REVEALED: Secret Drop Shot Fishing Guide

Here's Your Comprehensive Strategy Guide To Make You More Effective On The Water.

Are you tired of fishing the same techniques over and over and getting skunked on the lake? Well you’re in luck, this is FREE tutorial for you! In these lessons, we’re going to break down drop shot fishing from the most basic to the advanced. Thank you for stopping by and checking us out.  If you like what you read please give this article a share. Tight Lines!

My Drop Shot Story...

I don’t tell a lot of people about my personal life, but my story on how I discovered how to effectively drop shot fish really changed the way I looked at fishing and allowed me to become a better angler.

Now I can catch fish so incredibly easy drop shot fishing, that sometimes I truly think it’s not fair to the fish!

But before we go on, in fill disclosure, I don’t consider myself a “Drop Shot Master” or “Drop Shot Guru”…in any sense of those terms. 

I did not originate drop shot fishing, nor did I come up with some major breakthrough in drop shot fishing. Everything I learned was from the hard working professionals that live their lives on the water.

Piece by piece, video by video, article by article I compiled some of the most useful tips that anyone who fishes would find helpful.

Some of the these tips you may have heard of, while some strategies you may have not. Either way take a step back and read this entire tutorial and reinforce what you do know and take some notes on what you think could help you become a better angler.  Enjoy

My Major Fishing Problem...

After I was accepted into AT Still University, it was one of the most stressful and difficult times in my life! 

Endless hours of studying and tests really take their toll on the burnout scale.

I went to visit my parents for the weekend and I was asked to clean out the garage. I had the time so I obliged… plus I was secretly going to raid their refrigerator! 

Anyways… lowe and behold I found my old tackle box and all my old fishing pole!

After I went home I had a few hours to waste and I dusted off my hold pole and opened my old tackle box.  Sure enough it had all my old lures in it!

I hit the nearest lake and I was instantly hooked again!

A few months later, between classes, rotations and tests, I entered a couple of bass fishing tournaments as a random-paired co-angler.

I made sure to pay way more than what’s expected to my boater, because I explained that I was just getting into bass fishing again and I’m going to need a little advice.

After what I paid them, nearly everyone was more than happy to help out and give me tips and pointers.

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Pieces To A Puzzle

Most tournaments we got spanked, while some we did better than others.

At the time, it was not about if you won or not. It all a matter of learning as much as you can.

Soon, I began to really listen and analyze what some of the pros or better anglers would talk about.

After each pre-fishing outing, each club meeting, each tournament and after the tournament, I began to keep a log of what made everyone else successful.

One technique that kept coming up was drop shot fishing.

I’ve never drop shot fished in my life and I’ve never heard of it.

So I made it a rule to learn this technique that everyone was using. Becoming a student of the drop shot strategy allowed me to dive deep into all the precise nuances of this fishing niche.

What Is Drop Shot Fishing?

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Drop Shot Fishing is a finesse technique when using light diameter fishing line, and where  the hook is actually above the weight.  

Some special gear is needed, but it not hard to find. (More on that later)

Typically a shallow water technique drop shot fishing can be used in 8 inches to 80 feet of water. 

A Brief History Of Drop Shot Fishing

Drop shot fishing started in Japan as a deep water fishing technique. Originally the technique was like a 3-way rig, using a 3-way swivel.  But as the technique evolved the swivel was removed and the weight (that had a swivel at the end was pinched off) which later became known as a  self clinching “bakudan” weight.

Removing the 3-way swivel made it much easier to detect bites and catch rates soared.

Once word spread in Japan about the drop shot rig it was an overnight success.

Once drop shot fishing came to the United States a Japanese anger named, Seiji Kato, of Jackall fame, demolished the rest of the tournament anglers.

He called his drop shot rig, “every time luck rig”. 

Soon after the technique started to get extremely popular in the western United States where the waters were very clear and they needed a finesse presentation. 

Then in 1998, featured on the Bassmasster TV show it really highlighted the potential of the drop shot technique. 

Your Drop Shot Fishing Gear... The Stuff You Need

Here is a list of what you need.  We’ll get into more detail of each item in just a bit. 

