Power Corkin’

Power corkin’ is driving around with your big motor at a slower speed over areas that you believe hold fish. While keeping an eye on your electronics, you can wait until you mark a fish that you would like to try for. As soon as you mark it, back up a bit and set a slip bobber to the depth of the fish and let it sit for a minute or two. If the fish doesn’t bite, move on to the next fish on your fish finder.

Power corkin’ is an aggressive tactic for fishing. The goal is to catch aggressive fish that are willing to come up to your bait and bite. Don’t worry about the fish that are stuck to the bottom like glue, those fish require a much slower approach and probably won’t bite anyways.

How do you rig up a pole for power corkin’? You can rig it up just like you would any other slip bobber and this will work just fine. However, instead of a plain hook, you will want to use a jig to help the bait get down deep faster. Another little trick you can do is put on two bobber stops (knots). The reason to put on two stops is so that you can set the first (top) bobber stop to the deepest depth you plan on fishing. Then, you can adjust the other stop in comparison with the first one. So if you had both bobber stops next to each other, and they were set at 25′, then you could move the second stop 2 feet shallower from the first stop and be very close to 23′. If you plan on changing depths frequently, I highly encourage the use of two bobber stops, as this will help you stay close to the depth you need (since you can reference the 25′ bobber stop).

What is an ideal scenario for power corkin’? Let’s say you like to fish around open water structure (rock bar) that comes up to 25 feet deep. All around this structure is 35′ deep. Since you are targeting aggressive fish, chances are they will be a foot or two off of bottom, so you should set your first stop to 33′. Once you are marking fish that meet your criteria, set your other bobber stop to the correct depth, using the first bobber stop as a reference.

Many times fish will be at a certain depth, down from the surface, regardless how deep it is to the bottom. If you have your depth set at 25′, just above the depth of the fish you are marking, you can probably use the same depth setting for fish that are off the structure in deeper water.  The power corkin’ approach can be great at catching fish suspended off the main structure.

One thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t spend much time trying to catch one fish in particular. You are trying for the most aggressive fish you can find. Also, don’t be afraid to have your bait be set several feet above the fish you are marking, aggressive fish will come up to eat! And you almost never want your bait to be set deeper than the depth of the fish, they will not be as likely to go down to get it.

If you’ve never heard the term power corkin’, perhaps you’ve at least thought of the concept. If you haven’t thought of the concept before, consider this another tactic in your big old book of fishing strategies.

SonarFish Tip – If you have a fishing partner along and you are power corkin’, work as a team. Have the person driving the boat watch the electronics and signal/yell to the partner “Fish!”, so he can drop his line right where you marked the fish on the fish finder. This will get one of your baits in front of the fish, and give the driver a chance to back up to the spot and cast there himself.


Good luck fish’n

Brad @SonarFish

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