The Cork Rig excels in the summer and early fall when fish are feeding on topwater and are focused on small shad. If you are throwing to boiling fish and not catching them every cast, your bait is likely too large.
The Cork Rig uses a weighed popping cork to take a light, shad-imitating streamer out to a much greater distance than the streamer could be cast to alone.
This "reach" helps you give a buffer between the schooling fish and your boat so you do not spook them.
As I tell my clients, "Use more speed than pop." That means it is more important to work this bait quickly than it is to pop it. Once fish chase after and strike, try not to set the hook. The small, sharp hook will set itself. If a fish misses it, you keep the lure in the same general vicinity for that fish's schoolmates to strike. If you set the hook and miss, you jerk the rig well away from those fish.
The Cork Rig comes with a Micro Power Clip so you can change out your bait to a new bait, smaller bait, or larger bait.
Spare streamers are sold separately. Spare Micro Power Clips are sold separately.
Take care when removing the hook or you will tear up the streamer after just 20-25 fish or so.
Who I Am
My name is Bob Maindelle. I was born into a fishing family in 1969 while my dad was serving in Vietnam. My earliest childhood memories revolve around angling. Pop Pop Hamilton was a commercial fisherman on the Mississippi, mom and dad went fishing on Clarks Hill Reservoir near Augusta, Georgia, on cheap dates as newlyweds, and Uncle Glenn ran a saltwater charter boat out of Shark River, NJ. I'm now happily married, live in Salado, Texas, right at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country, and am carrying on the family tradition. I have fished all over our nation in fresh waters and salt, and with all manner of gear and tackle. In 1991, I graduated from West Point (U.S. Military Academy) with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering, and spent 8 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, followed by 9 years in industry as an environmental engineer. I retired in 2016 from full-time ministry as the Small Groups Pastor at a large church in central Texas. My business experience from my "previous life" and my flexible schedule allow me to operate "Holding The Line Guide Service" out of my home on the lakes of this region. I am physically fit, extremely well-organized, very methodical, self-disciplined and detail-oriented. I enjoy introducing beginners to the sport. I enjoy coaching those with a little experience. I enjoy fishing with great fishermen and picking up on tips and techniques from all over the country. I am not so prideful to think that I cannot still learn much from other further down the path than I.
Why I Fish
The pursuit of fish is, to me, an incomparable, lifelong challenge that tests the mind, the body, and even the will. The timeless variables of weather, wind, forage location, light, temperature and pressure prevent any one day's pursuit from being like the chase of any other day. Every sunrise holds new promise, every storm front brings change, every season nudges fish movements, and though the cycle has repeated since the beginning of time, I believe the code will never be fully deciphered. But there are some who understand parts of the code. I am one. And that understanding breeds a desire to preserve and to protect that same Creation that is pursued.
"Absolutely the consummate professional! He actually should start a school for want-to-be guides! I've been on at least 100 guided trips, NEVER had a guide in any field do the job Bob does!