  1. Spinning rod – 7-8 foot (longer rod), medium, fast tip.
  2. Spinning reel – 2000 – 2500 series (these series are build to be used with lighter line.
  3. 7 pound fluorocarbon fishing line. 
  4. Finesse hooks
  5. Drop shot weights
  6. Assorted baits

Drop Shot Rod

Spinning rod 7′ – 7’8″ – Light/Medium action with fast action tip.  You don’t need to buy the most expensive rod to start with.  It’s important to note, as you advance your skills and confidence in this style of fishing, buying a more expensive rod is going to be made with more expensive material and will offer you greater sensitivity in detecting a soft biting fish. With that being said, you do not need the most expensive gear to started.

Longer rods will give you a better hook set ratio and will allow you to control the fish better as well. Using a longer rod will also allow you to have an increased casting distance. This is especially useful when the fish are shallow and it is in the middle of spawning, and can be spooked easily.

The rule of thumb is you’ll be getting more bites the farther away you have your bait away from the boat.

St. Croix’s Triumph Spinning Rod gives outstanding sensitivity, plenty of hooksetting power and durability. Made In the USA. 

The length of the 7’6″ is the reason this rod made our top recommendation for beginners. This rod can easily be used to flip and pitch lures in narrow areas.

Each rod is made with premium SCII graphite the rod is finished with two coats of slow-cured crystal clear topcoat that delivers its high-performance action and tapering.  

The rod also includes an ergonomic premium cork handle so it feels great and well balanced in your hands.

Drop Shot Reel

Having the right reel is important. A dependable reel needs to have a butter-smooth drag after you hook up a fish. You don’t want to have the fish break itself off when you have a junky reel.

Having the right reel is important. A dependable reel needs to have a butter-smooth drag after you hook up a fish. You don’t want to have the fish break itself off when you have a junky reel.

Main Line - Braided Line

For all my finesse fishing needs whether it’s drop shot, shaky head, wacky worm fishing, I always having a braid to fluorocarbon line combo!  It’s the preferred approach that will catch you more fish and avoid unnecessary headaches on the water. 

Using braided main line has many benefits.

First, it’s best benefit is that it has no stretch in it, and is super sensitive. This is perfect for this type of situation when you want to feel the slightest of bites.

Braided line also offers an incredibly small line diameter so it’s very hard for the fish to see. 

I’d recommend using 30 pound test line in a bright Hi-Vis Yellow color.

Equipping your gear with this size line on your spinning reels tends to lay nice and flat on the spool and does not cut into itself.  

Using the Hi-Vis Yellow is also really easy to see if you have a subtle bite and you can really watch the line move!  Again…don’t worry…you’re not going to be tying directly to the braid, you’re going to use a fluorocarbon leader line!  So the fish won’t see this bright line at all!  I’ve used this type of line for years and it’s never failed me.

Another thing, when using braided line, you need to make sure that your rod (like we discussed in the previous segment) needs to have an extra fast (extra flexible) rod tip.  This acts as a shock absorber so you won’t pull out the hook when setting your hook!

Lastly, using a braided main line it severely reduces line twist!  You DON’T WANT LINE TWIST!

Leader Line - Fluorocarbon Line

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Fluorocarbon is a fantastic leader line, especially Sunline FC Sniper .  Definately not the cheapest line, but easily worth the money.

It has some of the best abrasion resistance on the market and  one of the most defining qualities is that it is nearly invisible underwater!

It also has very little stretch, meaning it increases the bite sensitivity factor when coupled with your braided main line.

Start Sunline FC Sniper with a 7-pound test line unless you find yourself fishing in an area that can easily snag or cut the line, then increase to 10-pound test.

Finesse Hooks

The best hooks to start would be finesse hooks in size #2, #1 or 1/0.  Since the finesse hooks are sooo small, they will essentially set themselves.

Which means you do not have to have a violent up-swing hookset! 

Just reel in the slack, tug up and start reeling in. 

Since you’re just starting out buy the Mythik Lures – Finesse Hook pack. You will receive 150 hooks and a storage box to help you keep everything organized. 

Size 2 hooks are good for when you are using smaller soft plastic shad baits or smaller live bait like small minnows, shad or crayfish. Keep the bait selection to less than 4 inches. 

