Catching bull redfish on popping corks


Pamlico Sound technique is catching on elsewhere

Using popping corks to catch bull redfish has been a popular method on the Pamlico Sound for some time. But many anglers throughout the rest of the Carolinas have never experienced it. Capt. Rod “Ponytail” Thomas of Capt. Ponytail Guide Service picked it up while fishing in Pamlico Sound and has introduced it to some anglers in the Georgetown, S.C. area.

The technique isn’t much different than what anglers use to catch any other inshore fish. But most anglers have only targeted bull redfish by fishing on the bottom with big chunks of cut bait.

In this episode of Carolina All Out, the crew is fishing with Pamlico Sound fishing guide Scooter Lilley of CWW Inshore Charters. Lilley does a great job explaining and demonstrating how the technique works. And it will work on bull redfish anywhere. Check it out, and gear up with some popping corks, jigheads, and soft plastic lures. Then send us photos of your catch to so we can share them.

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