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domenica 30 ottobre 2016

Drop Shot Rig Guide (ENG)

The Drop Shot Rig is a "finesse" technique that is very popular among bass fishermen, but is applicable to other situations and to different types of fish.

The biggest difference between the Dropshot Rig and the other rigs, is that the hook is not positioned at the end of the line, but in an intermediate position.

This is a vertical technique, in which the bait is suspending in the water and in which you must not retrieve the line, but barely move the bait with small wrist movements. So there is no need to throw the softbait far away, but you can simply drop the bait vertically and wait for the bite. It's definitely one of the most static techniques, but it can be very profitable because it's a very natural and light presentation.

So the most important feature is that the bait will stay in the "strike zone" as long as you want, and this is a big difference from the other techniques, which need a line retrieve to keep the bait suspended.

Here's a sample pic of the rig


The best rods for this technique are 3/8oz. extra fast spinning rods, 7' long, combined with a 2500-2506 reel. You can even choose a smaller reel (2000-2004 size), but a larger spool will help you with preventing line twists.

This rig consists of 4 components, which will be discussed in detail:

_Line: for bass fishing we need a 6-10lb. fluorocarbon line, while for trouts, speaking about pond or small stream fishing, you need a very thin line (4-6lb.). Regarding sea fishing you can choose the line in relation to the type of fish you are looking for: 4-6lb  if you are using this rig in the Light RockFishing field, but if you are fishing in areas frequented by larger fish, or with larger baits I prefer to use a PE0.8 braided line with a 10lb. fluorocarbon leader. The use of braided line is very useful for sea fishing or in all those places with an important backdrop, because it helps to have greater contact with the bait and even with line twists that are very annoying with this technique.

_Hook: there are specific hooks for Drop Shot (the one pictured above is an example) that are suitable to nose-hook the softbait. The bait should be placed on the hook in this way because the aim of this tecnique is to make the bait moving at 100% of its potential, without constraints or points where it is held. Some people use normal offset hooks for the DropShot Rig, but in my opinion with a Texas Rigged bait the movements of the bait itself will not be so free as in the nose-hooking case. The hook in any case must be tied directly to the fishing line, and the best knot in my opinion is the Palomar Knot, making attention to let some extra line to fix the weight and to have the hook with the point facing upwards. It is also important, once finished the knot, to pass the excess line again in the eyelet of the hook, from up to down, in order to have the line more "straight" and the hook in the best position. The distance between the hook and the weight depends on where we want the bait to station, (very close to the bottom or a little more detached). In any case it is recommendable not to increase too much the distance hook-weight.

There is another type of dropshot hook, with a built-in swivel in order to eliminate line twists, but in my opinion, with one more knot, this solution weakens the entire rig.

_Softbait: almost all softbaits can be used with the DropShot Rig, but of course there are some of them that are more suitable: finesse worms, small soft stickbaits, tiny craws and shadtail worms. We have said that the main feature of the technique is to ensure the bait 100% of its potential movement, then obviously the best solution will be the choice of straight baits, with sinuous movements, which don't need a retrieve to be "activated", so straight bait with long, thin, worm-like shape.
I would not go beyond a certain size of bait, because the bait is just nose-hooked, so the risk is not to hook a lot of fish, especially speaking about fish with a not so big mouth. So I guess the perfect bait size for Dropshot is from 2.5 "to 4".
If the bait is floating it's even better, because it makes it even more natural.

There are three different possibilities for Drop Shot bait hooking: nose-hooking, wacky style hooking (it's a sort of fusion between Drop Shot and Wacky Rig, in fact it consists simply in wacky rigging the bait using a Drop Shot Rig) and texas style hooking (the use of offset hooks is in my opinion not the best choice because it gives the bait a less natural movement).

_Weight: there are even in this case specific Dropshot weights, which have the particularity to have a metal clip, that helps tp block the line without making knots. The line is simply stuck, and if the weight is caught between two rocks, you will only loose the weight and avoid losing also hook and bait. These weights have different shapes (ball, tear, cylinder), depending on which sinking speed we want, and which laying on the bottom we prefer, but they are not so important details. You can of course use nonspecific weights, making normal knots on the eyelet, or split sinkers fixed at the end of the line. The  amount of the weight depends on the fishing context: current and depth are certainly the most important parameters for this choice; but usually Drop Shot weights are between 1/8 ounce and 1/4 ounce, up to 3/8 only in particular situations.


Now I will explain the differences among all the variations:

_ Down Shot: under this name we have the "lightest" side of the technique, with light lead weights, very small standard hooks (from #2 to #10) and nose hooked baits with the point of the hook not hidden.

_ Drop Shot: it's "Drop Shot" when we use a small offset hook with the point hidden inside the body of the bait; but it's usual to use this term in a generic waym including both Drop Shot and Down Shot.

_ Under Shot: it's a synonym for Drop Shot

_ Double Shot: it consists in replacing the lead weight with a jig head or with a small bucktail jig in order to double the strike possibilities,  but I think it's a kind og forcing.

Thanks for attention!

Marco


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