Size 1 hooks are preferred to when you are using medium sized worms or medium-sized live bait.  

TIP: Size 1 hooks will slowly sink when you allow your line to go slack after you raise it off the bottom.  Baits like the 6 inch Roboworms and Zoom Trick Worms are good choices for this size of hook.

Size 1/0 hooks are good for when you choose to use larger baits like 6-8 inch lizards, creature baits or larger live bait like shad, bream ect.

TIP: Size 1/0 hooks will also make your bait sink quickly and give it more action when using the smaller 6 inch finesse worms. This may trigger more reaction strikes from aggressive bass.

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Drop Shot Weights

The best drop shot weight to start with would be lead skinny drop shot weight. 

Nothing’s more frustrating than having your fishing weight get snagged on the bottom! So make it easier on yourself by using these Mythik Lures Skinny Lead Finesse Drop Shot weights when you are fishing from shore and/or fishing around rocks and cracks.

These resist snagging since the skinny shape tend to slip through better and can really make a difference between having a fun day or a frustrating day! 

Start with the lightest weight available until you feel the bottom but without getting snagged. 

If you know you are fishing in an area without a lot of rocks, then chose a ball or teardrop shaped weight.

When choosing a weight make sure you choose the lightest weight possible to get the bait to the bottom and keep it on the bottom, all while not getting hung up. 

If fishing from shore, choose a 1/8 – 1/4 ounce weight.  Fish will also have a harder time “feeling” that there is a weight attached to the bait the lighter it is.

Using a lighter weight while also give your bait a slower fall.  If you are fishing in clear water or fish suspended fish this can be invaluable because it gives the fish ample time to see and react to your bait as you cast it out and let it pendulum through the school. 

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What Is the Best Leader Length?

The shallower you fish, the shorter the leader length should be, versus the deeper you fish the longer-length it typically will be. However, if you notice the fish are suspended off the bottom this will help you determine what that leader length is going to be.

Another tip for leader length is at if you are pitching into vegetation such as Cypress bushes or Salt Cedars you’ll need to use a shorter length so you will have increased accuracy on your pitching. The majority of the time when pitching into vegetation the fish will be hugging the bottom and the large pieces of structure closely so you do not need a long leader.

Leader Length By The Season

Winter – The bass are typically hugging the bottom. Keep your leader length short… 4-6 inches.

Spring – If you’re bed fishing, then keep your leader 2-4 inches. You want it really short!  Make it look like your bait is trying to seal the bass’ eggs!

If you’re fishing prespawn staging areas, then give yourself a 6-8 inch leader.

Summer – The bass are active, their metabolism is high and there’re also grass patches.  Keep your leader length 6-8 inches above the grass.  Otherwise, I recommend giving your leader length 12-18 inches. 

Fall – The bass are aggressively feeding in preparation for the winter months. A leader length of 10-18 inches works well.  Shorten your leader as the water cools.

Best Drop Shot Baits

Because this technique is so versatile you need a variety of baits. 

Yes, you can use almost anything as a drop shot bait, some work better than others. 

Of those better choices include very soft straight tail worms, fat stick baits/wacky worms and flukes.

Soft plastic straight tail worms are typically very soft flexible worms and are perfect for drop shot fishing.

They come in a variety of colors and sizes. Most straight tail drop shot worms are 6-8 inches in length and rarely have a diameter over 1/4 inch.

The Zoom Trick Worm and the Roboworm Straight Tail Worm are just a couple of many options.

Fat stick baits/wacky worm baits work well when rigged wacky style. (We’ll get into that technique later). The larger size increases weight which in turn effects fall rate. 

The Yamamoto Senko, the Yum Dinger and the Strike King Ocho are phenomenal choices. 

When choosing the right bait make sure you just keep it simple a green pumpkin pepper, watermelon with red flake, a transparent pink colored worm ( such as a morning dawn color) or even an all black typically work the best.

In low light conditions black worms and pink worms work phenomenally. They give the bass a great silhouette of the bait. If there are smallmouth in the area small black worms work very well because they typically will resemble leeches on the bottom of the lake floor.

Fluke style baits resemble the shape of a small baitfish. 

