Drop Shot Tips
Drop Shotting: What is it? The basics
Drop shot rig suspends your hook over a weight. This simple idea has profound consequences.
Contrary to standard worm fishing methods, the weight of your line is taking the abuse from the bottom. This will result in more bass being caught more often. The benefits of the drop shot rig don’t end there.
You can run as far as you want between the hook to the sinker. This allows you to adjust the hook’s height for weeds or other vegetation. This allows you to precisely target your depth. The weight is attached to your line, not to your bait or hook, so the worm can do what it wants.
This creates an extremely attractive action regardless of whether you use a Texas rig or a nose hook.
This tutorial will show you how to set up drop shot rigs. It’s as simple as tying Palomar knots!
Drop Shot Tips
You need to be able to use this technique effectively.
- Line selection –You might have a large jerkbait and heavy-weight braid. However, your drop shot line should be sensitive but subtle. We recommend Suffix 832 for a 10-20 pound test. This mainline is strong and sensitive. To provide shock absorption and lessened visibility around our terminal tackle, we recommend that the mono leader or fluorocarbon be run from there.
- Hook selectionGamakatsu drop shot shack hooks in sizes 1-1/0 are highly recommended. These hooks are simply the best on the market. Their offset hooks are perfect for running this rig weedless Texas style. Check out our complete guide to choosing the right hook for your bass.
- Soft bait selection –Drop shooting is a great way to let a worm shine. I love the Yamamoto Senkos, Zoom Trick Worms, and Brush Hogs of 5-6 inches.
- Weight selection – Use the lightest weight possible, starting at 3/16 to 14 maximum. Cylinder weights are more effective at breaking down grass than other styles.
- Technique –To make the bait work naturally, twitch your rod tip and dance it gently. This is where a little slack is necessary, since you don’t want to change the weight. It’s not your goal to move the water column; you want to keep that weight at the bottom.