The Drop Shot For Dummies

The drop shot is a crucial set up to know how to properly execute to be a successful and dynamic fishing especially in California. The drop shot is a lure set up associated with “West Coast Anglers” and are used by professionals and novices alike in states on the west of the United States especially California and Arizona, used for Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and even Spotted Bass. Chris Zaldain a San Jose, Ca local and Professional fisherman in the Bassmaster Classic series on of the biggest bass fishing tournament series in the United States placed 6th in the Ca Delta tournament using it almost exclusively. The set of of a drop shot is much different than other fishing lure set ups, you connect a weight designed for it at the bottom then 4″ to 12″ above you connect a 2 o/t hook, most all lure set ups have the weight above. Then on your hook you want to connect a soft plastic (rubber) either a trick worm or small shad (bait fish) imitation. Choosing being the shad or the worm will depend on what bait is in the body of the water you are fishing but when it doubt a worm is always a safe bet. The best part of the drop shot is you can essentially anywhere, rocky to weedy, 3 feet of water to 50 feet of water, etc. To fish it you want to cast it at a point that you think will be holding a fish like a point off a cove or downed tree and let it sink to the bottom. Then you want to reel up almost all the slack, then you move the rod tip up and down which will in turn make the worm “dance” underwater attracting the fish. Then you will feel a tug or two when a fishing bites it at which point yank up on the rod to set the hook and reel you fish in. When reeling in your fish keep the rod tip down and the line taught to insure the fish cannot spit the hook up. If you do not get a bite in about a minute of  jerking your lure reel it up cast in a new position and try again until you have success. I suggest using the drop shot to find fish or on a slow day when you are not having success on other lures. Tight lines and good luck!


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