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Poppin' cork jiggin'
11-02-2019, 11:54 AM,
#11
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
Good to know you enjoyed popping yer cork !

What did you catch after dark ?
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11-02-2019, 12:44 PM,
#12
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
Hawn, After dark was a blast ,off a small sound side bridge. It was quite dark there, despite much car traffic behind me, and,despite that, kind of neat to always hear the loud "clink" of metal beads after a jerking motion. One time,especially, a nice sized bluefish reacted immediately to the first pop, and about tore my arm off; hooked so well that the 4" soft plastic was completely engulfed and deep into his throat! Also the speckled trout were drawn in to the loud pops and then readily found my jig! I was kind of surprised that flounder or other bottom fish didn't react, but as I mentioned, the wind and current had thrown many fish off their feed.
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11-03-2019, 01:25 PM,
#13
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
Fish a popping cork rig for specs (speckled trout) around structure such as piers, jetties, and anchored boats has been a method used in the Chesapeake since I started fishing the brackish/salt water areas
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12-31-2019, 09:38 AM,
#14
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
Thought I'd talk about MY new" ice fishing" tactic, based on this rattling bobber idea .Due to warm weather our local trout lake thawed enough this past Friday, to yield a wide, long open water hole. So I took my "popping cork" and small jig over for some casts. Not much going at first in the cold water, and saw the few bait guys were dormant too. Then I got the idea to cast the ice EDGE that extended straight out from my shoreline position. By slowing retreiving and pausing as I skirted the bigger than normal bobber right along & actually hitting that edge,adding slight jerks to acquire the popping noise, I apparently coerced the trout right out from under their ice "roof"! I 'd watch my loud popping cork start to Shake & jiggle from their take almost instantly after instilling a "pop", then lift fairly firmly with the 7' rod, and would have me yet another. I ended with 9 very gorgeous, nice sized brook trout within a very short time! Coulda taken more but my wrist is currently experiencing some type of painful carpal-tunnel ailment (doc appt soon) and I had to quit; guess I could say this technique is so hot that I wore out my arm catchin em !!! Something for us diehards to experiment with more during early & late winter's de-icing thaws!
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01-01-2020, 11:09 PM,
#15
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
Do you regret not discovering the attraction and other functional attributes of float attraction earlier in your looong fishing "career"? Would that tekneek have bettered your catches?
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01-02-2020, 09:54 AM,
#16
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
Hawn, The great thing about our jig fishing is, this is a tool that can work high or low in the water column. I'm thinking these days that I missed opportunities by not working top/mid levels with a float,especially with noise attraction of a popping cork ! I won't be making this mistake in 2020, especially during muddy waters ,over emerging weed beds, or beside edges -ice,docks,piers, and bridges. Of course my ole favorite of carefully probing bottom rocks & crevices with a bumping jig remains golden when fish lurk deeper, and during warmer months. But, heck, the easiest thing in fishing is to remove a cork rig, and retie just the singular jig on, to thoroughly cover all levels!
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01-14-2020, 08:04 PM,
#17
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
Thought some of you might enjoy this brand new story on an In-Fisherman site on my exploits with poppin' cork and jig >>>

https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/f...per/371249
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03-29-2020, 11:26 AM,
#18
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
Last week, I had my first "actual" spring day for early trout fishing on our local lake. Fairly warm,calm weather, and water was relatively clear. i wanted to try our "release only" brookies & rainbows with the popping cork and new pattern 1/32 oz jig . Ended that day with an actual count of 108 landed and quickly released (all lip hooked) ,plus many trout that slipped the hook during battle ! I'd worried that the saltwater popping cork, which afforded great long distance casting & water covered during the retrieve, might be a bit too large for small inland waters - guess not, tho !!
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03-29-2020, 11:40 AM,
#19
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
No doubt the "sploosh" attracts predators, & our wiper specialists have found that since their floats get bit as much as a trailing jig, they use poppers with middle hook attached instead of bare floats. The trade off is interesting line tangles that wastes minutes of fishing time.

Good luck when the the warming weather switches target species from trout to bass.
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03-29-2020, 12:36 PM,
#20
RE: Poppin' cork jiggin'
(03-29-2020, 11:26 AM)john mckean Wrote: Last week, I had my first "actual" spring day for early trout fishing on our local lake. Fairly warm,calm weather, and water was relatively clear. i wanted to try our "release only" brookies & rainbows with the popping cork and new pattern 1/32 oz jig . Ended that day with an actual count of 108 landed and quickly released (all lip hooked) ,plus many trout that slipped the hook during battle ! I'd worried that the saltwater popping cork, which afforded great long distance casting & water covered during the retrieve, might be a bit too large for small inland waters  - guess not, tho !!

Now you really got me interested! Any chance you get a picture of the actual cork uploaded? Or a link to the source?
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