The drop shot is a rig I picked up from reading about bass fishing. I haven’t actually used it to catch freshwater bass, but I’ve employed it to catch saltwater bass and halibut. I like to use it when there isn’t a lot of water movement to make a bait move, or the bait that you’re using doesn’t move a lot on its own. When you have your hook tied directly to the line as it is in the drop shot rig, any little twitch of your rod will have an exaggerated effect on the bait you have attached to the hook.
In order for it to work effectively, you have to tie it correctly and use the right kind of hook. This article from American Legacy reviews how to do it.
I probably hear about a drop shot more than just about any other technique. It seems like drop shot is a pretty big buzz word in the fishing industry. There are tons of different ways to rig a drop shot and a myriad of rod and reel combinations to accommodate this finesse application, but I am going to outline the set up that works best for me.
There are basically two different ways to fish a drop shot: dropping on fish directly beneath the boat (video game fishing) and casting a drop shot and finessing it back to the boat. Both have their time and place. One of the most fun ways to use modern electronics is graph until you find a school of suspended fish, then get up front with a drop shot and let your bait fall through the school hoping one will follow it to the bottom or come up for an easy meal. You can shake it, pop it, drop it, or dead stick it to try and get one of these fish to commit. The whole time you are staring at your graph almost begging a fish to bite. Often times, you can see a fish leave the school and follow your bait (hence being referred to as video game fishing).
Photos: SoCal Salty (top); American Legacy (above)