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Technique: Drop Shotting Big Soft Baits

Originating in Japan, this soft bait bottom fishing technique first arrived in the United States on the West Coast, and made quite a splash in the largemouth bass scene. While “Drop Shotting” is popular in many freshwater bass fishing scenarios, it is largely under-utilized in salt water.

What is a Dropshot Rig?

In a nutshell, you could say a drop shot rig is a terminal tackle configuration used in bottom fishing (typically with soft plastic baits) where the hook is tied (in-line) above a sinker. Why is this important? Basically, by tying the hook directly “in-line,” any movement in the line will transfer directly to the soft bait.

Natural Drifting

Assuming you’re in a drifting situation, each time the sinker skips over the bottom and consequently any structure, the vibration in the line will transfer upward all the way to the rod, which you feel in your hands. Each time you feel the bump… bump.. bump… as the sinker ticks along the bottom, the soft bait will literally quiver due to the movement in the line.

Rod Action

As an angler, you can impart similar motion in the bait by adding your own rod action. By adding short twitches with the rod your bait will dance.

The major point to take away here is how important it is to have that hook attached “in-line” to the leader. Any time anything alters it’s path in the water, your soft bait will move too, as opposed to using a dropper loop or a three-way rig, where the line could move up and down and have no effect on the bait. The slack in the loop or the leader portion of a three-way may dampen some of the movement – or even disguise a hit. Not a desired effect.

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