This method of fishing is not new, but very few bass fishermen take advantage of this deadly tactic. It can be fished shallow, or deep. Drop shotting is especially deadly for fishing deep clear lakes. In fact you can even catch smallies in river systems when nothing else seems to work. There is something about this rig that bass just can’t resist.
You can rig it with many different kinds of plastic, but my favorite is the Robo Worm 4 ½” straight tail worm. It comes in many colors for all situations. I prefer the #1 or #2 Gamakatsu drop shot hooks, and usually use a Kanji tungsten, VMC Ike tungsten, Lunkerhunt or Voss straight or cylinder weight. You should tie the hook onto the line with a Palomar knot, or you can use the Gamakatsu Swivel Shot hooks, which all you need to do is tie your line right to the swivel and pinch your line in the slot across from the swivel. The different shape weight depends on the bottom structure.
This is a light line technique, usually requiring the use of 4 to 10 lb. line. Cast it out and just shake your rod tip. Leave your hand off the reel. Just use the reel to take up the slack line. All you want to do is wiggle the worm so to speak. You will have to adjust the length of line between the hook and the weight, for different situations. It all depends on the bottom content and what the fish are doing.
Take a look at Tackle Grab's Travis Moran's demonstration above for more details. Give this technique a try, and you will wonder why you haven’t tried this before.
- Don Manning (FISH THIS)