Most individuals imagine that the drop-shot rig is just for finesse fishing, however there’s a couple of strategy to pores and skin a cat! (or Fish), because the case could also be. The brand new Energy Drop-Shot fashion began by Kotaro Kiriyama, is quick changing into the way in which to larger and higher baggage on lots of the match trails.
Drop-shot rigs encompass a hook tied above a sinker that’s positioned on the finish of the road in order that the lure suspends off the underside. Standard deal with consists of sunshine motion spinning gear and 4-Eight pound line, and the tactic is normally deployed vertically in deep water.
Kiriyama says “Drop-Shotting is about presenting a smooth plastic lure in a fashion that’s completely different from Texas rigging or Carolina rigging.” When situations enable, Kiriyama, (who logged 10 Prime 10 finishes in his first 37 occasions on tour), says “You might get extra bites with lighter line and smaller baits, however when there’s heavier cowl, an influence model is required.
It is a method we’ve employed with success all final 12 months, and now we’re going to share it with you right here within the Northeast. This method works nice in all of the lakes, rivers, and impoundment’s right here within the Northeast. It’s a good way to place collectively an actual high quality stringer.
The drop shot’s configuration with the load beneath the lure, makes it best for pitching into heavy cowl. The explanation, is that the sinker goes by way of cowl higher and falls proper to the underside.
You may fish quicker and canopy extra water! We fish it similar to different anglers fish a Texas rig, however like Kiriyama, we imagine it’s more practical! It is a nice tactic for locations just like the Potomac River or Lakes comparable to Kerr or Gaston, the place the fish are extremely pressured and are used to seeing anglers flip Texas rigs and Carolina rigs. This offers the extremely pressured fish a totally completely different look. The rig has another benefits additionally. There may be much less line put on on the hook knot as a result of the sinker is not beating in opposition to it, and the hook is not dragging the underside the place the road and knot may be broken. You too can detect the bites loads simpler, as a result of the feeling goes by way of the road with out passing by way of a sinker that deadens the sensitivity. In decrease Delaware we’ve a Bald Cypress swamp in one of many lakes, and there are additionally related areas within the Nanticoke River. Most anglers flip these bushes with Texas rigged worms within the Four inch measurement or with a small lizard within the spring. We like the facility drop shot rig in these areas the perfect. It attracts bass which might be mendacity close to the underside or are suspended in cowl down on the roots.
You may fish this rig both horizontally or vertically. Within the heavy currents within the Sassafras River on the Higher Chesapeake Bay, we drag it from the calm water into the quicker shifting present, and catch largemouth holding close to the sides ready for a simple meal. You too can use this rig efficiently in deep cowl. It will work properly within the standing timber in Desk Rock Lake when fished on a Fluorocarbon line in 10-16 pound check. We’ve got used 30 pound check when the fish have been aggressive, and gone right down to 10 pound when the chunk is harder. It is a clear to stained water method although, and works a lot better in these situations. There are areas right here within the Northeast which have extraordinarily clear water at instances, and it excels in these areas. We use this round deep factors additionally with nice success. Waters comparable to Spruce Run and Greenwood in New Jersey and New York are nice areas to make use of the Energy Drop shot. We use it anyplace you’d usually use a Carolina or Texas rig.
After we flip the Energy Drop shot rig we use 6 and 6 half of inch Yamamoto Lower Tail worms. We’ve got tried quite a lot of different baits with this rig, however the straight tail and Lower-Tail worms have produced the perfect outcomes. When you’re flipping it in pretty gentle cowl, you’ll be able to go together with a lighter sinker of 1/16 of an oz, and because the cowl will get thicker, we go as excessive as 3/Eight of an oz. For the reason that begin of 2003, we’ve been utilizing nothing however the Tungsten weights for all our baits. We imagine that is particularly essential with the Energy Drop Shot additionally, because the Tungsten is heavier than lead, permitting for a smaller profile, which penetrates the quilt higher, and permits for a greater really feel of the underside.
We typically rig the baits with a 2/zero to a 3/zero Gamakatsu or X-Level hook, however we are going to go as excessive as a 5/zero on among the greater worms at instances. The overall rule when utilizing this rig for flipping is easy; The gap between the hook and the load, is not more than 3-6 inches longer than the bait itself.
The rig is easy to make use of, no fancy methods are wanted. Simply drop the bait round cowl and let it sit. No different motion is important due to the way in which the bait suspends off the road. The pure present of the water imparts all of the motion you want. We use this on bedding bass additionally, since we’ve no closed season right here in Delaware through the tournaments. The method is rather like some other sort of flipping we do. We drop it in close to the quilt, let it sit a couple of seconds if the bass are being finicky, after which raise it up and pitch it to the subsequent goal.
Attempt Energy Drop Shotting this 12 months in your native waters when everybody else is throwing a Texas or Carolina rig, and you’ll get a giant shock!