Explained: The Upside Down Popping Cork Rig
Are you familiar with the upside-down popping cork rig?
Do you often fish using popping corks?
If you want to learn everything you need to know about the upside-down popping cork rig, then check this out!
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Upside Down Popping Cork Rig
At a recent Bassmasters Redfish Tournament, some anglers were using a normal slip-cork but upside down attached to a lipless crankbait on the end.
Lipless crankbaits naturally sink quickly to the bottom.
The upside-down popping cork was in place to help keep the lipless crankbait off of the bottom and at a desired level in the water column.
Lipless crankbaits are usually retrieved at a fast, steady rate but paired with a popping cork and it opens the door to different retrieves.
The popping cork allows you to work the lipless crankbait slower like a suspending twitchbait to induce strikes.
Why Is The Popping Cork Upside-Down?
When the popping cork is upside-down, you have less resistance on the cork as you pop it in the water.
If you want to get the most action out of the lure, you turn the popping cork upside-down.
In this case, the popping cork is not used to attract attention or create splashing, however, it is used solely as a float.
You also will not have to use as much force when you try to set the hook because the popping cork is faced away from you and not towards you.
If the popping cork were faced the normal way, you would have to apply more force on a hookset because there is much more resistance on the cork itself.
You can also use this technique when you are fishing with soft plastic lures and shrimp imitation lures.
The upside-down popping cork will not be the center of attention, rather, the lure underneath it is the star of the show.
One major thing to keep in mind is the popping corks are sold in weighted and unweighted versions.
You do not want to use the weighted version.
This is because the cork will want to naturally sit down in the water because of the weight placement near the bottom.
When you go to retrieve it, the cork will still create a lot of resistance if it is weighted.
You want the cork sitting flat on the surface and moving straight towards you.
Upside Down Popping Cork Rig [VIDEO]
Popping corks are an excellent tool in an angler’s tackle box for shifting presentations and controlling the depth of lures and bait.
Sometimes using the popping cork upside down can work to your advantage!
Be sure to purchase an unweighted cork if you are trying out this technique!!
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