May 20, 2014 by Cheez-It pro Shinichi Fukae
Drop-shot rigs are popular for when bass are holding in deep cover or suspended offshore, but I have found they will work very well in shallow water too. I like to fish them around grass or boat docks, or anywhere there are fish from the prespawn to the postspawn time. If I am using spinning tackle, I rig up a Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm or 5-inch Yamamoto Pro Senko with a Gamakatsu G-Finesse Swivel Shot hook for open water, or a Gamakatsu Light Wire Hook for other areas. Depending on the depth, I prefer a sinker that weighs 1/8 to 1/4 ounce. My favorite line for this is YGK G-Soul SS112 braid in 14-pound-test for the main line, and a 12 foot leader of YGK Dread Line fluorocarbon in 8-pound test. For the times when bigger baits are wanted, I will switch to a baitcasting rig. Here, my pick is a Yamamoto D-Shad or Yamamoto 5 3/4-inch Kut Tail. The hooks are the same as with the spinning tackle, but the weights are 1/4 through 1/2 ounce and the line is either 14- or 16-pound-test YGK Dread Line. Spinning or baitcasting, Shimano is my tackle choice. Be sure to use the Gamakatsu G-Finesse Swivel Shot hook that I designed for drop-shotting, because it will not only help you avoid line twist, but it also saves you fishing time because it is so easy to rig. Give shallow drop-shotting a try. Pitch the rig out on a short cast, let it go to the bottom and then either shake it, leave it still or reel it back in slowly along the bottom. Bass will let you know which way they want it.