Dropshot For Beginners | Bass Fishing

Keri: Hey, you got something. Finally, he caught a fish on a drop shot. Glenn: Here we go. Keri: It’s a little smallmouth. Glenn: We’ll take it. A little
smallmouth on a drop shot. That’ll do the trick. Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com. And today, let’s talk about drop shotting,
the basics. This is the essentials that you need to be
successful with the drop shot rig. Now, you guys who’ve been fishing drop shots
for a while, this pertains to you as wellbecause there’s some little tips and tricks
you’re gonna pick up on in here that you maynot have heard before that’s gonna make you
be more successful on the water. So drop shotting, the technique, first off
is you make sure you’re using it in the rightconditions. It is not a type of technique to use to cover
a lot of water and for finding fish. Drop shotting is used once you’ve located
the fish, you know they’re sitting on a pieceof structure or cover, and you wanna milk
them out of that. Usually, when the bite isn’t very good, it’s
when the fish is in a neutral to negativebiting mode. Or you’ve gone through that area, you’ve picked
up a bunch of fish that are actively chasingdown crankbaits and spinnerbaits and you’ve
caught those. You wanna go back through that area and methodically
pick it apart to catch even more fish. That’s when the drop shot shines. That’s when it really does well. If you’re trying to find fish with a drop
shot, you might get a little frustrated withit because it’s not as effective as doing
that, simply because you’re fishing really,really slow. And if you’re not in an area where the fish
are, you’re gonna spend a lot of time castingand not catching. So let’s start off with the equipment here. What we’re using is spinning gear, spinning
outfit for many, many reasons. It starts off with the hook. Drop shot, you’re typically using just a size
1 or 1/0 hook. This is a 1. This is a spin shot hook. Looks like that. It spins. If I can get it to spin, see that?And it doesn’t spin the line. It twists. It doesn’t twist the line. And I have a spin shot for two reasons. Number one, eliminates twist. The other reason is that it allows the bait
to move freely. And I can’t stress this enough. With drop shotting, you need that bait to
move as natural as possible. This is why I’m using the finesse hand-poured
lure. It just wiggles and moves naturally in the
water. It’s very flexible and flimsy. See that?That’s what you want because you need a very
natural, natural presentation. So with a small hook like that, a size 1 or
1/0 hook, it’s a thin wire hook. By that nature, it means that you cannot put
a ton of pressure on it, otherwise, you’llbend it out and you can lose a fish during
a fight that way. It’ll just work itself open and the fish’ll
break free. Or those thin hooks, because it’s a 1 or 1/0
hook, it doesn’t have a big bite to it andyou can literally rip the hook out of the
fish’s mouth if you’re using stout gear orheavy line or your equipment isn’t matched
properly. You could end up losing a lot of fish that
way. And that’s part of the frustration a lot of
people have with the drop shot is they losea lot of fish in this because, you know, they
wanna blame the hook or something like that. It’s because they don’t have matched equipment. So let’s talk about that a little bit. Because we’re using these small hooks the
first thing you wanna do is use a light line. I’m using 6. 2-pound Seaguar Fluorocarbon Finesse
line. Yup, 6. 2-pound. That’s weird. Why 6. 2-pounds?Well, couple things. First of all, Seaguar, they invented fluorocarbon
fishing line. And because of that, they create their own
resin that’s made specifically for fluorocarbonfishing line. They are in control of that. They don’t buy it from a third party like
other line manufacturers do. They make their own. They manufacture their own lines. So they are 100% in control of quality control
the whole way. Because of that, they can make any pound they
want. In this case, 6. 2-pound is what I like because
it offers that real flexibility, allows thebait to move naturally in the water. It’s not stiff. It allows it to bend and flex. It’s got super sensitivity to it, which you
need because the bite is gonna be subtle. So any kind of sensitivity that you can glean
and put it in your favor, that’s what youneed, and that’s what fluorocarbon does. Fluorocarbon also is heavy. So it doesn’t have any buoyancy to it. So it is neutral. As far as the bait’s concerned, it’s not gonna
impede the action of that bait. Whereas braid, on the other hand, braid’s
buoyant. You’re gonna get a bow on the line, it’s gonna
impede the action of that bait because itpulls back on it. It doesn’t allow it to flow freely. Plus it’s no stretch whatsoever. And on a light wire hook, that’s exactly the
opposite of what you want. You want a little stretch and give when you’re
fighting the fish so you don’t bend that hookout. And braid will do that. I don’t care if you’re using a six-pound braid
