Tips for Drop Shotting

Tips For Drop Shotting

If you have not attempted drop shotting yet then maybe now is the time you do? It is primarily used to catch Perch and is pretty easy to learn and great fun to use. In the winter it is also a very good technique, all you need is a small, very light rod or reel, a packet full of terminal bits and a few tiny lures. At Taskers Angling we have but together some tips to help you try out this technique. 

So what really is Drop Shotting? In short it is a highly effective way to catch predatory species such as Perch, Zander and Pike. However the lure is used differently to what it would be traditionally. The leader is a length of fluorocarbon, with the hook being tied around 12 to 20 inches up the line. The casting weight comes in the shape of a special dropshot lead that is attached to the end of this fluorocarbon leader. The hook is then ‘baited’ with a 1in-3in rubber lure and the rig is cast.

Having the correct equipments is also vital to successfully Drop Shotting. Before you go out make sure you have a rod, reel (ideally light), line, leader, hooks, weights, lures and whatever else you may need. To find what you need please visit our website where we stock a lot of these products.    

When it comes to actually executing a Drop Shot the theory is that once the rig is in the water and the weight is on the bottom you are able to use the movement  with delicate flicks of the rod tip, working it in any area for as long as you choose. Be mindful though not to retrieve the lure in the same way you would if it was a spinner. Keep the weight on the bottom and move the lure gently in order to get a take. The benefit of this is that you can fish in really tight areas predators like to hide in. 

When discussing where is actually best to Drop Shot there are a wide range of options. Canals are good as they have features that predator fish hide in, including locks and marinas. Slow moving rivers are also a good place to try, heavier weights may be required though to stem the river flow. Still waters are good as well, you never know what you will catch there but make sure you check for permission as it may not be allowed where you are.  

If you have any questions about which products are best suited to this then please visit our Liverpool Store or call us on 01512606015.