Drop Shot technique examined

Drop-shotting is a technique that continues to be the talk of the Pros. The technique has been around the west coast a couple of years, but has really gained fame this past year on the tournament circuit when three B.A.S.S. events were won. Drop-shotting is a finess technique that was designed for clear water while fishing out west. This technique has been very successful on the east coast even in some dingy water situations. It is a system of fishing that has the weight on the bottom and the lure a couple of feet above the lure, sort of suspending it.

To rig I will use 8 to 10 lbs. test STREN Super Tough line, take about 30 inches of line and tie a small Mustad 37145BLN no. 2 hook with a Palomar knot, then take the tag end and run it back through the hook eye while holding the hook upright. Go from top to bottom and this will keep your hook straight and make it stick out. Then you add a Bass Pro Shop drop-shot weight (1½ oz.) or take a 1 ½ oz. slip weight and place a Carolina Keeper below so your weight will slide. Next attach a Zoom Finess worm or Zoom tube or really any Zoom plastic you prefer, by hooking right through the nose just like a nightcrawler where it is dangling down. Spray with Jack's Juice in crawfish or garlic and you are ready to go fishing. For drop-shotting I use a six foot medium action Woo Daves' Finess rod with a Pro Qualifier reel. Cast out to the structure that you are fishing, whether it is a dock, bridge piling, drop-off, etc. Let lure free fall to bottom then gently twitch up till you feel weight and drop it again, letting the lure sink to bottom.

The key here is to keep the lure in the same place, jigging up and down. After I do this three to four times then I will pull lure two feet and repeat process. This can be a deadly tactic on bedding bass as you cast just past bed and pull sinker to outside of bed - now your lure is directly on the bed. Here you just jig up and let fall, repeating as long as necessary. It's also great around shallow stumps or structure. Remember the key is to keep the lure in one place for extended periods of time.

One other great tactic is to flip on heavier equipment under boat docks. This allows you to keep your lure under the dock for as long as you want. In these situations I will use a 6 or 8 inch Zoom lizard on a 7 ft. medium heavy Woo Daves' rod and Bass Pro Shop's John Morris reel with 17 to 25 lbs. STREN Super Tough line.

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Good luck fishing and may God Bless.

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