There’s a few different ways I like to fisha drop shot rig. One way I really like tofish it is vertically. There’s a couple differentways you can do that. The first is if yourover deeper water fishing the end of a pointthat drops off into deep water or the topof a hump. You can actually look at your graphand see the fish whether they’re 20-30-40feet down and you can drop the drop shot,follow it on your graph all the way down,and then catch those fish. Another way tofish is vertically is around pieces of cover. We have this cement intake right here whichhas four sides obviously and there’s someshade. So it’s a perfect place for those fishto hang out, ambush prey, or just get out ofthe direct sunlight. So what I like to dois just come up on these pieces of verticalcover like this and I’ll just pitch my dropshot right against the wall right there andjust let it fall on a slack line. Once youget to the bottom you generally want to keepit in one place and just shake it. Give theopportunity for a fish to find it. I preferto use smaller baits when drop shotting asopposed to fishing a Texas Rig. Right nowwe’re using a Yamamoto Shad Shaped Worm, whichis an excellent bait that catches lots offish. It works on all three species: smallmouth,largemouth, and spotted bass. If I’m fishingaround vertical cover like this I like tonose hook my bait as well. You have the optionto Texas Rig it if you’re fishing in cover,but if it’s relatively snag free I feel likeI get a better hook up ratio and land morefish using a nose hook presentation. On a piece of cover like this you want tobe real thorough. You want to make sure youhit each corner and each shade line. Another important thing to do is vary yourleader length. Generally I’ll start off witha leader anywhere from 6-12″. There’s a fewthings you want to consider when playing withyou leader length; one is the water visibility,and also where you think the fish are holdingon a piece of cover. So obviously when wehave this cement intake structure it sitsabout 8-10 foot deep and the fish could beanywhere on that. But I’ll usually start atthe base and then work my way up from there. Another general rule of thumb is I like toget away with the lightest weight possibleso I have the most natural presentation. IfI’m fishing anywhere from 8-15 foot I’ll usea 1/4 ounce weight. Anything shallower thanthat I’ll go with a 3/16 or an 1/8 weightthough. If I’m fishing deep water and I needmy bait to of all really fast I’ll use a 3/8or even up to a 1/2-ounce sometimes. When shaking your drop shot it’s really importantto try to keep your weight on the bottom andjust move your bait. A good way to do thatis by shaking your bait on a slack line. Thatway you ensure your weight is staying on bottom,you’re not pulling it up off the bottom, andyou’re just moving the bait. I like to use both straight fluorocarbon aswell as braided line with a fluorocarbon leaderon my drop shot rigs. It just kind of dependson the circumstance. Most of the time I’lluse 15 pound Seaguar Kanzen Braid as my mainline and I’ll tie on a 5 and half or 6 footleader of 8 pound Seaguar InvizX or Tatsufluorocarbon. What that does in helps eliminatesome of the line stretch. With braided linethere is almost zero stretch so it helps withthe hook sets and it helps you feel bitesyou normally wouldn’t feel. I really likefishing braided line when I’m fishing verticallyfor those reasons. Another thing I like to do with a drop shotis fish it higher in the water column. IfI’m fishing around a piece of cover and didn’tget bite at the base what I’ll do is I’lltie on a lighter drop shot weight like somethingas light as a 1/16 ounce or even a 1/32. I’llcast it out and I’ll let it pendulum backto me. So I’m kind of just bringing it threwthe top of the water column and it gives thosefish something different to look at. It alsoallows you to present your bait to the fishthat might be higher in the water column thatyou normally wouldn’t be able to get to witha drop shot presentation. That will work onanything say you’re fishing over the of topbrush, or anything even big boulders. Thekey is just using a really lightweight. Justlet it swing back toward you, reel in theslack every once and awhile, and make sureit stays up off the bottom. Now vertical fishing isn’t the only way tofish a drop shot presentation. You can alsocast it and work it like you would fish anormal Texas rig or even a jig. Basicallyjust cast it out, drag it back to the boat,and reel in the slack. There are a few situationswhere I really like to drag my drop shot. I use it when I’m targeting any specific pieceof cover. Whether it is a rock or it couldbe a tree. Fishing vertically allows you tobe able to present it from directly over thetop. But a lot of times if the water is superclear or you’re fishing shallower water youneed to get back off the top of that coverand cast to it so the fish don’t know you’rethere. A great way to do that instead of astandard presentation is with a drop shot. Right out in front of us we have these buoysthat are anchored with cement blocks at thebottom and it’s a little to shallow becauseit’s only about 7 feet so it’s a little toshallow to get vertical and drop on top ofthem. So I’ll stay back off them within acast distance and pitch it up there. Basicallywhat I’m doing is I’m just dragging my dropshot until I feel those cement blocks downthere that are anchoring that buoy. Once Ifind that, there it is right there, I’m justgoing to keep that drop shot in one placeand just shake it. Like we talked about earlierI want to shake it on a slack line so I’mnot moving my weight and I’m making sure I’mjust moving my bait. The advantage of using a drop shot in thissituation over a jig or a Texas Rig is evenif your shaking that Texas rig or jig lightlyyou’re still moving that bait towards you. With a drop shot you’re able to keep it inone place for a long period of time. Sometimeson heavily pressured bodies of water or ifit’s a spot other anglers have hit beforeyou’ve gotten to it’s important to keep thatbait in the strike zone longer to give thosefish the opportunity to eat it. What other people don’t realize as well isif you’re fishing a Texas rig or jig on bottomthe fish actually have to turn on they’reside to inspect that bait a lot of times beforethey suck it. With a drop shot if you haveit up 8-10-12 inches off the bottom it’s righta lot of times at the fishes eye level. Sothey don’t have to make nearly the effortto inspect your lure and a lot of times they’lljust open up their mouths and just suck itin.