Drop Shot Rig: How to Tie It

The drop shot rig has become one of the most preferred rig options for bass fishing. This is because drop shot rigs are suitable for use in both deep and shallow waters with incredible results in both.

If you are considering drop shot rigs, you may have a few questions on how to use them, how to tie them, how they work, and how to make the most use out of them. Using them is a no-brainer, but beginners may have challenges setting them up for use.

In this article, you will learn how to tie a drop shot rig. You will also understand all the components you need for the setup and how each component contributes to the overall function.

Key Takeaways

  • A drop shot rig is one of the best rig options for bass fishing, thanks to its intricate design that works for different types and depths of water.
  • A drop shot rig consists of a drop shot hook, weight, and a soft lure.
  • The success of using a drop shot rig depends on the technique of use, the security of attachments, and ultimately, the choice of tackle.

What Is a Drop Shot Rig?

A drop shot rig is a type of rig that is best suited for bass fishing, working incredibly well in deep, shallow, fresh, or salty water. The rig is a line attached to a hook connecting to a trailing leader weighing its end [1].

The design allows the hook and the bait to sit above the weight. This design makes the rig the only one in line with drop shooting or dropshots fishing; actual fishing techniques. The weight underneath helps the bait to reach the bottom, where most of the fish are.

A drop shot rig is pretty easy to use, and all you need to do is shake the line to attract fish. And, having the weight settling it deeper below, you are at a better chance of catching fish than when using other types of rigs.

How To Tie The Drop Shot Rig

The process of tying the drop shot rig is simple; however, it can be challenging for complete beginners. First, there are several things you need to ensure a functional rig once set up.

Essential Tackle

You need to select several things essential for tying a drop shot rig. These are:

  • A drop shot hook
  • Drop shot weight
  • Soft plastic lure

Step By Step Procedure of Tying a Drop Shot Rig

The goal is to achieve a suspended bait look for successful use of a drop shot rig. Here are the steps you need to follow to ensure the best setup [2].

1. Drop Shot Hook- Main Line Attachment

Start by attaching the drop shot hook to your main line using a Palomar Knot. Ensure the hook point is facing upward for the best attachment. Also, make sure you leave a tag end, approximately 18 inches in length. This will come in handy to attach the weight.

The length of the tag end line will determine how high the lure will set off the bottom. That said, a shorter one will limit your chances of success, while a longer one will increase the probability of this working well.

2. Threading The Tag End

Once you have a secure attachment of the hook and line, thread the tag end back through the eye of the hook. This design will allow the hook point to face upward.

3. Attaching The Drop Shot Weight

Attach the weight by threading our tag end through the eyelet. Pull toward the pinched top to secure. The eyelet should rub enough, create friction and hold the weight in place.

Some weights do not come with a friction pull eyelet, but they can still work well in this situation. You just need to attach the weight to the tag end using an overhand knot.

4. Threading The Lure Onto The Hook

Thread the soft plastic lure onto the hook following the nose hooking method. This method requires you to push the hook in from the bottom side, pull up through the top, and rotate it to ensure the eye and the lure are in a straight line.

While doing this, make sure the hook point is barely showing out of the front of the bait. That way, the bait is well secured yet in the perfect position for successful use.

Drop Shot Tips For Functionality

A lot goes into ensuring your drop shot rig works as expected. That is in the selection of tackle as well as the technique you use. Below are helpful tips to ensure easy setup and functionality of your drop shot rig.

Selecting The Line

Your drop shot line needs to balance between sensitivity and subtlety. The best line should be strong yet sensitive to ensure shock absorption while maintaining visibility while in use.

Selecting The Hook

The best hooks for drop shot rigs are those in size 1-1/0. They are easy to use and ensure a secure attachment.

Selecting The Soft Bait

Find realistic soft baits to increase your chances of catching something with your drop shot rig. There are different types of these on the market that you can choose from. The idea is to have different ones in various sizes to test out what works best for the type of waters.

Selecting The Weight

When setting up your drop shot rig, use the lightest weight possible. You can start with 3/16 ounce ones to test how they work, then gradually increase, keeping the maximum at ¼ ounce.

Cylinder weights seem to perform well, especially if you get the no-tie options. However, these could fail if not knotted well; therefore, ensure you secure them in place before use.

The Technique

Even with a correct setup, the technique you use with your drop shot rig can make all the difference. Ensure you twitch the rod tip as you gently swing the soft bait to mimic the natural action underwater.

Also, a touch of slack helps since the idea is to leave the weight where it is set. You want to keep the weight on the bottom for the best chances.

The Bottom Line

A drop shot rig is an ideal choice for bass fishing; however, a little mishap in how you tie and use it could cost you its functionality. The tips above can come in handy when selecting the correct tackle for your drop shot rig, ensuring you tie it correctly for the best results.

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