The Drop Shot
By Simon Frost – as written for Izumi Outdoors
A technique that has taken the tournament trail by storm over the last couple of years is the drop shot. What this technique consists of is a hook that is tied directly to your line using a polymer knot and instead of cutting the line to the knot you attach a sinker anywhere from 6”below to 2ft below the hook. The space between the hook and the sinker will of course depend on the fish.
This technique can be used when fishing from any depth whether it is 2 ft down to 50 plus feet. The only change you will need to make for this technique would be the size weight you will need to get to the bottom and the amount of line that you will require to have the hook and bait reach the depth of the fish. The weights for this technique just clip onto the line to allow of easy changes in weight size and line amount needed. For example if the depth of the water is 24 feet but the fish are one foot off the bottom the change to the bait can be done in a matter of seconds.
There are a number of baits that can be used for this technique. There are those that have been specifically designed for this system any many other minnow style baits that can be adapted to this technique. One aspect to consider is that the bait you select must be highly buoyant. This will give the perception of a swimming bait fish with little or no movement of your line.
The equipment that you use for the drop shot is also a key tool in this technique. You will need a rod that has a fast tip but with plenty of back bone and the reel that you use should have a smooth drag system. When selecting line try to select the lightest line you can possibly use as a heavy line can impede the action of your bait. In addition to this your line should have as little stretch as possible.
When fishing this rig it is crucial to never over work this rig. Keep your rod at about a 45% degree when vertically fishing and make only small movements to your rod tip. It is very easy to over work your bait and spook the fish.
When casting this rig do not hop the bait back. Slowly reel in the line keeping your weight in constant contact with the bottom.
I consider the most important thing to remember is when you detect a hit set the hook. Many people drop the rod tip to allow the fish to take the bait but with this presentation I have found that most of the time the fish will drop the bait instead. A simple up swing of the rod is all that is required to set the hook.
This rig can be used to catch Bass, Perch, Crappies etc. Experiment with this technique and you will catch more fish.
7’2″ Med Heavy Shimano Crucial Dropshot Rod
Shimano 2500 Stradic Mg reel
XPS 8 to 10 lb test line
Drop shot hook (assorted Styles and makes)
Bass Pro drop shot sinkers
Bass Pro drop shot baits