Thanks a lot for your further input on this cork material , very interesting to hear , that you are using them on your local saltwater species as well !
Seems , that there are more possibilities about them , that I could ever think of !
Apart from having started to make lures from those corks recently , I have been using them for years now to make bobbers for float fishing at night for local European eel .
I'd just cut some straight and thinner hazelnut or willow rods outdoors , shave off the bark and let them dry thoroughly for a few weeks , .......drill an approbiate hole lengthwise centered through the cork and insert a piece of such wooden rod to act as a handle , so that I can grab the cork to sand it's ends to an halfround or oval shape on a coarse sanding wheel .
After I'd take a fitting piece of rod , drill a hole at the thicker end to glue in a homemade "twisted wire" eye , ......the other end I would sand to taper to little less that 4,5mm diameter .
Then I'd glue that wooden rod into the cork's bore , just about centered ,.......paint the top part in a hi-vis neon color(orange or red) and finally seal off with some clear laquer .
The 4,5mm dia. at the tip of the bobbers "antenna" is important to stick on a chemical light for night fishing ,...... these have that very diameter and come with a fitting piece of clear plastic tubing that I can now push over the tip of the bobber and the chemical light to have both connected .
These kinda floats have proven to be very suitable in waters with lots of dead wood and vegetation in it , as they are very rigid and don't break as easily as commercial floats and bobbers , when getting tossed through some kinda obstacles .
I am getting supplied with cork by some workmates , as I packed up with drinking for years now , .......if I should need larger amounts , I have found a webstore in Berlin , that sells supplies for beer brewing and wine making at home , they sell corks for 20 to 30 Euro cents each , and these do not even have cork screw holes nor any imprints on them !
thanks again , ..........greetz , diemai
Edited by diemai, 24 January 2010 - 04:19 AM.