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sean0920

when to drop shot, when to jig

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i fish a highland reservoir with bluff walls, rock walls, some flats, and generally deep water.  i am a big fan of drop shotting and it has worked well for me, but i have taking a liking to jig fishing as well. i was wondering what makes you pick up one or another?

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Depends what part of the colum you are targetting.

Drop shotting for the most part puts it in there face on a constant basis an you relay on the moverment of the water to produce the action. the Bass swims by an notice the movent an strike it.

Jigs on the other hand are all the way at the bottom, you produce the movement as you "jig" the lure, with the rise an fall an depending on the skirt/ trailer you get the movement.

I read somewhere that if you put a jig on the bottom of your drop shot rig vice a weight, then you give them options an can target both colums at the same time.

hope this helps you any. an good luck, remember to post your results/findings so the rest of us can enjoy/learn.

memo

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mem043

looks like you are a marine.  i spent alot of time at quantico and everywhere else in the world as my father was a fighter pilot in the corps. he flew the F4 phantom for 20 years

that jig deal on the bottom of the dropshot sounds interesting!

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I liked the jig idea too, but I can't see it working with line choices...maybe if I did a DS with 10lb PP to a 6lb Yo-Zuri Hybrid leader.

Actually, that doesn't sound too bad.

As for jigs vs. DS, I would use a football jig if I was working a very rocky bottom, a heavy grass jig is there was tall (over 1') weeds on the bottom, either one if I wanted to get a feel for bottom structure, and definitely some kind of jig with a weedguard if there was a lot of timber on the bottom.

On the other hand, if there were sharp weedlines or weeds that weren't as high up as my hook, isolated rock piles, and especially drop-offs, or if I needed a more finesse presentation, I'd go for a DS.

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Posted by: sean0920

[td]mem043

looks like you are a marine.[/td]

I am I have been on active duty for 12 years.

memo

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if your going to put a jig under a dropshot, make sure its legal in your state fishing laws.  Some states only allow one hook on the line with the exception of lures w/ multiple hooks aka crankbaits.  It would be to ur advantage to put the jig under the dropshot so you can cover 2 parts of the water colum.

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