There we go! Come here you. The bubba shot strikes again. Come here. Look at that!
That's what we want boys and girls. That's what the bubba shot can do. I'm gonna show you how to catch fish like this on the bubba shot. What I'm gonna do, is show you the different rigs, different equipment you can use with this, and then I'm gonna take you on the water and show you how to fish the bubba shot.
Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com and today I want to talk to you about an unusual way if you will for fishing a drop shot. It's what I call a Bubba shot and maybe there are other people have coined that term, too. I'm not claiming fame to that, but that's what I'm calling it, Bubba shot. Basically it's heavy duty drop shot using a bait casting outfit and braided line, throwing it into heavy cover versus a finesse technique in open water that you would use, you know that is typical of a drop shot rig.
So what we’re doing today, I've got a quarter ounce weight, this is just a bullet weight, you don't need any specialty weight in this case, it's a bullet weight and all I've done is just tied it and put a knot at the end of line and I've pegged it with a rubber peg in here so you can slide it up and down you know if you want but it's on there really good. At any rate, you don't want that to move so that's how I've done it. There's a lot of other ways you can do it. I'm sure you can buy a specialty weight for it, but I'm all for simplicity.
So quarter ounce weight, you can use a three eighths ounce, even a half ounce weight if you want.
And I've got braided line. This is 50 pound braided line so it's stout. It's strong line so I'm using a strong hook on here. This is an extra wide gap, what they call a super line hook. It's a thick diameter hook, it's designed for this heavy line, heavy gear that we're going to be using today. And I've just got this you know on a Rage Structure Bug here. Perfect bait for this, perfect bait for this type of thing. All were going to be doing is throwing this into some heavy gear or heavy brush and cover where the fish are in, you want this a little bit up off the bottom so that helps them find it a little bit easier and they can hone in on that.
So we don't have a long leader here, about a 12 inch maybe a 14 inch leader on here. You want to adjust that length based upon where they are in the structure that you're fishing. If they're really high up on there, they you want to lot longer leader and of course if they're further, closer to the bottom shorten it up a little bit. But that's what we’re using today and because of that you know were using a real stout rod here. This is a medium heavy action, it's like a flipping stick, this is a 7’ 3” strong rod that I'd normally use for flipping and pitching, it's perfect for using. Anywhere you would pitch and flip or throw a jig or throw a Texas rig worm, that's where you would throw this. Okay it's a great outfit for that, but it's a different look, a different presentation that a lot of anglers don't use. So it gives the fish something new so you might be able to catch them where as other anglers don't.
So that's what we're doing today, that's the equipment we're using, now let's go out and fish it.
All right, so the Bubba shot, one the beauties of this is because it's such heavy duty stuff you can throw it in the weeds. And that's what I'm going to do here, but keep in mind anywhere you throw a Texas rig bait or a jig, you can also throw the Bubba shot. So flipping and pitching into a bush pile, shrubs, into weeds, trees, up in the shore line, any kind of cover, you can also throw the Bubba shot.
But here's what I'm going to show you that's a little bit different from those. I've got some weeds right here, some milfoil that's coming up just under the surface, it's about 10 to 15 fifteen feet of water. And what I'm going to do is I'm just going to pitch it out here in those weeds and let it drop right down in there and get to those fish that are hiding down in those weeds, just let it sit and once it hits the bottom I'm just going to lift up and I'm going to hold onto it. That's it, I'm just going to hold it steady and not move it.
Now it may seem like I'm not doing anything at all, but actually I am. Now if you take your hand and move it, hold it in front of your face, hold it as steady as you can for 30 seconds and you'll notice you can't hold it perfectly still. You're not a mannequin. So all those little movements that you're doing are being transmitted down the rod, down the line, right to the bait. Very subtle, subtle movements. In addition, any body of water has current in it. All of them do, even if it's a lake. There's still wind driven current, there's wake driven current, there's you know different things that can move that water, it's always moving, it's not stagnant. So that's going to move the bait as well. Plus you've got wind on the water, little ripples, they come up and they're lapping against your line and that's going to be transmitted to your bait as well. So all those things, that bait is wiggling down there, it's looking alive.
So I'm just holding it here as the fish move around those weeds and they're feeding, they're going to come across that and I'm just waiting for a bite. Now, you can do that forever or another thing I want to do, every once in a while is you just take the rod tip and you shake it, just a little bit, just like that, it's not much, real subtle movement and then let it sit. And that's it, just to get their attention in case they're you know out there searching for those baits, bait fish, you just give it a little jiggle and let it sit in that weed again. It's very straight forward and can be very boring.
But you know, this is something that you don't use to cover a lot of water. It's not a search bait, it's something to do once you've targeted the fish, in this case once we've determined that they’re in these weeds so here you've just got to dig them out, you've got to in after them, and you've got to be patient. The Bubba shot rig is all about patience so you're not going to be moving a whole heck of a lot. I'm gonna lift it up out of some of those weeds and drop it back down into another spot and start all over again.
Great way to dig fish out of cover especially when they're lethargic, you know cold front conditions, or when it's cold out, you know sudden temperature drops, something like that when the fish aren't actively feeding, it's the perfect way to go after them. And again, if you like fishing plastics, and flipping and pitching them, and jigs, that sort of thing, you can certainly do it this way too, give the fish a little bit different look, you might catch a lot of fish that other anglers are missing.
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