Try ‘dropshotting’ when bass ignore Texas rigs

Yanking big bass from Midwestern lakes that are full of weeds
can be a difficult task.

Most fishermen rely on standard Texas-rigged plastic worms for
that job and bass are growing wise to that presentation. Oh, the
Texas rig will still work, but when the going gets tough, it’s
often better to make a switch and try something that it isn’t used
as often. That’s a great idea, but just what’s left out there in
the bass fisherman’s bag of tricks?

There is another weedless presentation that catches bass it’s
called “drop shotting.”

This weedless option requires an angler to tie a standard
palomar knot, but instead of cinching it short, leave the tag end
set at a desired length. The base of the palomar knot will hold a
hook in the 1/0 to 3/0 size, with a finesse worm of choice. On the
long tag end, simply attach a weight, either a split shot or barrel
sinker, similar to those used in a three-way walleye rig. Use
whatever weight is needed to maintain constant contact with the
bottom.

This set-up keeps the lure in a designated spot, with the weight
anchored to the bottom. It allows an angler to vertically position
the lure better than any other plastic presentation, from Texas to
Carolina rigs. There is no guess work. Fishermen will know, for
certain, exactly where the bait is in relation with the bottom.

Ideally, look for heavy weedbeds that have scattered open
pockets. Cast the drop shot rig into the pocket and let it sit. If
a strike doesn’t occur, shake the rod, but don’t bring in the lure.
Shaking the rod will cause the plastic worm to vibrate without
moving it. The lure can stay in one spot for as long as the angler
wishes. Most bass won’t tolerate an intruder in “their” weed pocket
for long before attacking.

This presentation is meant to be slow at times, and fast on
occasion.

It works well, especially on heavily fished waters, because it’s
not of the common variety. For lures, use salt-impregnated models,
or something that offers some scent like a Berkley Power Worm they
seem to be the smelliest out there. Remember, this is a
presentation that is meant to entice bass to strike. A fish may sit
for a few minutes before it is tempted into biting. Scent can help
seal the deal.

Drop shotting is most often used around weeds, but this approach
also works on gravel or rock humps at a faster pace. For these
situations, leave the hook exposed for better hook-ups. Experiment
a little; try working it fast, with a stop-and-go retrieve. You can
cover a lot of water and saturate a given strike zone.

Although this is a very specific style of fishing, it’s only
bound by the imagination of the angler using it. Say, for instance,
a fisherman is fishing some weeds that grow to 12 inches above the
bottom. Tie the tag end exactly 12 inches, so the lure will hang
out just above the weeds in the strike zone. It allows you to leave
the lure right where it has to be to get bit.

Drop shotting is a presentation that will surely catch more
fish, whether it’s in tournament competition, or on a weekend trip
up north. Try it, and you’ll be hooked so will all those bass that
normally wouldn’t bite standard worming techniques.

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