or not. It doesn’t stretch. And that’s a characteristic you don’t want
when you’re using light hooks. So I don’t even use braid at all. Like, I don’t have, like, a leader on it or
anything like that because it defeats thepurpose of using the fluorocarbon. I use some backing on here with braid, so
I don’t have to use all fluorocarbon becausethat’s expensive. So I’ll maybe use 60, 80 yards of fluorocarbon
line with braid backing. But I’m not using, like, braid line with a
leader, if that makes any sense. Because I want to use the advantages that
fluorocarbon has for finesse fishing. So that’s why I’m using 6. 2-pound line. Any heavier line, and it starts to impede
the action of the bait. Seven-pound, 8-pound, 10-pound, it’s just
a little too wirey and the bait doesn’t getto flow as freely as it should. So a six-pound line works really well for
drop shot. The rod itself is a medium-light powered,
moderate action rod. Lots of bend and flex to it. I don’t know if you can see that or not. I can bring this down a little bit, but, boy,
it’s got a lot of flex to it. That’s what you want. It acts kind of like a spring. It kinda gives, when that fish surges, when
you’re fighting them back to the boat, itgives. It doesn’t pull back on the fish, which is,
again, can cause a problem with the hook. So you need that real light action. It’s gonna work in concert with that line
when that fish takes off and runs, it’s gonnagive a little bit, let that fish go. And that’s why I’m using spinning gear here. Spinning gears, the drag is this way. The discs are over here. So they’re bigger discs and that way, they
have greater surface area. So by nature, they have a smoother drag. And that’s what you want or something like
this, a nice smooth drag. When that fish makes that run, you want a
nice, steady, slow pull. You don’t want to go because that’s just gonna
work the hook loose when the fish is fighting. So a good, strong, steady drag is what you
need for this type of deal, for drop shotfishing. And then here I just got a teardrop-shaped
drop shot weight. It’s on a little swivel so it doesn’t get
snagged as much. Doesn’t have to be a swivel, but I like to
have a little swivel on it. This teardrop shape, now if I’m fishing in
areas that have a little more rock in it,fishing deeper structure that’s a little more
chunky rock, then I might go to a straightcylinder shape drop shot because it doesn’t
get hung up as much in the rocks. But I will not fish rip rap. I’m gonna save you guys a lot of frustration
right now. Don’t fish drop shot and rip rap. You’re just gonna get frustrated because about
every other cast you’re gonna get stuck andyou’re probably gonna lose a lot of drop shot
weights. So just don’t do it. Don’t fish rip rap, you know, chunk rock,
that kind of stuff with drop shot. Other than that, it works very well in a lot
of different areas. So speaking of that, now that you know the
rig and how to set it up, let’s go it. Come here. All right. Keri: He is not happy. Glenn: Here we go. Keri: What are you using, Glenn?Glenn: Drop shot finesse worm. All right. So again, you’re targeting something very
specific, say a point or a rock pile. I don’t have one right here where I’m at,
but I’m gonna try and demonstrate what I canbest I can. All you’re gonna do is you’re gonna throw
it out there to that piece of structure andlet the bait fall all the way down. Just let it fall. And a lot of times, the bite will happen while
it’s falling. So you just wanna watch the line. Watch it very, very carefully. Be on point for this because you’ll just see
a little twitch in your line, or it mightjump a little bit, or it might swim off to
one side. Lot of times, it just starts falling faster
because the fish grabbed it and swimming awaywith it and the line just starts peeling off
faster. Those subtle things, that’s a bite because
you’re not gonna feel it because it’s fallingon slack line. So watch for that. If you see something like that occur, reel
down and set the hook. And you don’t pop it really hard because the
hook’s already exposed to thin wire hooks. So you just lift. It’s just a quick pull. And yet the fish will be hooked. You don’t have to do anything harder than
that. But once it hits the bottom, reel up on the
slack and you want a straight connection. You want your line to be a nice straight connection,
straight down to the bottom. And don’t do anything else. Just hold it tight and hold on to it. That’s it. You don’t wanna move it at this point. You may think the bait is just sitting there
limp and not doing anything, but actuallyit is. When you’re trying to hold your hand steady
for two minutes, you can’t. You’re not a statue, so it won’t hold rock
solid. Your hand is moving and that’s transmitting
little vibrations down the line. If there’s a little breeze, little waves are
lapping up and hitting the line and it’s causinglittle vibrations down there and making the
bait move. If there’s a little bit of current down there,
