Trying Popping Corks for the First Time

Florida Sportsman member DragScreamer is trying popping corks for the first time to catch redfish, seatrout and bluefish. Popping corks are a great option when fishing for inshore species that eat shrimp and baitfish.

The question becomes, what do you attach below the cork? Is live bait top choice? Maybe cut baits? Or jigs? It turns out there really isn’t a wrong answer—members throughout the page reported good catches on live bait, cut bait, artificial stink baits and jigs. There’s a good bit of advice about some methods that folks have found that work for them.

Where some members disagree is exactly what size fish you’ll catch, and how to work the “popping” cork. FS member Pipefitter doesn’t pop his cork at all, but rather uses it as a marker to locate his baits. Schoolie seatrout are a popular catch with popping corks, though redfish, snook, bluefish, flounder, cobia, tarpon and even sharks will all fall to a float rig.

What do you attach below your popping cork?