The drop shot rig is easy to learn how to tie, simple to fish with, and extremely productive for catching many fish.
Also known as a 'down shot rig', it has become a very popular rigging technique for freshwater fishing.
The following are some tips about how cool the drop shot is, and a step by step rigging guide so that you can "drop it like it's hot".
First, tie your fishing line onto your hook, while leaving enough of your tag end left for a 12 to 24 inch leader for tying your sinker to. By the way, I'm using the palomar knot in this demonstration.
Then take the tag end back up over the top and insert it down through the eye hole of the hook. This will allow for the hook to stand straight out, as illustrated in the pictures.
Now that the tag end is through, you can now tie off your drop shot sinker as such.
As the photo to the left side shows, and as I have mentioned
above, I often prefer to use a mojo drop shot sinker when fishing in
shallow or deep rocky structures and along the shoreline of rip rap
Now you can rig your bait. A common and very effective way is by simply nose hooking the bait, leaving the hook point exposed.
This a Berkley 4" powerbait plastic power worm in the tequila sunrise color.
When fishing in open water, whether in deep or shallow environments without any snaggy types of structure, then you can use an exposed open hook presentation. The picture below shows a smoked black with silver and chrome flake colored grub, but you can use a variety of so many other types of soft plastic swimming style lures that you are confident in using.
If you are fishing around snaggy types of structure like lay downs, fallen trees, brush, through underwater grass or weed lines, and similar structures, then a weedless style rig would be best, such as the Texas Rig shown below.
Also, if you are drop shot fishing around a whole lot of rocky structure that may cause you to get hung up and snagged a lot, then you can use a pencil weight, like the mojo drop shot sinker, and slightly bend it. The bend helps to let the sinker slide over and through the tight rocks.
You can use your bare hands to bend the lead weights, otherwise, it may be much easier to use a couple pair of pliers to bend the weights made of tungsten. A slight 20 to 30 degree angle should be enough to accomplish the desired results.