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some help with a dropshot please

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At my local lake everyone has been fishing dropshot rigs and doing fairly well. I would like to try it this weekend but only have a basic understanding of how to set it up. Is it a rig you cast and retrive? How far off the weight should the plastic be? Worms or flukes? How has it worked for you? Things like that. Thanks  ;D

                                    Bryce.

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Hey

Here's how I do it.

First I pull about 18" of line through the hook.

Next tie a palomar knot. Then take the tag end of the line and thread it through the hook again. This will help it stand out 90 degrees from the line.

Add a drop shot style weight. (These will have a metal loop that is pinched flat)

Just pull the line up into the wire on the weight. No knot is needed here. That way the line and hook will come loose if the weight is snagged.

You can change the amount of line between the weight and the hook to raise or lower it of the bottom.

I like curly tails or tiny flukes but I'm sure alot of other things would as well.

Hope this helps

Hammer

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Just to add on to Bass Hammer:

1. Any bait will work!!!

2. I usually use a 1/4 to 3/8 oz. sinker

3.leader. Anywhere from 6 inches to 3 feet. depending on how high the grass etc. is./ I usaully use a 12 inch leader.

4. the presentation is meant to give the fish a struggling baitfish look right in their nose and not move the rig.    

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I typically cast (pitching will assist in reducing line twist) & retrieve my drop shot rigs due to extremely clear water here in the NW.  I work it almost like a T-rigged worm except I will let it lay much longer and just twitch the bait trying not to move the sinker.  I also have quit buying the drop shot sinkers and use bullet or bell sinkers.  If using a bullet sinker I peg it so I can adjust the height of the bait, this is also cheaper than drop shot sinkers & will not hang as much.  If I use a bell sinker I simply use a loose square knot.  Depending on how much movement I want dictates the weight size of the sinker.  I love the Zoom finesse worms for this application.

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I use Zoom Finesse Worms almost exclusively with this rig.  Different colors have produced more than other, such as the pumpking out performing Icicle.

I use just a regular split-shot.  They are fairly inexpensive, and work just as well as the drop-shot weights.

I normally leave just a span of 10 in. between the weight and the hook, and I fish it around rocks more than weeds.  

Of course, I have fished it up and channel ledge, and did well.  

;D  ;D

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To help keep your hooks in the proper position, I would recommend that you buy some StandOut hooks. They are designed for dropshotting and are great hooks. It is a great technique, I am just starting to use it and it will catch fish

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Go to tips & Tactics and search for drop shotting.  There are a few good articles for getting started...

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      The three way swivel rig is used because in some areas the drop shot is not allowed. I am not posotive but I remember reading that some where. I dont think that it would work as good with a leader attached to the hook and worm.   :-/

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