How To Dropshot

Learn how to fish the dropshot rig with this video. Here's everything you need to know to start catching fish on a dropshot rig!
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Alright, guys. Let's talk about a drop shot rig. I know there are a lot of questions on the forum about how to rig a dropshot rig and how to fish it. So, that's what I'm going to talk about this morning.

   What a dropshop rig usually is - there's always variations of it - is a medium light spinning rod or a crankbait rod, depends on what you want. But today we're going to use a spinning rod. Now, this right here is a medium heavy spinning rod.

   The reason I'm using one today is because I'm using a 15 pound test and I'm fishing around trees and brush. The fish are pretty good size and they fight pretty good, and I break off way too many on a 10 pound test up to a 12 pound test. But I'm still going to rig it the same way, use a little bit bigger hook bigger, and I'm using a bigger worm too. Okay?

   There's a lot of different types of hooks for a drop shot rig. This right here is a mosquito hook. Some people use the drop shot, split shot hook. Other people use regular offset worm hooks, which is fine. Just one thing to remember with an offset worm hook is you're going to Texas rig your worm, so it requires a little bit more hook set. So, you need to think about how strong your rod is, how strong your line is, and whether it can handle that type of a hook set. I do it on this rod right here, medium heavy with a 12 pound test.

   Okay. So, I'm using a mosquito hook, a number one mosquito hook, and a 3/8-ounce teardrop drop shot weight. Okay? You see the drop shot swivel? That's a line grip swivel and I'll show you how to rig that here in just a minute. There are other types of drop shot weights. There's cylindrical and there's the round ball, but I prefer the teardrop. They're hard to find. I ended up starting to make them myself, instead of trying to find them on the East Coast.

   Now, like I said, I've got a mosquito hook. It's a number one mosquito hook. What you do is you tie a palomar knot, and you tie it with a long tag end. You notice how, we came up with this question about a year ago on the website. A lot of people fussing or complaining about not being able to tie a palomar knot on a small hook. Just put the line through the hook and then put it back through the same way, so you've got your loop. It's one of those "duh" questions, but sometimes it comes up, especially people who don't do it very often. Okay?

   Pull yourself a good tag end. I'm using about a 20-inch tag end, mainly because the fish today are a little bit suspended off the bottom. I still want them to be able to look up to see the bait. They tend to bite a little bit better when they're looking up. Wet the line. Pull it tight. Make sure it's tied right. Make sure it's not wrapped around the eye of the hook.

   Now, the hook is not standing out like you want to in a drop shot rig. So, the trick - you see, you get the hook turned straight up like that. You take your tag end, and you put it back through the eye of the hook. Okay? Pull it tight, and now your hook is turned straight up. It'll stay pretty much that way all day. You still have to adjust it every once in a while, especially when you get a line twist.

   Now, with these line gripper drop shot weights, or these swivels, stick it through, grab the tag end, grab both ends and you pull up. That's all there is. No knots, no anything. You just pull up and it stays tight just like that.

   Now what types of worms do we use with a drop shot? I like straight tail worms. I don't like the worms with the ribbon tails and things like that, but you can use them. They do work. The reason I don't like them is because it tends to get wrapped around the line a lot more on the cast, and will definitely affect the action of the worm. Okay?

   Now, with an open hook all you've got to do is nose hook it, just like this. Just nose hook it and you're ready to fish. Okay?

   All right, notice how I underhand pitched right up against that tree. I'm just going to shake it here for a minute.

   All right, see the fish loading up on? You just lift up and start reeling. I had an open hook because I didn't want to lay into it. I just lifted it up and even that big, old worm will catch a small fish like this. Little fish, but you guys kind of get the idea.

   Notice how I did a little underhand flip, a little pitch, lot easier to cast that weight that way. Okay? What I'm doing is I'm letting the weight just sit on the bottom, and I'm just shaking the worm. See? I got a fish on. Okay, set the hook. That's a good fish. That's a good fish.

   Notice I didn't set the hook. I just kind of lifted up and I let that small thin wire hook get a bite into this fish. Okay? Just like that. Catch a pretty good fish, three pounds, three and half pounds. A drop shot can be a really, really deadly weapon. Very versatile, a lot more versatile than one would think.

   I've used creature baits. I've used a lot of different things. Like I said, I don't like things with ribbon tails because the ribbon tail just wraps around the line a lot, and will kind of cause it to foul up. Now, you can use it. I have caught fish with them. Shoot, last week I was catching, using a drop shot rig and a 10-inch Zoom  monster.

   You can get a bunch of fish out of a dang trick worm. Just by biting out the front, the little bit that the hook.

   Shake it. There's a bite. Set the hook. Got an acrobat, also means I don't have a worm. Oh, oh, got my worm. There you go.

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