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Tube and Dropshot tech?

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I use something up here I call the double whammy,lol. I am sure you all have used it as well but, maybe some have not. I do not like to dropshot but, some of our lakes in Western Maryland are gin clear and call for this technique at times. Instead of using just a weight I put on a gitzit on the sinker end, usually a leadhead or if it is grassy I will T-rig it. This has worked well for me especially for clear water lake smallies. Ever tried it?

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I've been experiementing with the "Bubba Drop Shot" (jig for a weight) for the last couple months. I like it so far.

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I also recently talked with a guy who is using a jig as sort of a C-rig presetation with a lizard or brush hog as a follower lure and has been having good luck.  He said most of his bites come on the jig.

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This is something I have done for a while. Why use one bait when you can use two! I usually put either a jig or a tube as the drop-shot "weight" and use a panic minnow up the line. This has worked very well for me.  ;D

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Now that you've pointed this technique out, it seems so obvious.  Why didn't I think it up on my own?  Too busy following protocol I guess!  :D

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I frequently fish with a drop shot and also frequently with a tube. I love both techniques for deeper structure. I tried the 2 bait technique, tube on the bottom, and did not like it. I just don't get the feel of the bottom with a tube on the end as opposed to a drop shot weight. The whole rig just felt too mushy to me.

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I also use both techniques a lot (separately), and I've tried putting them together but didn't like it. When I fish a tube I use a pretty hard hookset, but for a dropshot I just lift and reel. With both on the line you can't tell which is getting bit so you don't really know how to set the hook. Also I found the that a tube hangs up way more than a plain sinker, and they're more of a pain to tie on.

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I like the concept of the drop shot for the fact that when you get hung up they seperate themselves much easier than say a jig, tube,bell sinker,etc. that has been tied on, and are easily and more economically replaced. ::)

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I use the owner Mosgito hook on top and hooks set hard with no problem. I lossed a tourney by hooking 2 smallies about 4 lbs and had it happen several times fun fishing. I even tired 14 lb on a baitcaster they still broke the line so no more of that crap.

Garnet

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Garnett--- Two four pound smallies at the same time would give you a problem,lol. Not a bad problem to have though. Evidently you were on the them,lol.

Earthworm 77--- I trust the Palomar knot but, that is a good question. Really you have a Palomar with a long tag, right? I have to think about that. I wish I could get a few of those double fours so I could check this scenario out more,lol.

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Palomar on FC is a lost fish waiting to happen. I have gone to the improved "clinche" or "cinch" for just about everything I throw. On a drop shot you have a nice big knot to pull through the hook eye so that the hook stands out really good with this knot. The california is also a good knot for light FC, but it takes about a year to tie and about 2 to figure out how to tie. I lost 3 keepers on the hookset in the span of about 10 min during 1 tourney this spring thanks to the good ol' 100% knot strength palomar. It doesnt seem to be a problem with mono, but there is somethin' about overlappin' a certain loop or somthin' with the palomar that will make it snap or get pinched and break with FC. And not to derail the thread, i have used the jigin' drop shot for a couple of years now, and it seems to be real effective for post spawners, but havent had much luck otherwise.

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I have never had a problem with the palomar as of yet. I have never used a cinch knot either. I think I will look into this more. I just started with the  dropshot a couple of years ago and do not use it very oftern but, it has worked well for me in gin clear water. I usually run my loop through the eye twice when I tie my hook on my DS rig using a palomar and let about a 8" tag end. Thanks, I will check it out.

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I've been using this technique for many years.  Works pretty good.  I've even doubled a few times.  I've never had a line break at the knot - but standard practices apply (check your line often, use sharp hooks, set your drag properly, have a rod with a lot of give, etc).

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Saw a feature on Bass Univ a while back in which Aaron Martins uses a Uni-Knot for drop shot hooks.  Ties the Uni with doubled line that was passed through the hook eye, then passes the tag in down through the top of the hook eye to keep it upright.  I tried it and seems to work, at least have not had the knot break and the hook stays upright properly.  Biggest problem is getting the doubled line through the hook eye on smaller #1 & #2 hooks I use for drop shotting.

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