Betts Slip Stick Aggravator Float
Balancing Between a Popping Cork and a Slip Float
Ever since the rattling/popping cork design has been on the market, anglers have struggled with how to adjust the depth of the cork for different areas without having to retie your leader. The cork fixes that by having a tube in the middle that you run your line through. This is an awesome design, but it has a few flaws.
First, threading braided line through the tube is not an easy task. Many slip corks come with a line threader, but this one does not. I always end up having to make a loop of mono to pull the braid through.
The smaller float on the top easily comes unglued. I find myself supergluing the cork before I use it to keep the small float from coming undone.
Finally, the problem with a slip rattle cork is that when you try to pop the cork, the line slips through the tube and doesn't pull the cork! You have to give a huge yank on the thing for it even to make a little bit of noise!
It's a great idea, and I've caught seatrout and redfish on it, but they need to work the design kinks out of this float.
December 23, 2007
I agree with the previous reviewer that the float makes changing depth very easy. He noted that the line's ability to move through the float's tube center was a drawback because it prevented you from being able to use the float's rattle beads. If you put a slip knot about 12" below the float you can still utilize the rattle beads without the line sliding through the tube center. Of course, you still need to install a slip knot above the float to determine the bait's depth. If you raise or lower the upper knot, adjust the lower knot accordingly.
October 13, 2013