Topwater Lure As A Popping Cork? You’ve Got To See This!!!
By: Tony Acevedo on November 18, 2019
What an amazing setup!
Have you ever tried using a topwater lure in place of a popping cork?
I used to use this setup to catch bass as a kid, and the trout have been so aggressive around here I wondered if it would work on them, too.
Before I went out, I sent it to the rest of the Salt Strong team to get their thoughts.
Some loved it, some had their doubts, but all they wanted to see proof if it would work or not.
A few days later I tried it out on the water and Pa-POW! Trout on!
Want to see how I rigged this wild set up, and how to work it to catch trout?
Check out the video below.
P.S. If you’ve ever been fishing with a popping cork and the fish are hitting that instead of the lure below it, this is a great fix!
Using A Topwater Lure As A Popping Cork [VIDEO]
Here’s how to rig this setup to maximize your chances of catching fish and minimize your chances of getting tangled.
Step 1. Tie on 5-6 inches of fluoro or mono leader to the nose of the topwater lure with a snug knot
Braid easily doubles back on itself, so if you use a little bit heavier test of fluoro or mono leader to attach your main line to the topwater lure you’ll reduce chances of fouling up the topwater hook.
Step 2. Replace the front treble hook with a single inline hook
This will also reduce your chance of fouling the topwater hook.
Step 3. Remove the rear hook & split ring
Step 4. Attach 1.5-2 feet of leader to the back of the topwater lure with a snug knot.
We suggest a snug knot to limit movement and therefore decrease the chance of fouling the hook.
And we suggest 1.5-2 feet of leader because if you use too long of a leader here, it’ll inhibit your ability to cast far.
Step 5. Attach the leader to your lure with a loop knot
We suggest a loop knot here because it will give the lure more action
Retrieving This Setup To Catch More Fish
You retrieve this rig just like a popping cork… a few quick pops and then letting the lure settle back down.
The amount of time between popping depends on how active the fish are, or the water depth.
If the fish are very active, you can pop the topwater lure more often.
But if they’re more lethargic, or the water is very deep, you want to take a bit more time between pops to let the lure in the back settle.
What a fun rig!
I haven’t caught two at a time yet, but with how aggressive the trout have been recently, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.
Have you used this setup?
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