Hi fellow AMFisHers! It’s a cool spring and the dropshot technique is a great presentation to target fish with this cool damp spring weather.
It’s a pretty simple rig, a hook dropshot weight and a soft plastic or live bait, that’s it!
Best part of this presentation is it almost works by itself! Very little action is needed and a few easy twitches can go a long way.
Experiment with the length of line between the sinker and hook, as the bait will need to remain above the fish you are targeting so they can see it.
8″ to 12″ is the norm BUT you can adjust it to be between 14″ to 20″ and even more if needed. This will all depend on what level of the water column the fish are hanging out in. Try a few different lengths and once you get a hit stick to that length until it stops working, then adjust again.
When it comes to sinkers there are many to choose from, simple tips here are use circular sinkers for sandy or dirt bottoms that are mainly flat, as they will hang up a lot easier due to their shape. Longer pencil/cylinder style sinkers are best for fast moving waters in rivers and in bottom structure with rocks, as they bounce off structure better and as less likely to get hung up.
When it comes to hooks a simple dropshot hook or circle hook will work best, as you nose hook the baits and don’t require a big hook. A size 2/0 or smaller is fine, just make sure it is sharp and very strong.
This is a great slow presentation with many uses when it comes to baits, hooks and ways to tweak it for larger species.
Give it a try you may just get hooked!
The AMFisH guy…