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I'm gearing up for the 2009 bass season and just have a few questions that I'm hoping you all could help me with. When using the drop shot what is the best type of rod and reel to use. I heard that it is best to use a spinning outfit. Why is this? Personally I would rather use a bait casting outfit. Would I be successful with this? If I do use this what would be a good action rod to use? Thanks!

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Personally i like a spinning outfit when drop shotting. Mainly because smaller diameter line and more control and feel of what the plastic is doing. I think a fast action rod helps on subtle and quick hits in deeper water. I'm sure there are some that use a bait cast setup for drop shotting. Just use whatever your comfortable with.A Pixie is a small low profile bait caster that you might want to check out. JMHO

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Spinning rods are prefered because it's a rather light rig. It's also a finesse technique which are often worked on spinning rods.

I'm with you, I rather fish it on a baitcasting outfit but I do use a spinning rod. There's just something about it that makes it feel better.

A medium to medium/heavy will do with 6-10 lb. line.

This technique can be great in waters where the bass see all kinds of lures and has been great for me for smallmouths and in ponds for largemouths.  

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The main reason I use i spinning rod is one that i bet not many think about.

Line pay out. I like dropshotting steep structure. When my bait goes off an edge and starts falling, i want it to fall STRAIGHT down, not pendulum away from the structure. Flicking open a bail and letting the line out appears to accomplish this much better than your bait trying to get the spool turning.  A lot of the time I find fish that are the the bottom of the ledge, tight to the wall, if your bait pendulums 2 or 3 feet after clearing the edge, you've missed your chance

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I use a spinning rod for all the reasons mentioned above.  However I am trying out using a heavier baitcasting setup this coming year after reading a lot of interesting articles about it.  

Basically it is nothing more then flipping or pitching in shallower water with braid or a minimum of 17 lb mono to holes in weedbeds or other cover to get the bait presented up off the bottom.  From what I have read a craw seems to be the best bait, I am sure a t-rigged soft stick bait or worm would work as well.

Going to try this method in Florida in about a month just to see if showing the fish a bait presented in a different way might work.

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