These also come in many different colors, by far the most effective colors that mimic a shad or sometimes a bluegill or a small juvenile bass. 

The Zoom Super Fluke is loaded with salt and will trigger bass to bite and hold on.

The Berkley GULP! Jerk Shad has it’s world-renowned bait scent that will attract fish and has been scientifically proven to work. 

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How To Tie A Drop Shot Rig

Above is a great video on how to tie the drop shot rig. It’s a slightly modified Palomar knot and it’s incredibly easy to learn and master quickly!

How To Rig Up Drop Shot Baits

“How ever you choose to rig the bait, make sure its not restricted in movement.”

Overall there are 3 basic ways to rig a drop shot fishing bait. Nose hooked, Texas rigged, Wacky rigged.

First, is nose hooking the bait. There are two ways to nose hook the worm. First is to hook it through the head front quarter inch. Insert from the bottom and exit straight out top the head.

This allows the worm to swivel on the hook freely. 

The second way to nose hook the worm is to insert the hook through the front quarter inch to where the straight point starts its downward bend, keeping the point of the hook inside the soft plastic bait.  

These options of nose rigging the bait give the worm very natural action. Whenever the line is moved the worm will respond.

BASS Elite Pro Aaron Martens has the belief that this gives the worm a more natural appearance and he prefers it over the traditional approach.

He believes that if the worm is rigged hooked from the bottom out the top of the head the worm may just swivel and not have as good of action.

However, countless others prefer the traditional nose hooking method and have won many big money tournaments using this approach.

Be careful not to hook too much of the front part of the worm. This will give the worm reduced movement and will likely cause line twist.

The second way is to Texas rig the bait on an EWG hook.

Tie the hook onto the line using the same Palomar knot. Then thread the bait onto the hook just like if you were fishing it Texas rigged style. 

The benefit of choosing to fish this Texas rig is when you are fishing in snaggy areas, such as trees, submerged brush piles, flooded timber.

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Rig Your Drop Shot Rig Like This!
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The fat stick baits/wacky worm baits work will when rigged wacky style. (We’ll get into that technique later).  

The larger size increases weight which in turn effects fall rate.  

The Yamamoto Senko, the Yum Dinger and the Strike King Ocho are phenomenal choices. 

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The third method is to wacky rig the bait.  Using a soft straight tail worm or a stick style senko worm, thread the hook through the middle of the bait. 

This gives the fish a completely different appearance of the bait when you lift it up and allow it to fall, giving the bait is quivering action. 

5 Best Locations To Start Drop Shotting

These Locations Are Primed and Ready To Be Fished!

1) Points & Sandbars

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The most important thing to remember is that points and sandbars offer ambush points.  And a greater number of these locations offer irregularities on the aforementioned structures. 

For the majority of time those irregularities can be any type of things. Below is a list of such changes to look out for:

  • Finding a large solitary large rock (often a boulder).
  • Observing a consistent change in the size of rock in that area. Example; the point has pea-gravel and changes to chunk rock.
  • Noticing drop-offs, dips, ledges depth changes.
  • Detection of a high-spot on the submerged point. 

These structure irregularities will congregate bass and bait. 

Fortunately, with the help of advancing sonar, it’s becoming easier and easier to look for these changes in point composition.

Once you find the ambush points it’s incredibly important to note whether or not that specific area has any current running over it. 

If it does, you have a recipe for success. Drop shotting points can help you determine the bottom composition and allow you get a better feel for whats down there. 

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2) Banks & Rockpiles

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Just like the points and sandbar section, you need to have the areas that have ambush points.

Below is a list of locations to find and fish when drop shot fishing a bank or rockpiles.  Look for these:

  • Pay attention to large tree lay-downs into the water
  • Submerged brush or timber
  • Discover pockets or channels in the submerged brush lines or grass lines.
  • Finding a large solitary large rock or boulder.
  • Observing a consistent change in the size of rock in that area. Example; the bank has pee-gravel and changes to chunk rock.
  • Noticing drop-offs, dips, ledges depth changes to the bank.
  • Detection of a high-spot on the submerged point. 

These structure irregularities will congregate bait and the bass will follow the bait. These areas are particulary useful with fishing in the morning and evening. 

