The Drop Shot Rig Is A Fun & Effective Rigging Method To 'Get Down' In The Water

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 provides some tips about how cool the drop shot is, proper tackle to use, a step by step rigging guide so that you can "drop it like it's hot", and alternate rigging methods to accommodate various fishing techniques.

Why Is The Drop Shot Rig So Effective?

Drop shots are especially effective for finicky types of pressured fish, and for those that remain suspended up off of the bottom of the water column. Drop shotting rigs are not only awesome in open water, but are also great for muddy and weedy brush and grass bottom structures. These rigs allow for the bait to be more visible to the fish, whereas some of the other types of fishing rigs can cause the bait to be hidden amongst the underwater brush.

Drop Shot Rigging Tackle

Drop shot rig, 4 inch powerbait soft plastic watermelon green worm.Basic Tackle For Rigging a Drop Shot

Lures And Baits For The Drop Shot

A nice aspect with a drop shot rig is that you can use a variety of soft plastic lures. My favorites are 4" to 5" worms, grubs, flukes, and shad or minnow replicas. I also have much success with plastic crawdads and brush hogs. Live baits are always also excellent to entice many strikes, which can include nightcrawlers, leeches and bait fish.

Drop Shot Hooks And Sinkers

Smaller sized open bend hooks are most often preferred to use. You may find that there are a variety of sinkers that are manufactured specifically for drop shotting. I like to use the egg drop styles, but I much more prefer to use the mojo pencil weight. The mojo sinker allows for me to bring it through rocky structure without getting hung up and broken off.

Drop Shot Rig Instructions

drop shot rig, tie fishing line to the hook

Step 1:

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.

drop shot rig, run tag end through eye of hook straight down

Step 2:

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.

Drop shot rig, tie line to mojo sinker weight.

Step 3:

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 areas.

Step 4:

Now you can rig your bait. A common and very effective way is by simply nose hooking the bait, leaving the hook point exposed.

drop shot rig, nose hook tequilla sunrise color 4 inch powerbait soft plastic wormBerkley 4" Powerbait Power Worm in the Tequila Sunrise color.

Options Of Rigging The Drop Shot

And aside from your choice of hooks and sinker styles, there are a couple different ways for hooking your bait.

When fishing in open water, you can simply run the hook onto the nose of the bait and leaving the hook exposed.

If you're around brush and other snaggy types of structure, then rigging it up like the weedless style Texas rig will be the best call to action.

Both of these productive tactics are expressed in more detail below.

Drop Shot Rig Tips And Alternative Rigging

Aside from the standard rigging method, you can also use other variations for the drop shot...

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.

drop shot rig, black smoke grub with chrome silver flake.Black smoke grub with chrome silver flake.

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.

drop shot rig, weedless texas style rigged, smoke black grubBlack Grub Rigged Weedless with a Drop Shot Mojo Pencil Weight

Also, if you're 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.

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