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River dropshotting questions

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I have a few questions about dropshotting, specifically in rivers, but let me preface the questions with this.  For as long as I've been fishing (~10 years), I've always fished visible structure, shorelines and shallow waters.  When the bass arent shallow and actively feeding, I haven't found any methods for regularly catching them in deeper water.  This year I've been putting more effort into becoming a better all-around fisherman, especially in being more versatile when the bite is off.

With that said, I've started trying to learn dropshotting.  The waters I normally fish are fairly rocky rivers with moderate to strong current, targeting mainly smallmouth.  One big problem I had was in keeping the sinker from getting snagged on the bottom rocks, and in telling the difference between the river bottom and a strike.  Any tips or things to keep in mind?  Or is dropshotting not a good choice for fishing in the current?  Any other things to try?

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If you constantly snag-use a lighter sinker, easy to change out size as needed with dropshot. As for telling the difference between a rock and a smallie, it just takes time on the water.

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