At a glance a Thill Crappie Cork looks a lot like quite a few other floats. The same general shape, size and bright two-toned color scheme are common for good reason: They work well.

Look closer, though, and you’ll discover some specific Crappie Cork distinctions that give this float very practical advantages for suspending jigs or minnows.

For starters the Crappie Cork is a dual-function float. A spring attachment allows it to be rigged quickly as a set float for fairly shallow applications that allow for comfortable casting or long-pole placement with the float in a stationary position. For deeper applications, the same Crappie Cork can be rigged as a slip float, and it even comes with the first stopper knot on the stem. Just slide the knot off the stem and onto your line and pull the strings, and you’re ready to set you set the depth and fish.

You don’t even need a bead, which points to another distinctive Crappie Cork feature. A plastic insert in the stem allows your line to flow through smoothly but catches a stopper knot without need for a bead.

The Crappie Cork comes in four sizes that are rated according to the amount of weight they are designed to suspend. Every Crappie Cork is clearly marked 1/16, 1/8, 1/4 or 3/8, representing ounces, so you can easily grab the best cork for the size of jig you or amount of split-shot weight you are using. Having the proper buoyancy is important for knowing exactly what is going on at the business end.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Crappie Corks aren’t only for crappie. Although they are obviously well suited for many crappie fishing applications and were designed primarily with crappie fishermen in mind, if you want to suspend a jig or live-bait offering that fits into 1/16- to 3/8-ounce range for any kind of game fish, a Crappie Cork is a good float or the task.