POPPIN CORKS Bring the dead, back Alive
Poppin a cork makes you
New Year's eve, the Champagne flowing
And to be truthful it is quite similar
The Champagne starts things happing
Just as the Poppin cork starts the bite happening .
You have I want it.
That is kind of like all of us,
What brought this to mind was that,
I was talking this morning with a customer
he was telling me about a bird which is always begs bait from him.
That little Heron, will take bait right out of his live well, but if the Seagulls come,
he backs off as the Seagulls will peck the heck out of him trying to steal
what ever food is in his mouth, even though there is plenty more
food / bait laying all around them, they must think if he is eating it,
it is better than the other stuff laying there. And not only birds do this.
This seems to be a fairly common thing amongst all creatures,
even maybe especially humans, watch a group of kids, there
is a pile of toys there on the floor, none of the kids pay any attention
to them until one kid picks one up, then they all start screaming and have
to have that toy or they will just die,
Or at least it would seem,
The Comal Floats above are
the most common type, in the picture above, and so simple to use they are
The Comal poppin cork Floats are slotted So they can be put on the line at any time, the problem is that the slot
is often blocked by excess foam and needs to be cleaned out best way to clean it is with a tide chart, slide the card in to
the slot and move it back & forth until it goes in and out freely. Lay the line into the cork making sure the line is on the back side
opposite The slot if it is not completely on the back side it will fall off after a couple cast.
Keep your rod tip low to the water and jerk your rod hard and sharp to create the poppin noise which gives these corks their names
The poppin of the cork
gives the sound of a fish feeding and the jerk of the rod, which pops the cork
also jumps the bait
making it appear to be escaping another predator / fish. and if that fish wants to eat your bait so does the other one.
So what does this have to do with fishing, it is about poppin corks. Yes
the poppin cork is based on this you have it, I want it syndrome most
creatures including fish have.
When you pop the cork "splash it"
it make the sound of a fish hitting a
bait, When Snook or Trout do it,
we say they popped a bait,
That phrase has to do with the sound
the fish makes as they grab the bait at or
near the surface of the water,
That is where sort of, kind of,
the name of this style of
float or bobber came from.
So you pop the cork and you
get the splash & the sound of
a fish hitting the bait,
what you do not see is that
your bait Jumps when you jerk the
line, This appears to the fish as if your bait has darted away from
another predator and has had a narrow escape, But if that fish wanted it
well I want it too.
So the Poppin cork gives you the sound the splash and the escaping bait
all in one quick motion of your Rod.
How far should your bait be under the poppin cork? Good question if you
are in 24 inches of water your bait should be about 18 inches under the
3 to six inches off the bottom is good, But there is a limit to how much
line you can cast. I would think the most you could cast would be three to
4 feet of line out from the tip of your rod, Which works well enough for
almost any depth of water, you really should stay within 3 feet of the
surface as that is where you are poppin the cork and trying to tell the
fish Hey food here! if your bait is too deep you lose the attraction
benefit of the poppin.
Any bait can be used under a poppin cork, Shrimp, Bait fish,
even cut bait or dead bait.
Fish are not that bright and if it moves it is alive to them.
So as you jerk the line to pop the cork
it gives your dead bait the appearance of live bait
Kind of like a ZOMBIE
but it is really dead,
So don't be afraid to
try zombie bait next time
you are looking for Trout,
or Spanish Mackerel
they cant tell the difference,
and are doomed to
become one themselves
once you start poppin the cork.
Good luck out there and have fun.
These D.O.A. clackers are great. they have a good weight on the bottom and that really
helps with casting distance. The other thing I Iike is that the weight really crashes against
the bottom of the float making a loud pop. It has a deep tone to the pop and I think the
The Red fish go for it better than most other brands. For Trout I think any type will do
but the increase casting distance keeps me going back to the D.O.A.