The Drop Shot Technique
Texas Rig, Carolina Rig, Wacky Rig and so many more - which one will produce the fish? As you probably know, there are numerous ways to rig up plastics to entice wary bass. One of the most popular though, is the Drop Shot technique. The advantages of fishing a Drop Shot Rig are many. Easier to cast than a Carolina Rig, further casts than a Texas Rig and they also sink faster. The bait is always suspended and the depth is easily adjusted.
What is a Drop Shot Rig?
One of the experts of the drop shot is Woo Daves, it worked well enough to win him the 2000 Bassmasters Classic. Drop-shotting is a new technique and it' making waves among anglers. It's not a difficult setup, nor is it complicated to fish.
According to Woo, when you drop shot, the lure is fished above the weight, typically about 2 feet. You'll also need a small hook, something no larger than a No. 1 Mustad light-wire hook. You can even use a smaller hook, half that size if you want.
To rig the drop shot, tie the hook approximately 2 1/2 to 3 feet up the line with a Palomar knot (Click here to learn how to tie the Palomar knot). Bring the line through the bottom of the eye so the hook is sitting up. Then, after you get the knot tied, it's very important to take the line and bring it back through the eye of the hook one time, and pull it until it's tight. What this does is make the hook stand out and makes it straight.
Then, with the remaining length of line, you stick the end through the drop-shot weight and pull it up. You don't have to tie the line to the weight; it holds it automatically. The weight comes in a lot of sizes, but you can use the 1/2-ounce weight about 90 percent of the time. There are also many styles of weights or kits to choose from. The XPS weights come in ball, teardrop or diamond shapes. You can also buy drop-shop kits that come with the necessary weights and swivels to make your rigging a little simpler.
One of the only disadvantages of the Drop Shot technique is heavy line twist, and it gets hung in heavy cover. Putting a swivel on the sinker helps to slow the twist, though.
What Bait to Use
Whichever bait you use, a Fluke, a worm, a grub, a tube, etc., you hook it through the nose with the hook exposed -- no Texas-rigging here. Smaller, slim-type baits are best in clear water.
There are numerous types of plastics that you use for drop-shotting, and it all depends on what the fish are biting that day. It may take a little experimenting, but you will find the plastic of the day, and you will be set. This can be a little frustrating when fishing for bedding bass. Typically it's best to try two or three different things and aggravate the fish until you get him to bite one of them. Sometimes you have to show them something different. You can also put a tube jig on the drop shot. Just hook it through the nose.
There are certain worms that are built just for drop shot rigs including, the Chompers Drop Shot Worm, BPS Drop Shot, and plenty more.
The object of drop-shotting is to not move the weight. Say you're fishing for a bass on the bed. You cast your weight past the bed, and then you pull the weight up to where you want it. The weight is past the bed, but the lure stays on the bed itself. Let the lure sink down to the bed, twitch it a little bit until you feel the weight, then stop. You can just hold it there if you want. Then just let it sink down and lay in the bed a little while.
This is what makes drop-shotting so effective -- you don't have to "leave the bass" like you do with a Texas rig. In other words, if you cast a Texas rig to a stump and a bass is there, when you raise that rod tip up, what have you done? You've moved your bait 8 inches away from the bass. When you move it again, you're now 16 inches away from him. You don't do that with this rig. It keeps the bait right where you want it -- in the strike zone.
Presentations vary from casting to vertical jigging. Casting Drop Shot Rigs is similar to casting a Texas Rig except into heavy cover. Drop Shots tend to get hung easier then Texas Rigs. This rig can be used as a swimming rig, hopped, crawled or dragged. Another thing you can do with the drop shot is flip it around and under boat docks. But instead of having to pull it out like you do with a Texas rig, you just leave it there.
This season, try some drop-shotting and you will be pleasantly surprised. It has worked for Woo Daves, and many other anglers, both tournament and weekend fishermen. It's simple to rig and easy to fish -- great combinations for a set up that produces fish as well as this one.