Like points make sure you find these locations that also have current running through it. 

The current can be flowing water caused (running river or flowing reservior) or current that is created by blowing wind or breeze. 

3) Docks

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Fishing docks give the upper hand to the angler because many times it will converge the bass and give them shade and cover.

Docks are great to fish if the lake you’re fishing does not have a large amount of structure near the bank. 

Beginners should start by throwing a drop shot rig to the outer corners first and then slowly work their way in. 

You will have the best chance for success if you have the sun in front of you. That way the bass will not get spooked by your shadow.  

4) Bridge Pilings

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Bridge pilings are should always be on your list to drop shot fish. 

You can drop shot a bridge piling multiple ways.

First, cast the drop shot rig as close to the base (I often will intentionally hit it) and allow is to free spool straight down. 

Depending on the time of year and water temperature will dictate what size weight to use.

In the hottest months, use the heaviest weight possible initially. The fast decent will cause make any ultra aggressive fish give you a reaction strike.

If the water is cool to cold, use a lighter weight 1/16th to 1/8th to slow the decent.

The second way to fish bridge pilings is to thread on a small swimbait and cast past the piling 5-10 feet. 

Once the bait hits the water immediately engage the bail and allow the bait to pendulum/swing past the bridge piling.  Keep your rod tip up to approximately the 1 o’clock position to detect bites. 

Always first cast into the current and slowly work the bait back.

If the water temperature is warm first target the shadowed side of the piling. Whereas, if the water temperature is cold then cast to the sunny side of the piling. 

5) Bluff Walls

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It’s simple bluff wall hold fish 365 days a year.  And you cannot say that about many locations that bass will localize around.

The main two main variables to consider is the water temperature and the time of year.  This will tell you if the bass are still in the creeks or out on the main lake.

You’ll be smart to fish the main lake initally if the water is less than 46 degrees. Look for channel swings and irregularities on the bluff wall itself or on your sonar.  

Bass will primarily feed vertically during this time of year.

Start out in the front and slowly fish to approximately back half of the way close to the creek. 

If the water is great than 47 degrees start drop shot fishing in the primary creek channels associated with bluff walls. 

As the water temperature is rising during the spring, you must find south facing bluff walls that are close to spawning flats. 

Bass use bluff walls as a type of “highway” going to and from the regional spawning grounds.

As summer approaches, realize that bass need shade and cover to help keep cool and to ambush prey, so find bluff wall that are north facing. 

One last thing to consider. Looks for places where fallen rock or chunk rock nearby the bluff wall.  Crayfish will be attracted to this chunk rock and in the warm temperatures bass will feed there. 

WARNING: Here’s What Every Serious Bass Angler Needs To Know About Advanced Drop Shot Fishing

Many Pros Want These Techniques To Stay Quiet!

Lesson Overview

Today our experts are going to reveal 5 Insider Techniques that work!

  1. Me Time With Your Electronics
  2. Power Shotting
  3. Double Rig = Triple Trouble
  4. Pitching In Precise Locations
  5. BONUS: Buoys Aren’t Just For Boats

So far you should be pretty comfortable with the basics of drop shotting and where to fish the drop shot.  Here we are getting into some hush-hush techniques that the pros don’t like to talk about.

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1) Have Some Me Time With Your Sonar...

Know What Your Sonar Can Do And What it Can't.

Simply stated, you need to take a few days to really familiarize your yourself with your electronics.

Having a deep understanding of your sonar can possible help you catch a fish of a lifetime or leave you skunked on the water. 

So leave your rods and reels at home, because it’s time to get down and dirty with your sonar.

Find Fish In A Flash

There’s a saying that when bass fishing, “if you find the bait – you find the bass”. 

The next time you’re moving from spot to spot slow down and allow your sonar to work for you.  Especially useful for tournament pre-fishing!

Cruse at a rate of 15-25 MPH and analyze what is going on under the boat.  Sometimes you’ll be surprised because the fish may show themselves in some places you may over completely overlooked.

Get A Better Look A The Structure Before You Start To Fish

You probably noticed that the professional anglers have graphs that have different settings. 

If you observe a possible spot as you’re cruising, switch to a the down-imaging mode to get a better look.