it’s moving too. And you are moving. If you’re on a boat, you’re gonna be drifting
just a little bit and that weight is movingalong the bottom. All that is causing that bait to just shimmy
in place and move around and look alive. This is why you’re using that light line with
that VMC Spinshot hook, is letting that baitmove naturally by itself. And you’re not imparting a whole lot of action
on it. You’re just letting it do its thing. And a lot of times, you get bit that way. This is where you need that sensitivity in
that line and in this rod because, again,the bites can be really soft. It might just get a little heavy, just load
up a bit, boom, you got a fish, set the thehook. Well, I’ll take it. Keri: And I’ll do the same. Glenn: He was right on the drop. Keri: Mine are right on the rock. Glenn: Right where he’s supposed to be. Keri: At least yours are getting bigger or
yours are bigger. I guess he’s a little bit bigger than the
last one I caught. Little bit. Glenn: We doubled again, though they’re not
big ones, but, you know, it’s fun. Keri: That’s right. Glenn: Now, if I’ve been sitting here for
a while and I get bored and I’m not catchingany fish doing that, then I might just tweak
it just a little bit. I’ll just use my wrist and all I’m doing is
I’m just shaking it just a little bit. I’m just moving it just like that. All I wanna do is I wanna see that line bounce. I don’t know if you could see it or not with
the camera. The line is just bouncing just a little bit. That’s all you’re trying to do, is get it
to bounce. Your rod tip will bounce just a little bit
but look at this bait dance around. Look at this. I’m doing exactly what I just showed you. Look how much it’s dancing. See?It moves a lot, even though you may not think
it is. It’s moving a lot and that’s what you want. You just give that little bit of motion to
attract the nearby bass. It’s in that neutral to negative feeding mode,
he sees something that’s alive, that’s moving,he’s gonna come check it out and he’s gonna
eat it. So that’s all you need to do. Once you’ve done that for a little while,
you pause, you wait again, holding that linetight. You don’t get bit, shake a little bit more,
wait, you don’t get bit, then you can liftup the rod and reposition that bait on that
piece of structure and do it again. Rinse, lather, repeat. It’s the same process. It’s very slow and methodical. It can be boring if you’re on a piece of structure
that doesn’t have any fish and you’re notgetting bit, but at the same time, a lot of
times, when the fish are in that negativeto neutral feeding mode, it’s the only thing
they want. That’s all they’re gonna do is they’ll bite
something like this when nothing else willdo. In the summertime, I have a long leader like
this, 18 inches. You want it up off the bottom. The fish are roaming around a bit. They’re moving, so they’re gonna see it. So you want it up a bit. If I’m fishing some sparse vegetation, I might
go longer because I want this bait to be upabove that vegetation where they can see it. So I’ll go longer. In the colder months and in the winter, I’ll
shorten it up. I’ll shorten that leader to maybe 8 or 10
inches because the fish are closer to thebottom and they’re not willing to go up as
much to chase a bait. Now, one other technique I like to use, both
summer and wintertime, is offshore structurelike points, humps, ridges, rock piles work
really well for this, ledges. What I’ll do is I’ll throw it out there. This is in 15, 20-foot, even deeper water. In the dead of winter, I’m fishing 45 feet
deep. I’ll throw it out there and I’ll use the boat
and the breeze to drag that bait over thatcover. So in those instances, all I’m doing is I’ve
just got my rod out here and I just got myrod tip down towards the water, almost touching
the water, and I’m just dragging it real slow. If there’s no wind at all, I’ll put the trolling
motor maybe on 10 to 20, somewhere in there. Real slow drift over that cover. In that instances, then I will use a little
bit longer. . . even if it’s dead of winter,use a longer tagging like this because, you
see, you’ve got a bottom like this, you’rein an angle, right?So even though you’ve got a long tag end,
the bait’s only just far off the bottom. So keep that in mind. Use a little bit longer if you’re gonna drag
that technique. But that is really deadly in the wintertime
or in the dead of summer when the fish arein those deeper, deeper structure areas, they’re
not willing to bite, you can just drift overit and just take your rod tip and give it
a little shake every now and then while you’redrifting over it and they grab it, take off
with it. It’s great way of fishing. Not super exciting because it’s not super
aggressive, but a lot of times that’s theonly way the fish are gonna bite. And you better know how to do this technique
when that’s the only way they’re gonna biteit. So that’s drop shotting 101. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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