What do you need for a drop shot rig?

What do you need for a drop shot rig?

The drop shot is one of the simplest but at the same time very effective rigs for catching perch, zander, pike, and other predatory fish. Perch drop shot in light and ultra-light versions also successfully catches relatively peaceful fish: ide, chub, rudd, bream, crucian carp, and so on. But a drop shot for a perch is poorly suited for pike fishing since the sharp teeth of a predator cut off such equipment without any problems. Therefore, for pike fishing, and adapted drop-shot installation is used.

Let’s consider several options for mounting rigs, starting with the lightest drop shot, which usually catches perch on every cast. But first, briefly about what a drop shot is in general.

Drop shot – equipment for catching predatory fish

It’s believed that a drop shot is predominantly a boat mount since the rig is, as it were, sharpened for the vertical play of the bait. Indeed, the vertical component is a very effective part of the wiring, where bites often occur. But in practice, a drop shot is successfully used when fishing from the shore, and not only steep.

At the same time, boat and coastal drop shot practically do not differ from each other.

In general, a drop shot rig is usually a soft bait on a hook, which, using a knot, is attached directly to a piece of fluorocarbon line. Below the bait, usually at a distance of 20-40 cm, there is a load.

Dropshot cargo

A special weight for drop shot, instead of a fastening ring, it has a clip that allows you to fasten it to the line without using a knot. This is not necessary, but convenient, as it allows you to quickly change the distance between the load and the bait if necessary. Besides, when a load gets stuck, for example, in stones, only the load is lost, and not all equipment.

Anglers use a variety of forms of sinkers, but the longest is elongated, and the most passable in stones – drop-shaped, “bananas” and the like. In contrast to the diverter leash, the weight of the cargo for a drop shot is important, affects the behavior of the bait, and should be selected based on the fishing conditions and the reaction of the fish.

Dropshot hooks and baits

For drop shots, both conventional or trailer hooks and offset hooks are used. It all depends on the goals and on the type of bait that you want to attach to the hook. I have seen that some anglers have quite successfully used doubles with an elongated forend, with foam fish attached to them.

Perhaps the most commonly used are worm-like silicone baits, while the most exotic (and very effective) are natural worms and fish peritoneal slicing. Twisters, slugs, and vibrotails are also used – any type of bait.

For each specific fishing, this or that bait may work better, so everything here is individual and tied to specific fishing conditions. It is sometimes more important to find the optimal size, rather than the type, shape, or color of the bait.

Dropshot line

For drop shots, fluorocarbon line is usually used, as it tolerates friction better and is more resistant to various types of cuts on the sharp edges of stones, shell rock, and teeth of predatory fish.

The diameter of the fishing line is chosen based on the weight of the load, the size, and the type of predator that is supposed to be caught. 

For example, for a perch, the thinnest monofilament is suitable, with a diameter of 0.14 to 0.25 mm. Someone puts it even thinner than 0.14 mm because the rig must correspond to the parameters of the tackle as a whole: spinning test, the weight, and size of the reel, the diameter of the cord (mainline) used.

For pike-perch fishing, you can use a thicker fluor with a diameter of 0.23-0.4 mm, and for pike, 0.4-0.5 mm. But a large pike can cut off a thick line, so for its purposeful fishing, installation is done differently.

Dropshot node

There are two types of nodes used for drop shots: “Palomar” and “dropper”. The latter I consider the most preferable since its simplified version allows you to fix the hook in a perpendicular position relative to the line.

This knot is knitted as follows:

Simplified drop shot installation:

Posting a drop shot

It is impossible to describe in a few words wiring that is efficient. There are too many factors here: the place and conditions of fishing, the weight of the rig and the bait, the type of target fish, and its activity.

In general, as it was said, when fishing with a drop shot, the vertical component of the posting is important, including throwing the bait and pause. On a pause, bites are mainly followed, as when fishing with a classic jig. Fishing for perch and walleye sometimes requires more aggressive play than fishing for pike, which likes a smooth, horizontal drive.

In some cases, it can be effective to play the bait without lifting the load from the bottom. But mostly – 1-2-3 short blasts with a coil winding, followed by a pause. It is important not to get hung up on monotonous movements, but to choose the game according to the mood of the fish, noting the moments at which the predator’s grip occurs.

When such wiring is found, it remains only to reproduce it, but with various improvisations.

Drop shot for perch and zander

Tackle for catching perch is no different from a drop shot for zander, except for the thickness of the line used, the types and sizes of lures.

Meanwhile, comparing drop shots with micro jigs and other types of spaced rigs, I have concluded that the drop shot for bass is the most effective. It is possible that in other fishing conditions, everything may be different.

I became confident that catching the right amount of perch with a drop shot is not a problem at all. Of course, in the presence of perch in the place where fishing is carried out.

For catching perch on a drop shot, I mainly used an ultralight spinning rod with a test of 0.5-6 grams, as well as a light one, in the test up to 12.5 grams. Therefore, the weight of the rig corresponded to these tests.

At first, a micro-load weighing 1.8-2.5 grams, for a perch drop shot, I made from split pellets used in float fishing, clamping a small swivel in the cut, for which the fishing line was tied. But then I began to clamp them directly on the line. This made it possible to do everything faster, change the distance between the load and the bait, and also, if necessary, add the weight of the load due to additional pellets.

An ultralight drop shot will mow down any perch, so its size is filtered by selecting the size of the lures. For example, anything that can grab it in some way pecks on an artificial bloodworm.

If you put a larger bait, an unnecessarily small perch will be cut off. For example, one and a half-inch worm-like silicone baits and twisters made it possible to catch larger perch.

Unfortunately, excessively increasing the size of the bait does not always lead to an increase in the size of the fish caught. In any case, it was so with me. If there is a large perch in the place of fishing, you need to experiment closely with the size of the baits.

For pike-perch fishing, a more powerful and heavier rig is used, but otherwise, everything is similar to fishing for perch.

Drop shot for pike

It is better to do a drop-shot for pike fishing not on a line, but metal leads. Consider one of these mounting options.

Let’s take a string leash and spin one of its twists:

Attach a hook with bait on this twist and close it:

As a result, we get the bait, fixed on a metal leash:

To the first leash, which is the main one, we attach the second through a twist, which will serve as a drain for the load:

We attach a load to the free end of the second leash (this can be done both through a twist and through a fastener for quick load change):

In general, we get the following drop-shot design:

But since the second leash, which serves as a discharge for the load, is auxiliary and does not participate in pike fishing, it can be replaced with a fluorocarbon fishing line with a diameter of ~ 0.4 mm. Also, the entire installation of a pike drop shot can be done using a flexible metal lead material.

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