But as I quickly discovered, it’s also great under a popping cork.
As you can see in the picture above, it sits horizontally in the water at rest (unlike some other brands of shrimp lures) and has great action when you pop the cork because of the jointed body.
You can see how other brands of shrimp lures look under a popping cork in this article.
3 Tips To Catch Fish Under A Popping Cork
1. Cast up current of the feeding zone
When you cast up current of the feeding zone, the current will stealthily bring your lure right to where the fish are feeding.
2. Tie your leader so that the lure sits about 6″ above the bottom
Most predator fish are hanging near the bottom waiting for an easy meal to float by, so tying your leader so that your lure is about 6″ above them gives you the best chance at having your lure fall right in front of their faces.
3. Pop your cork often
One mistake I see most people make is that they don’t pop the cork enough.
Popping the cork is what attracts fish to it, so when the water is warm and the fish are aggressive, I’ll pop it about every second, with a few pauses sprinkled in here and there.
When the water is cold and the fish are lethargic, I’ll do a few pops every five or six seconds.
Bonus Tip: Use Pro-Cure to catch more redfish
Pro-Cure does a great job at attracting predator fish to your lure, and the jointed body of the Power Prawn is helpful for keeping the Pro-Cure on it.
Redfish hunt more by smell than trout, so Pro-Cure can help you attract more reds.
You can get Pro-Cure from our shop here.
If you want to catch more fish with shrimp lures under popping corks, then let the current take your lure down into the strike zone, make sure your lure is sitting about 6″ above the bottom, and pop your cork often to attract fish to you.
The Power Prawn is an excellent lure to use under a popping cork, and you can get it from our shop here:
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