Sometimes you’ll see a what looks to be a school of fish but it turns out to be tall grass or submerged timber. 

This helps you better choose what drop shot bait and drop shot hook you will need to choose!

In the above example, you would probably choose a small bait color with a weedless or 1/0 EWG hook so you won’t get hung up and ruin the spot you’re trying to fish.

Remember, 2D sonar has a wide round cone and down imaging has a narrow cone that offers greater sensitivity. 

Using the two together as a team is better than trying to only use one or the other.

Size Isn't Everything...Or Is It?

Long story short, it’s incredibly hard to determine the size of the fishing because it can change size with sensitivity or differences in depth.  Fish in 20 feet look much larger than the same sized fish in 100 feet. 

The fish arch color is determined by the size of the fish. 

If you have the colors red, yellow, and blue, the bigger the fish, the more yellow it will look.

 Thickness will also determine the size of the arch of the fish.

Length of a fish arch is determined how long (duration) the fish is directly under the transducer.  Meaning, it’s not the actual fish length.

As you can see the vertical black lines displays how long the fish is under the transducer.  The thickness of the fishes arch is noted between the green lines. 

If you truly want to know the fishes length, you must catch one of them or drop an Auqu-Vu Camera and actually look at the fish!

Actionable TIP - What To Do If The Fish You're Watching Disappears!!!

Here’s a quick tip to immediately put to practice fast!

If you’re fishing a school of fish and they disappear from your down-imaging, turn on your side-scan to find out where they went!

Sonar Drop Shot Settings On The Water

2) Power Shotting

“Drop shot fishing isn’t always about shallow fishing with light line. If you see fish deep think about a drop shot rig!”

Power Shotting is known to many by a variety of names for example, Speed Shotting or Bubba Rig. 

The power shot rig is essentially the drop shot rig on steroids.   Typically fished in deep water or in heavy cover is where the power shot thrives.

Everything that you associate what a drop shot rig is the same with the power shot rig but upsized: rod, reel line, weight size, bait size, ect. 

Starting with the gear…

The rod is typically a casting rod 7 – 7 1/2 foot long medium heavy fast action like the G.Loomis E6X Jig & Worm Casting Rod

You also need a reel that handles the rigors of this style of fishing. The Abu Garcia Revo SX low-profile baitcast fishing reel is phenomenal for this. Ultra-lightweight design with X2-Craftic alloy frame so it won’t wear out your arm and it has the Carbon Matrix drag system provides smooth and consistent drag, so you won’t worry about a fish snapping your line because the drag can’t keep up with the fish!

The best drop shot weight to start with would be 3/8 ounce lead skinny drop shot weight

Nothing’s more frustrating than having your fishing weight get snagged on the bottom.

Use these when you are fishing from shore and/or fishing around rocks and cracks.

Up as the video implies, upsize your line to 12-17 pound fluorocarbon line like the Sunline FC Sniper line

Sunline by far and away has the best abrasion resistance, meaning that it can get scratched and rubbed on sharp edges and it will not break like the cheap options available. 

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Use your electronics to see how tall the grass is. Once you determine the height of the vegetation, then tie on the hook 4-6 inches above that. 

Weight size – start with a 3/8 ounce weight and increase from there. Don’t be surprised if you need 1/2 – 3/4 ounce weight for really deep water fishing. 

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Drop Shot - Power Shot

3) Double Rig = Triple Trouble

“This TRIPLE Threat Drop Shot Rig Will Change Everything!!!”

The double drop shot rig is a great option when bass are stacked up or schooling.

Tie on your upper hook like you normally would, then tie on a shaky head jig instead of using a traditional drop shot weight.

Option 1

Drop Shot Double Shot - Option 1

The double rig is phenomenal to test two different styles of baits at once.  Try different colors of the same worm and see what they like.

Then, if not getting any bites, change out one of the lures to a completely different style!

Drop Shot Double Shot - Option 2

Option two allows the angler to test out a jig and a worm. 

This style is highly successful smallmouth fishing.  Since smallmouth tends to school, many times if you catch one fish the others will chase it down trying to steal the bait out of its mouth!

For some reason, they love the finesse jig and small worm option.

