|Improve Your Drop Shot Fishing|
What exactly is drop shotting you ask? In a nutshell, drop shotting is a finesse lure fishing tactic, whereby a soft plastic imitation bait is suspended just above the bottom, with a weight attached to the end of the line about 18 inches below the bait. This simple set-up allows you to bump, hop or crawl the weight along the bed using a small through-actioned rod, and this in turn works the lip hooked soft plastic bait so that it imitates prey that’s just asking to be eaten by a hungry perch.
|Stillwater 50pc Drop Shot Kit|
|Savage Gear Drop Shot 22pc Pro Pack|
The amount of tackle needed to begin drop shotting really is minimal and affordable. There are several rods that would ensure a good day at the office when drop shotting.
There are some fantastic drop shot rods on the market, but a number of light lure or spinning rods between 6ft 6in and 8ft in length will also do the job. The basic requirement is a light rod with a sensitive tip, but one that also boasts a fair bit of power in reserve for setting the hook. The added power also enables you to bully fish a little more, helping to tire them out quicker. Using a rod with a stiff backbone also enables the same rod to be used for a number of other tactics, such as jigging. The rod should be matched with a small front drag fixed spool reel, loaded with a thin braid.
|Stillwater Rokshot Drop Shot Rod|
|Wychwood Agitator Drop Shot Rod|
|Savage Gear HD4 Adrenaline V2 Braid|
Most of the time anglers use a drop shot rig to cover areas that they’ve already searched with other lures such as jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. When it comes to drop shot lures, Savage Gear is one of the market leaders.
The way to fish the drop shot is to cast out and let the weight hit the bottom while holding the rod tip up at an angle. Then, moving your wrist, twitch the rod tip by just two to three inches at a time, working the bait slowly back towards yourself, making the smallest movements on the rod tip to make the soft bait twitch and undulate just like a dying or injured prey fish.
|Savage Gear Dying Minnow Drop Shot Pro Kit|
|Stillwater Rokshot RS Front Drag Reel|
|Grandeslam Blade Drop Shotting Reel|
However, it’s important to remember when specifically target Pike, this requires the use of wire in your rig. The goal is to recreate the same rig set-up of hook sitting at a 90 degree angle, leader and weight, but replacing the usual fluorocarbon with wire. One way to do this is to use a snapper drop shot hook attached to knottable wire.
|Snapper Drop Shot Hooks|
|Stillwater Drop Shot Weights|
Another possible example is again to use wire attached to your mainline, but position a drop shot hook with a bead and crimp at either side. Position your hook on the wire at the desired length from the weight.
|Using Crimps & Beads|
On its day, drop shotting can be an unbeatable method for catching perch, so why not give it a try? Be warned, it can be highly addictive!
If you are planning on drop shotting for Perch and the like, don't forget that we have a massive selection of coarse fishing tackle at fishingmegastore.com
If you would like more information regarding drop shotting then feel free to call and speak to one of our expert staff on 0141 212 8880.
And if you fish in the East Coast, don't forget you can shop for all your essentials at Edinburgh Angling Centre.
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