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Brent Bartman

Heavy D-Shot

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I am trying to break into the world of drop shotting. i have had great success so far for the little time i have been drop shotting. i recently watched a video on youtube and watched a guy drop shot cypress trees with a Trick worm and thought how this bring a whole new technique to my cover fishing game. So Im turning my St Croix 7'6" Tidemaster medium Moderate fast action with Penn Sargus 2000 into  Heavy D-shot Rig. The rod  seems like a beefed up version of my TFO Garry Loomie Tactical Drop shot rod.  The rod seems to have a good action for a drop shot . I Plan on using 25 lb power pro and 17 lb Flouro Leader. Any guys doing this heavy dropshot??

 

Ii feel like this would be killer on using say a Fluke on grass lines during the spring in about 3-6 ft of water or on the edge of pads or laydowns.

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In-fisherman magazine covered this years ago.  They called it a "bubba" drop shot.  It works great and gives you confidence to put a drop shot bait in places you wouldn't consider with a lighter tackle/ more finesse rig.  My bubba drop shot rig consists of a 7'5" pitching stick, on the heavy side of med/heavy and a curado 50 with 20 lb Seaguar Abrazx.  I generally use a half ounce drop shot weight, when I ever get around to placing an order for drop shot weights from Tackle Warehouse or somewhere like that I will probably try 3/4 oz.

 

This rig doesn't solve all your angling problems, but for me it has turned a bad day into a decent day several times.  My first bait choice is a power bait jerk shad.  I start with the Arkansas Shiner color and then shade it in with chartreuse, orange & blue spike it markers.  Secondary bait choice is a power bait crazy legs chigger craw.

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Does the "bubba" part of it really pertain to the weight being used?  There are times on Lake Erie that a 1/2oz minimum is needed, but I don't consider that to be a bubbashot rig.

 

IMHO when I hear the term bubbashot I am usually thinking it is using a larger profile bait like a beaver style bait, or similar.  I'm sure others more knowledgeable will chime in soon enough.

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All I know is that is what In-fisherman magazine called that particular drop shot set-up, i.e. the flipping/pitching stick/bait casting reel & heavier mono or fluorocarbon line.  I use the same term just to stay consistent and to differentiate from my more finesse oriented drop shot rigs which consist of spinning gear.

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I will be using spinning gear but saltwater spinning gear I would throw for snook or reds something with enough back to turn a fish but still fish able

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Would you consider a 5 lb weight heavy? That's what is used to drop shot 300' deep in current for rock fish!

Tom

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I mean I grew up bottom fishing in florida and i have used 10Lb sinkers deep dropping for snapper in 700-1100 ft of water so heavy is a relative term i agree but im talking more along the line of bigger baits in thicker cover.

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The more streamline the soft plastic is the easier it get down through cover.

Tom

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I "bubba shot" all the time. 7'MH casting rod, 30lb braid, 15 or 17lb fluoro leaders. 3/0-5/0 VMC power-shot hook (depending on bait size) , and 1/2 -1oz sinker (depending on cover thickness and/or depth) tied DIRECT to the drop line. You can bubba shot any bait, I use the same baits I regularly pitch and flip with, creatures, craws, stick baits, straight tail worms, etc..... some times I downsize the bait, sometimes I don't.

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I've never heard of such thing as heavy drop shot nor practiced it ............

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I'll throw y'all another curve ;)

I fish a heavy d-shot just like a c-rig on deep structure!

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That's what I'm talking about but I do it on outside grasslines, ya know the ones ya need a depth finder to locate!

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Glenn's video opened my eyes up to it and I used it last year with some success.  I used a 3/0 VMC Powershot hook and a 7" Power Worm most of the time.  Great flip n pitch alternative in and around the weeds.  My minimum weight is also 1/2oz for this technique.

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Drop-shot is really just a terminal rig that can be used with whatever combo of line, leader, weight and bait that's suits conditions. At what point you call the rig a "Bubba-shot" is a matter of perspective, there's no hard/fast definition. A heavy drop shot used to punch mats works well when the bite's aren't coming on the initial fall. 

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I saw guys using the heavy at Clear lake last spring on beds. Put it in there with the fish guarding the bed and wait for it to happen. Just jiggle and wait.

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Sounds a little heavy....

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