BALANCE A POP-UP: STEP 1

You will need a bait drill, your pop-up, some small shot and putty.

BALANCE A POP-UP: STEP 2

Drill a few millimetres into the bait.

BALANCE A POP-UP: STEP 3

Add a shot to the hair and pull the bait on so that the shot sits in the hole.

BALANCE A POP-UP: STEP 4

Now fix the bait in place using a hair stop.

BALANCE A POP-UP: STEP 5

Plug the bait with putty, then check its buoyancy in the edge.

BALANCE A POP-UP: STEP 6

Once balanced to your requirements, the rig is ready to be cast out.

Balance a Pop-Up Mechanics

Here's a neat trick to help you balance your pop-ups, courtesy of Darrell Peck. It allows you to fish your favourite high-attract pop-ups as a bottom bait, while retaining a degree of buoyancy to help with presentation.

Darrell has a sneak edge to help you fish a high-attract pop-up as a critically balanced bottom bait.