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I'm sure there's plenty of threads about this but I spent a while and said screw it I'm posting!

Anyways, I had fair luck DSing today when my fav Trig bite just seemed to stop. Here's how I do it: 6ft fast tip and medium power St.Croix with 6 LB Fluoroclear main line to #8 swivel, and about 3 ft 10 lb fluoroclear leader with DS hook about equidistant between swivel and sinker. I was mainly using 4.5 in Roboworms in the Shad hologram color fishing stained water with about 2 ft visibility. I just shook a bunch, reel a bit of slack and repeat. Kept line out for about a minute each cast. That's my method and I landed about 6 or so in a few hours this morning, 2 were over a pound.

What can I do to improve presentation and how do you guys work it? Do you have luck throwing larger worms like 7"? I'm hesitant figuring I won't hook up unless they eat the whole thing, or at least the nose. What other baits do you have success with? What other retrievels work other than sitting and shaking?

Thanks for any replies!
 

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i personally like the bigger worms when dropshotting. i cought a stupid ass like 3 inch bluegill the other day dropshotting a 7 inch robo.
 

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I use a steez 6foot3 med heavy with steez baitercaster 8 lb pline. 2o hook 6 inch fat head robos. 5-30 feet dead sticking, light shake, heavy shake just depends on what the fish react to. I use 1/4 ounce kanji tungstens about 8 inches below the hook. Hope this helps. Favorite colors are ehlers edge, martens madness, kohler craw, hook up special, hites delight.

hook up has all these colors online. www.thehookuptakcle.com

hope this helps dude.
 

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also don't be afraid to power up your drop shot go deep with heavier line 10 inch worms bigger hooks. Just an idea. I have thrown some big drop shot rig set ups at rosey in the trees and it has worked well too. remember you don't have to go ultra light on your drop shot set up. Just be confident in the way you fish it with your favorite color.
 

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Mikerizzle9,
Have you always used a swivel when dropshotting?
Does the swivel help minimize your line twisting?
Yes.
 

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I use 4 or 6# Pline. I like the smallest line size possible by the hook. of course this changes if i'm in the trees.
 

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my dropshot rod is a powell 7'3" 3 power with an extra fast tip, i really like it although i know other guys who dropshot with a rod of less power. i just like the backbone to it . most my luck comes from 15-25ft +/-
 

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Mikerizzle9,
Have you always used a swivel when dropshotting?
Does the swivel help minimize your line twisting?
I DO... which reminds me of another thing! Sometimes when a fish throws a hook in mid-air it creates MASSIVE twist tangles, especially without a swivel. How can you minimize this? Some fish just mess up the rig so much it's faster and safer just to re-tie. Does anybody else experience this, or is it mainly an issue with light line, like 6# test? Thanks for the replies everybody!
 

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also don't be afraid to power up your drop shot go deep with heavier line 10 inch worms bigger hooks. Just an idea. I have thrown some big drop shot rig set ups at rosey in the trees and it has worked well too. remember you don't have to go ultra light on your drop shot set up. Just be confident in the way you fish it with your favorite color.
Thanks for the tips andy, I know confidence is the key and that's what I'm trying to get that going. It just helps when I know I'm using techniques which work for others.
 

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I'm sure there's plenty of threads about this but I spent a while and said screw it I'm posting!

Anyways, I had fair luck DSing today when my fav Trig bite just seemed to stop. Here's how I do it: 6ft fast tip and medium power St.Croix with 6 LB Fluoroclear main line to #8 swivel, and about 3 ft 10 lb fluoroclear leader with DS hook about equidistant between swivel and sinker. I was mainly using 4.5 in Roboworms in the Shad hologram color fishing stained water with about 2 ft visibility. I just shook a bunch, reel a bit of slack and repeat. Kept line out for about a minute each cast. That's my method and I landed about 6 or so in a few hours this morning, 2 were over a pound.

What can I do to improve presentation and how do you guys work it? Do you have luck throwing larger worms like 7"? I'm hesitant figuring I won't hook up unless they eat the whole thing, or at least the nose. What other baits do you have success with? What other retrievels work other than sitting and shaking?

Thanks for any replies!
best thing to improve your dropshot is getting this thing called the recoil rig. it adds a ton of real life action to your drop shotting and will definately increase your catch. I've used it and currently use it and it works great.

http://secretweaponlures.com/products/spectastic.htm
 

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The key for dropp shotting with me is other then a slow up pull i dont give the rod any action......the key for me is trying not to give the lure any action other then the action....the natural shake us humans give off is actually just enough to atract a fish.....somtimes ill tap very little on the back of the rod........it gives a slight vibration off but i keep it very subtle.....

my line choices are light 6-8lb fluoro or 10 pound power pro..... i use the braid mostly for strenght reasons..... i try and keep a longer tag line to the weight usually 12inches......

other then that just play with what plastics your using...i've become a big fan of those berkley jugs with bait soaked in scent....i dont really use the berkley stuff but the scent is awsome for soaking other plastics in
 

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No substitute for hours and hours and hours with the DS rod in your hand fishing the way you have confidence in - hard to focus on the bite if you're thinking about the hook or line or worm color or whatever. However, you do have to experiment so you can expand your "confidence space".

I can describe my experience with DS on Lake Roosevelt. Your mileage may vary.

On the days when they're nailing it, lots of stuff will work. But when it's more difficult , , , , ,

If they stop biting or you graph them but they're lock-jawed or you're confident you're on fish but aren't getting bit, cycle through colors fairly rapidly. On occassion they're VERY color finicky. A "red" such as Morning Dawn (with or without chart tail) or Red Crawler, watermelon like Robo Green Weenie or Zoom Watermelon Candy, dark purple such as Folkstead Special or MM III, a black and blue such as Midnight, brownish like brown pumpkin or Oxblood, bright such as Prizm Shad or Chartreuse Shad or SXE shad.

I dont know how to predict which color they'll be finicky for. Sorry.

Deadstick the DS - drop it to the bottom, lift once gently to check for an immediate pickup, drop it again and wait 30 to 45 seconds. It seems like an eternity, but very effective and worth the effort.

Sometimes you have to hit them on the head. Be very methodical and concentrate on key parts of the structure - break lines, ridge lines, high spots (even a couple feet higher), rocky patches.

I use scent on the worm, but don't really know that it makes a difference. Sorta like eating chicken soup when you have a cold - it can't hurt.

In general:

The rod matters a lot! A number of times when I've been knocking around trying out stuff, I've put down one rig & picked up another and immediately could tell a difference detecting the bite. For me, it's vital to have a soft tip and a dead neutral rod/reel balance (I add butt weights).

Line size and type hasn't seemed to be a key factor. Any time I'm fishing a DS, I have out one DS rod with 6 lb FC and another with 15 lb braid and 15 lb FC leader. Many times I've switched rods when not getting bit or immediately after catching a fish. Never seemed to make a difference. I do lose a lot more weights and hooks on the light line rig.

Mostly, I DS with #1/0 Gamakatsu wide gap, a 1/0 Owner crook shank, or a #2 Gammie DS hook. Truth is I haven't found much of a "fish in the boat" difference in hooks & I've successfully used from 3/0 to #8, straight, crook shank, wide gap, G lock. Lots of good options. Nose hook & weedless TR style seem to work equally well.

I've had big fish take small worms & vice versa, so size hasn't seemed to matter all that much. My habit is to use the larger plastic - 6" & 7".

JMHO.

Frank
 
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