Drop Shot Tips and Techniques
Drop shot fishing has become ever so popular with professional anglers, why?!?. Simply for the fact that it catches big fish in high pressured situations. The object of the drop shot is to keep the bait off the bottom by putting the bait above the weight.
The first thing you need is a rod with a bit of stiffness and a flexible tip, somewhere in the 6 1/2 foot -7 foot range. Then you need a spinning reel with a good drag system. You need this type of rod and reel combination because you want to let the fish swim, tire itself out and bring it to the boat without poping the hook out of the fishes mouth or breaking the line.
Line is imperitive to using the drop shot. Some anglers use straight florocarbon line. I prefer to use braided line with a florocarbon leader. I tie up 6 feet of line with a uni knot. This allows me to feel everything because braid has no stretch and florocarbon is invisible to the fish. I then tie up my hook using a palomar knot. Place the hook anywhere from 12 inches (30 cm)-24 inches (60 cm) above the weight. It is important ot get the hook tied on just right because if you don’t your bait won’t sit properly in the water. If it’s giving you trouble take the loose end of the florocarbon (the tag) and put it through the eye of the hook. This may get it to sit just the way you need it.
Then choose your weight according to what depth you want to fish. I find that 1/4 oz. drop shot weight works well. If you are fishing deep or in rough conditions try increasing your weight to 1/2 oz. or even a 1 oz. Slip line through the hanger of the weight and pull up to make the line snug. Then choose what ever bait you would like to use and simply nose hook it onto the hook.
You can fish your drop shot directly below the boat for suspended fish or cast out and walk it back to the boat making sure you remain in contact with the bottom. Pay attention to subtle change ups in your line…it just might be the fish of a life time.
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