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Champs

Bassbuster,

You mentioned that the drop shot caught walleyes 3 to 1 vs. the jig. I have heard of drop shotting and seen one fishing segment on TV about it but can you explain it a little if you have time.

My buddies and I are coming to Rainy on Sept. 2nd through the 5th and I'm hoping the bite keeps up as we did very poorly last year around that time. Thanks!

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Well its really pretty simple,first you need the right hooks they make them now just for dropshotting all the big sporting good chains have them, the weights are not as important you can use split shots, bell sinkers or they also make a dropshot sinker.

What you do is tie the hook on the line and leave as much as 3 feet of line hanging down from the hook,you then put your sinker below the hook,with the dropshot sinkers you can easily adjust the distance between the hook and the sinker,what this does it lets you keep the bait off the bottom,you can move the sinker up toward the hook to keep the bait closer to the bottom or move the sinker away from the hook to get the bait up off the bottom.

This keeps your bait in front of the eye's .When you see the schools of fish on your locater ,you can usally tell how far off the bottom they are ,you then adjust the distance between the hook and the sinker to match.This tends to keep the bite in the strike zone more. I hope that helps.

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Champs

Thanks alot Bassbuster. Sounds like the 3 feet of line is the tag from the knot. I hope Rainy Lake One Stop has those hooks because I live in the Grand Rapids area and it seems like L&M is pretty much picked over and gearing up for hunting already. Which I don't understand because we are just now coming up on some of the best fishing of the season. Thanks for the tip I think I will try it.

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CaptJohnWI

A regular hook can also be used. The trick is getting it to stand out at a 90 degree angle to the line and point on top. Experiment with a few knots and you will get the hang of it. Match hook size to type of bait you are using. dropshot.jpg

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tearin' lips

Champs, unfortunately we don't have those hooks in yet. It seems drop shotting is getting more popular and I could not get them in from the one warehouse that we order from. Hopefully you will see them here soon!

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uffdapete

Champs, unfortunately we don't have those hooks in yet. It seems drop shotting is getting more popular and I could not get them in from the one warehouse that we order from. Hopefully you will see them here soon!

They're available at RLOS' competitor in town in 2 sizes but one looks a little small and one too big. Being one to try new things (and drive Fishmeister nuts) I might try the smaller ones. I talked to Bassbuster yesterday and he said the specially made hooks worked best for him.

BTW good luck to Bassbuster in the tourney!

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ozzie

Doing a little looking around and found this post and would like to say thanks for explaining how to set up the drop shot.....I have wondered and wanted to try this on crappies but every article I have read and every seggment I have watched on drop shotting never say tie a hook on and just leave X amount of line out.......Is there a certain knot that is prefered to get the hook at a 90 degree angle with the tag line hanging straight down? Thanks

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Champs

Ozzie, I believe the knot that is most often used is the polymer knot. I just learned it so I can try this on Rainy and it is really easy to learn if you don't already know it.

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AlwysFshn

Yep, it is the polymer knot. There are lots of illustrations available online that show how to tie it. It is a simple knot to learn and master.

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ozzie

thanks I have a link to a illustrated knot tying.....can't wait to give this a try!!

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