How do I Set Up for a Popping Cork for Salt Water Fishing?

How do I Set Up for a Popping Cork for Salt Water Fishing?
A popping cork with its cupped face gives an auditory attraction to bait. The sound is similar to that of fish feeding on shrimp or small bait fish. The vibrations and sound stimulate the predatory instincts of game fish giving the inshore angler a great advantage, especially in cloudy water. Setting up a popping cork for saltwater fishing is an easy process. Popping corks are most often used with a live bait such as shrimp, fingerling mullet or pinfish.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hook
  • Leader material, 15- to 20-pound test fishing line about 18 inches long.
  • Popping cork
  • Rubber band
  • 2 plastic beads
  • Fishing rod and reel
Step 1
Tie the leader material to the main fishing line.
Step 2
Slide one of the beads onto the leader.
Step 3
Slip the popping cork onto the leader with the cup face toward the fishing rod. Set the depth of the bait by tying the rubber band to the leader above the popping cork. You can adjust the depth by sliding the rubber band up or down.
Step 4
Slide the remaining bead onto the leader.
Step 5
Tie the hook to the end of the leader.

Tips & Warnings

Using the rubber band to set the depth of your bait will let you better control the presentation of the bait.

Article Written By Mark Quest

Mark Quest began his writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. He attended Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, focusing on the sciences.

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