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Title: drop shot
Post by: bjones on August 29, 2019, 08:58:17 AM
does anybody here fish a drop shot on the river? I'm not talking about casting into rapids, but rather into very slow moving pockets or holes.
bad idea? i ask because some of the baits for smallmouths are so small and thin, that drop shotting seems like the only feasible way to fish them. What do you folks think?
Title: Re: drop shot
Post by: DRY on August 29, 2019, 09:15:52 AM
I've never tried it but I would save the dropshot technique for the deeper water of lakes.

4-6 lb. test mono and a 7-8 foot fast/extra fast action rod has served me well for decades with 2 and 1/2 to 3 and 1/2 inch finesse baits mounted on 1/16 - 3/16 oz. jigs

Or nose hook the bait on a 1-1/0 bare hook with one or two split shot about 6-8 inches above the hook...fished live minnows this way when I was a kid.

Bill

Title: Re: drop shot
Post by: bjones on August 30, 2019, 06:25:49 AM
thanks, bill. good stuff!
Title: Re: drop shot
Post by: Squid Flathead on October 07, 2019, 09:01:01 AM
I like the drop shot in slight current.  If you are fishing a small minnow imitator, the nose hook drop shot will keep the minnow's nose facing the current, just like a minnow would be behaving... treading water.  And you can keep it up off the bottom obviously.  I think it works well in the right river situation but like Dry said, it's drop shot is probably best in deeper water when you're fishing more vertical.  Casting and retrieving the drop shot in current will get you stuck in really rocky spots.  Try and match your weight to the situation the best you can.  I like the little Gulp minnows on drop shot in the Susky.