POPPIN CORKS Bring the dead, back Alive

   Poppin a cork makes you think of

  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 difficult.
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

 looks alive

 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.


Fishin Frank