Drop Shot Rigging Methods

Drop Shot Rigging Methods

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A drop shot rig is one of the most versatile techniques for bass fishing. Most anglers will fish a drop shot only one way, missing out on many variations that can be killer for certain situations. A drop shot rig is fully customizable – you can swap out hooks, weights, line and baits for thousands of different combinations that other rigs fail to accomplish.

Here are a few awesome ways to rig a drop shot. The possibilities are endless!

THE “STANDARD” DROP SHOT RIG

I call this “standard” because it’s probably the most common method anglers use when fishing a drop shot. You can either hook your drop shot worm on the tip of the nose or “wacky rig” it by piercing it once through the center. I personally prefer the wacky rig as it makes the worm fall slower and gives better action on the twitch.

SETTING UP A STANDARD DROP SHOT RIG

  • 6-10lb Monofilament/Fluorocarbon Line
  • ⅛ – ¼  oz. Thin Drop Shot Weights
  • Size 2 Owner Mosquito Hooks/Gamakatsu Split Shot/Drop Shot Hooks
  • Any 4-6” soft plastic worm of your choice (4-6” is just my own preference)

HEAVY COVER DROP SHOT (AKA THE “BUBBA SHOT”)

When you’re targeting heavy cover, structure and grass beds, it’s time to break out the “Bubba Shot.” This beefed-up version of your standard drop shot rig is extremely versatile and most importantly, weedless.

SETTING UP A HEAVY COVER DROP SHOT

  • 10-17lb Fluorocarbon Line
  • Size 3/0 Gamakatsu Offset EWG Hooks
  • ⅜ – ½ oz. Thin Drop Shot Weight
  • Bigger soft plastics (worm, craw, creature baits, etc.)

FISHING THE HEAVY COVER DROP SHOT

With the heavier line and beefy hook, you can throw the Bubba Shot just like you would a normal Texas rig. Flip it around vegetation and timber, work it in between rocks, the choices are up to you. It lets you fish your favorite creature bait in a more finesse way while giving it a completely different action at the same time.

WEEDLESS DROP SHOT (FINESSE)

If you need to fish weedless without using heavy hardware it’s definitely possible. The weedless drop shot is simply a more finesse version of the Bubba Shot, allowing you to weave in and out of cover without sacrificing line or hook size.

SETTING UP THE WEEDLESS DROP SHOT

  • 6-10lb Monofilament/Fluorocarbon Line
  • ⅛ – ¼ oz. Thin Drop Shot Weights
  • Size 2-1/0 Roboworm Rebarb Hooks
  • Any 4-6” soft plastic worm of your choice (4-6” is just my own preference)
    • Zoom Trick Worm
    • Roboworm Straight Tail Worm

SWIVEL SHOT RIG

The swivel shot rig is based upon a newly-designed drop shot hook. This hook has a swivel both above and below the hook eye, allowing it to spin freely and ultimately avoid the nasty line twist you usually get with drop shot rigs. The setup is fairly simple, all that’s different is the hook itself.

SETTING UP THE SWIVEL SHOT RIG

  • Gamakatsu Swivel Shot Hook OR VMC Spinshot Hook
  • 6-10lb Monofilament/Fluorocarbon Line
  • ⅛ – ¼ oz. Thin Drop Shot Weights
  • Any soft plastic worm

DROP SHOT SWIMBAIT RIG

For those of you who want to drop shot with soft plastic swimbaits, this one’s for you. With swimbaits, grubs and other moving plastics you get more action out of your baits and also have the option to constantly move your rig as opposed to letting it sit with a worm.

SETTING UP THE DROP SHOT SWIMBAIT RIG

  • 6-10lb Monofilament/Fluorocarbon Line
  • ¼ – ⅜ oz. Thin Drop Shot Weights
  • Nose Hooking: Size 1-1/0 Owner Mosquito Hook
  • Weedless: Size 1-3/0 Gamakatsu Offset EWG Hook
  • Soft Plastic Swimbaits

FISHING THE DROP SHOT SWIMBAIT RIG

If you want a dying baitfish action, work the swimbait like you would a regular drop shot rig. Throw in a few twitches with pauses in between and your bait will dance around and “die” for a few seconds, looking very realistic. With swimbaits you can also slow retrieve for a typical swimbait action, but the drop shot weight keeps you just off the bottom at an exact depth so your retrieve is more accurate. Plus you can kill the retrieve at any time and once again mimic a dying baitfish. The choice is up to you!

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