How To Dropshot Fish | Bass Fishing

Today, I want to talk to you about fishing a drop shot rigging. Now, if you’re not sure how to rig a lowering film, it’s pretty straightforward. I have some videos on how to do that. But we just have a drop shot sinker here. It’s confined on loosely. This is a eighth-ounce. And that’s a good starting weight for this, an eighth-ounce. You normally don’t need lots heavier than that. But if you’re fishing truly deep, if you’re fishing current, or if you’re fishing in windy status, then you might want to go up a little bit to maybe a three-ounce or even a quarter-ounce weight. But an eighth-ounce is pretty much your eat and butter. That’s what you’re going to use most the time. I’ve got it 18 inches up. Then I’ve got my Spinshot . . . look at how that invents, Spinshot hook. I desire these events because it trims down on path quirk and allows the bait to travel freely. And then I’m just using a four-inch tact insect here, really nose hooked, perfect bait for this kind of setup.

Now, you observe I got an 18 -inch commander on here. This is what you want to do in the summertime or when you fish in really clear ocean. You crave at least an 18 -inch commander. Sometimes I exit 24 -inch. The fish are a little more active. You can get this a little bit further off the bottom. They’re going to see it from further lengths. And they’ll come up and made it. In the winter period, you pretty much have to get onto right in front of them when they’re hugging the bottom. So you can bring it down to about 10 inches, perhaps 12 inches, but nothing shorter than that. And one of the reasons why is you’re giving it out there, and you’re reeling it back. It’s not straight up and down like this. It’s at an tilt. So even though you’ve got 18 inches here, you’re not 18 inches off the bottom.

You’re more about 12 inches or so with this kind of setup. If you’ve got your bait this close to the weight, like a lot of parties . . . I’ve seen a lot of parties do it this channel. Well, when you’re dragging it back , now you’re only what? Two inches off the bottom if that. It defeats the purpose of a drop shot. So I don’t go anything shorter than eight inches. In this case, I’m doing 18 inches, warmer months. I’m confined to it. I’m using a six-pound. I’m not using straight fluorocarbon. I know some people really like to use fluorocarbon for the predisposition. And there’s nothing wrong with that. You can certainly use that. I’m not saying that that’s wrong at all. Just for me, I’ve been doing this for 30 some curious decades and kind of hard to educate an old pony new tricks.

So I like to really use that coalesced fluorocarbon, copolymer assortment. Cultivates huge for this six-pound exam, real light-headed. And that’s why we’re using this real light-colored cable hook. You don’t need anything heavier than that. And because of that, I’m using a rod here that’s a medium light-colored act rod. Anything heavier than that, you may end up smashing a line or arranging out that hook. So a medium light-colored act rod is a perfect competition to this setup.

This is a spinning clothing, perfect for what we’re going to do. All right, so that’s the gear you’re going to implementation. Now, let’s go out and fish it. All right, so what I’m fishing here is an sphere that’s got a bumpy posterior to it, with a bit of weeds. It’s a great residence to fish the drop shot rigging. Now, all that you’re going to do when you cast it out there, don’t propel it really hard because you might propel the bait of the hook, because it’s just nose hooked, remember.

Just a delightful easy-going tos shed, and you’ll get it out there quite aways. You can also do really an underhand shed, kind of like a degree. That works really well more. But cast it out there and watch the line when it touches the ocean. And really flip-flop the indemnity over and watch that path where it touches the ocean, because you want to see if it . . . Sometimes, fishing operations made it when it’s falling. So you want to see if it mounts, quivers, pops.

I’m watching it. I’m watching it to see if anything happens. Okay , now, it’s on the bottom. Once it touches the bottom, all that you’re going to do is reel up to it, and you’re going to want to hold it continuous. Just try to hold the bait in place. Now, you don’t want to move it at all. And it’s funny, you are able to think that you’re not moving the bait. Concern of detail, I’m going to reel this down. I crave the rod down, so I’m ready to set the hook. But really was of the view that in place. You don’t want to move it at all.

And I’m reeling because the boat’s moving. And so slight progress, that’s what’s moving this bait around. Judge about it. If you take your hand and support it real continuous in front of you, support it as still as you possibly can for like 30 seconds, and you’ll show, there’s fluctuation. It’s always going to be moving. No one can hold it fully still. Well, that’s movement’s going to resonate down the rod, down the line into your bait. Judge about it even further. There’s always current in any body of water. Even on a lagoon, the ocean is not depressed. It’s always moving, whether it’s wind-driven current or weight-driven current, something like that. And even the gale on the ocean, you’re going to get these little ripplings on the ocean. It’s hitting the line. And that is going to transmit down the line.

So the bait is always moving, even if you’re viewing it perfectly still. And a lot of epoches, that’s when fishing operations will touch it. Now, once you can’t stand it anymore , now what you want to do is just sacrifice it a little shake. You can see, I’m just moving the rod gratuity, and that’s it. Not moving the weight, you want to shake the bait , not the weight. Okay, just think about that. Shake the bait , not the weight. And really sacrifice it a little popping. And that’s it. Now, to move it . . . Okay, I moved up on it because the wind pushed the barge into that. So let me substantiate you how I move it. All that you’re going to do is promote it up and give it lower, and then do it all over again. You’re not going to promote it up lots. Just is moving forward a bit. And this is a real slow disciplined channel of plowing ocean. This is not a technique you’re going to use to find fish. This is what you use once you’ve pinpointed an sphere where they’re at.

And you want to pick apart a residence and pick up all the fish in that area. This labor huge if you’ve handled an sphere with fast-moving bait, like a spinner bait or a crank bait or top ocean. Then you back through it methodically with this. So you really promote it up, give it lower. And then you’re going to shake it. And it’s just a bit of fluctuation with the rod gratuity. Give it sit. You can shake it a little bit more. Give it sit till you can’t stand it anymore. Then lift it back up. Move it a couple paws, maybe a paw or two. Give it lower. And, again, really support continuous and really do that again. Just wait and wait and wait and wait and wait.

Establish it a little shake. You really want to move that rod gratuity. That’s it. It’s very, exceedingly, very subtle. We’re not doing a whole lot of fluctuation here. And I can sit there and accept “youve got to” extinction with this entire retrieve. It’s going to take a long time to get it back. But that’s how you fish this bait. It’s real slow and methodical. Formerly you feel that burn, the hookset, you’re not going to reef on it. Don’t lay back and made it really hard. Again, you got an uncovered hook. So, truly, really draw it. And that’s it. It’s not a hard hookset. It doesn’t take much for that light-colored cable hook to probe past the barb. Reel down on it and really pluck, and it’s set. Matter of detail, if you position it really hard, then you’re apt to break the line or to straighten out that hook. So don’t touch it really hard. Anyway, that’s basically how you do it. It’s very simple, very straightforward, and very effective.

If you do it using the method used I really proved you, you’re going to have a whole heck of a lot of merriment.

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Jeffery D. Brown

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