The Drop Shot Rig is used to "hover" small baits in front of lethargic bass. It's most commonly used in deep, cold, clear water.
Use a palomar knot to tie a #1 worm, sproat or circle hook to your line, leaving a 2- to 4-foot tag end. Bring the tag end back through the hook eye (to make it stand out at a 90-degree angle from the line), and attach a 3/16- to 1/2-oz. drop shot weight to the end of the line. Thread on or nose-hook a small soft-plastic bait. Keep a tight line, using the rod tip to jiggle the bait in place.
This is a finesse rig, used mostly for fishing deep, cold, clear water. It can be cast or fished vertically; jiggle the bait a few times, then slide it a few feet and repeat. Best with light line and spinning gear.
Look for collection spots in creek channels, cups and off the ends of long points in deep water. Bluff banks with channel drops are also prime territory.
- Zoom Lizard (4 inch)
- Bass Pro Shops Drop Shot Worm (4 inch)
- Zoom Meat Head 2-3/4 to (4 inch)
- Berkley Gulp! Minnow (4 inch)
- XPS Octopus Hook (4 to 1/0)
- Gamakatsu Split Shot/Drop Shot Hook (4 to 1/0)
- Owner Down Shot Hook (4 to 1/0)
- Gamakatsu Drop Shot Rig
Line (*6-pound to 10-pound test)