Drop Shot Rig Set Up
After you have set up the rod and reel, pull about
4 or 5 foot of main
line through the rod for the rig. The hook now needs to be tied,
preferably at a right angle to the line and pointing upwards. If
you have a knot you prefer to use that's fine. A lot of anglers like
to use the easy to tie Palomar knot as it helps ensure the hook will
point upwards and at an angle.
Taking the main line double it over. Push the doubled over
end through the eye of your chosen hook. Tie a loose overhand knot
using this line and pass the end through the loop this makes and
slide the loop up above the eye of the hook. Moisten the line to
lessen the friction and pull on both lengths of the line to tighten the knot.
When tightened, pass the tag end line back through the eye of the
hook from the top to keep it all in line.
Next we attach the weight. As I have said, any fishing weight can be
used but for drop shotting for perch and other fish the special drop
shot weight with the built in swivel
and line clip is the perfect choice and makes altering the depth
you want to fish hassle free and a lot easier..
The actual weight of the weight will depend on the depth of the water you
are fishing, how far you will be casting and the breaking strain of
the fishing line you are using. The tackle used in drop shot fishing
is light and therefore try to use the lightest weight you can get
away with. Weights vary in size from mere grams to an ounce. A good
starting point is a half ounce.
To attach the weight pass the tag line through the line clip at the
end of the weight, Move the weight up the line to the depth you will
be fishing. (2 or 3 feet below the hook is a good starting point),
double the line back on itself and taking hold of both parts pull
tightly into the end of the clip to trap it. see diagram below. No
need to trim off the excess line as this may be needed to alter the depth
at a later stage.
Fishing The Drop Shot
Presuming you have been fishing before, you know how to cast. Everything
is set up with a lure or bait on the hook so lets try and catch a fish.
Cast your rig to a likely fish holding spot - this
could be under an overhanging tree, next to reeds, along the side of
a boat or the walls near canal lock gates. Let the weight fall through the
water so that it comes to rest on the bottom. Now slowly reel in
while lifting or jiggling the tip of the rod up and down
approximately 6 inches. Keep doing this, while trying to keep the
weight on the lake or river bed. When you have completely reeled in
your rig, if you had no takes, try again, this time varying the speed of the
rod jiggling and turning of the reel. Try reeling in your rig
dragging the weight across the bottom without the jiggling. What you are trying to do is
make the bait dance off the bottom enticingly while the weight stays on the
Keep casting to different areas and covering all the
water while trying different lures or baits should hopefully result
in catching fish.
Video's of Drop Shot Fishing
Sometimes watching how something is done is easier than
reading about it. Here you can watch a drop shotting video.
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Article and images by Jim Boswell