2 Runs…No Trouts

I will be going fishing for speckled trout in a few days and I was wondering if you could explain the “popping cork rig” to me such ashow to set it up and how to fish it. I was also wondering what brand and pound test line to use. Also what type and size hook should I use? Thank you

Popping cork rigs are effective within thier limits. They work best when speckled trout are shallow, like over grass flats and oyster bars. The serve 3 functions: 1. The cork makes a loud ‘plop’ whne jerked, attracting trout to your bait. 2. The glass beads produce a clicking sound that drives specks wild! and 3. the small spinner blade above the swivel produces a flash that will attract specks from great distances. These rigs pre-made can be purchased at most coastal bait shops, or you can easily fashion one yourself. You really don’t need the glass beads or the spinner. They’re just added insurance. To make a popping cork rig, first tie a swivel on to the end of your main line, then tie on piece of your leader material between 18in. & 24in. long to the other end of the swivel. I use 20 lb. black coated nylon wire. You can use 35 lb.s Trilene as well. Now tie or clip a #2 or #3 Kale hook to the end of your leader line. Finally, to complete the popping cork rig, attach the popping cork about 4in. to 6in. above the swivel. You now have a completed popping cork rig ready for bait. The # 1 bait for specks is shrimp, plain and simple. Other baits and lures produce at times, but if you want be be as sure as possible, use shrimp, live if possible. Remove the ‘horns’ and hook the shrimp through the head, or the tail. Set your cork depth about 1′ off the bottom and let the rig drift, jerking it lightly from time-to-time to make the cork ‘pop’. This rig can fill a cooler in a very short time. Happy Fishing!

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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