Drop Shot Double Shot - Option 3

I’ve personally seen option three work when for largemouth bass are very active and are stacked up.  Pitch this rig under boat docks or other structure during the middle of the day. 

You won’t be disappointed!

Finally, Here Are The 6 Reasons You're Not Catching More Drop Shot Fish!

Fail #1) Don't Shake What Yo Mama Gave You

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The first skill I would like to stress would be to not over work your bait!

We see a lot of people will over think of how much to move the lure.

By shaking it violently it makes the drop shot lure look like it’s having a seizure underwater! And this spooks the fish!

So instead of shaking it just keep your rod as still as possible.

Subtle fascinations in your arm or hand will make the lure undulate and appear more like a real bait fish.

Also if you’re fishing from a boat, the waves will give the lure movement as well.

If you are certain that you want to impart more life into the lure think about not trying to shake the lure but gently shaking the slack in the line.

Fail #2) Hate The Straight

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The second biggest mistake that we observe is that anglers that are just starting to drop shot is that they will straighten their line, making it very tight. 

Long story short is the line must always have a slight bow.  

Don’t go to the extreme and leave a ton of slack in the line…again, keep a slight bow in the line.

This will give it a natural appearance and allow the bait to flow freely in the subtle current.

If you keep the completely straight you will have a stiff appearing bait that is hovering in the water column. And to a bass this looks incredibly unnatural. 

Fail #3) You're J-Point Is Not On Point

Hook Point Is Up

The third biggest mistake to avoid is when new anglers will fish with the hook upside down.

Having an inverted hook will result in many missed fish as a result of the hook being yanked out of their mouth!

As you can see in the above picture, the drop shot rig should have the hook point and hook gap should be facing up. 

If you’re still having trouble with this, follow the video that was above section and keep practicing until you get it.

Fail #4) You're Not "One" With Your Bait

tying a drop shot hook rigging a drop shot Palomar knot weight underwater

The fourth biggest mistake that beginners make is that do not know what their bait looks like under water.

Take the bait to your swimming pool, bath tub or a clear/shallow part of the lake and take note what is looks like. 

Remember, if you cast a drop shot rig far out in front of your versus drop it underneath you it will look completely different because of the angle of the line. 

Fail #5) You Don't Know Your Electronics

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It’s imperative that you become familiar with your sonar. 

Doing this will take lots of time and practice…but that means you get to go fishing more!

If you have a sonar that has side scan or 360 imaging it can help identify the best locations to deploy your drop shot rig. 

Once you identify the fish you need to know what the your rig looks like as a sonar image. 

You then can observe what it looks like when fish follows it down or goes to inspect it.

This skill has won tournament anglers thousands of dollars.

Fail #6) You're A Major Hooker

fishing grass

When you get a bite, neither jerk the rod upward or do a side-sweep hook-set (like you would a Carolina Rig).

It’s somewhere in between. Many bass fishermen have good success by raising the rod tip up until you feel pressure, then give it a slight yank up and start reeling down. 

The small drop shot hooks will essentially set themselves. 

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Best Drop Shot Fishing Accessories

Sunglasses/ Eye Protection

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Not protecting your eyes on the water can have devistating damage to your eyes. You need high quality eye protection to protect you from the suns UV A & B rays. The same rays that cause cancer. 

That is why we recommend Costa Blackfin Sunglasses because they are rectangular glasses with a nylon sport wrap with polarized glass lenses.

If you plan on drop shot fishing during the spring you need good sunglasses to block the glare and to see the bedding bass from a long distance away you need these glasses.

The Blackfin is designed with corrosion-resistant stainless steel hinges, adjustable wire core temples, and special materials on the saddle nose bridge and temples to ensure comfort and minimize slippage.

These sunglasses have lightweight polarized glass lenses that provide amazing clarity and 100% UV protection.  Check the reviews on Amazon.

Fishing Hat

Protecting your head and neck from the suns damaging rays is also very important.   That is why we recommend you get a good fishing hat that can protect not only your head, but also you neck and face.

These style of hats come with a wide brim and offer removable neck and face flaps.

Keeps you cool when the sun is at it’s hottest and keeps you protected at the same time!

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Tight Lines.