When and Where To Fish A Dropshot | Bass Fishing

Glenn: There you go. That’s a better fish!Oh, my goodness. Carol: Oh, keep him down, keep him down. Glenn: Oh, my goodness. Let go, let go, let go. Keri: He’s going wherever he wants to. So, take your time, I don’t think there’s
anything to snag on. Glenn: That’s a much better fish. That’s a much better fish. Carol: I’m going to take us outGlenn: Yeah, get him away from these bushes. There you go, there you go, there you go. There you go. Carol: Oh, my gosh, Keri. Glenn: Get him in. Keri: Okay, I’m trying. Carol: Well wait. You want. . . ?Keri: Yeah, I want you to net him in. Keeping tension on him. Carol: Yeah, keep tension on that. Let me see. Keri: Oh, wait. No, you’re not gonna be able to, there’s cameras. Carol: I know. Glenn: Here he comes, here he comes, here
he comes. Keri: Oh, my. . . Glenn: Look at that!Look at that!Look at that!Carol: A giant. Well, that was worth the whole trip. Keri: She’s heavy. Glenn: You want some pictures of that one,
don’t you?Keri: Oh, yeah. Take one right here. Carol: I bet you it’s spawning. Glenn: There you go. Keri: That’s what we’re looking for here!That is what we’re looking for. Glenn: Nice, yes. Carol: Now you’re spoiled. Spoiled. You won’t want anymore dinks. Glenn: Woa!Goodbye!Hey, folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com and today,
I wanna talk to you about drop shotting. Specifically, the best times and places to
fish a drop shot. Now, the logical obvious thing is, “Hey, you
can fish a drop shot year-round. “Well, yeah, true. But it changes throughout the year and the
reasons why you fish, it changes throughoutthe year. So, I wanna walk you through that, starting
with the spring. In the springtime, these fish are moving up
shallow and in the very early stages of thespring, they’re real skittish when they first
come up. You can just move your arm and bam, they’re
gone. It disappears. So this is when a drop shot really comes in
handy. Because it’s a real subtle bait, it doesn’t
put off a lot of action, and it’s not gonnaspook them. So what I like to do is in the early spring,
they’re coming up usually on their outsidepoints and then moving into the secondary
points up in the creek channels and they startto work themselves up towards the flats. So that structure works really well for a
drop shot. And I just like to throw it out there, and
I give it a little bit of action and movethe rod tip like this. You just want to give it a little bit of movement. See how this is already dancing around just
from me doing that. Just a little bit of shaking. You can see my hand isn’t moving much, but
that bait is dancing all around. So just give it a little bit of shaking action
while you’re working it down a point. And a lot of times it attracts the attention
of the bass and they bite it. What I also like to do is during that time
of year, the hydrilla and the milfoil is justbeginning to grow. When it starts to turn green, that’s when
the bass move in and start feeding on baitfish. So that’s a good time. What I like to do then is I’ll take the leader
here and the leader will be long enough toget this bait just above those emergent weeds. So they’re visible. Keeps a bait up above it so it doesn’t sink
down inside the weeds, keeps it up there wherethe bass can find it and you can catch a lot
of fish doing that. This also works really well. Later on in the spring when the fish are getting
up shallow, they get up under docks. I really like throwing this alongside docks
and just working it along the edge of thedock and entices those fish to come up underneath
it. This is really a good technique to use when
you’ve got a lot of fronts coming throughin the springtime. And every time a front comes through, it tends
to shut down the bite. They’re not as willing to go chase down a
lure like a spinnerbait or a crankbait. That’s when this really shines. That’s when you wanna break this out. This is not like a search type bait, but it’s
a good bait to use. When the bite is slow and you’ve got an idea
where the fish are hanging, that’s when youbring it out. Now, one more thing to talk about in the spring
is during the spawn. You can use a drop shot, cast it out there
and let it land on the other side of the bedand then let it sit there. And all you’re doing is you’re lifting up
on the rod tip and all you’re doing is you’rejust letting that bait dance right over the
bed like so, unless this is spinning arounda lot. I have another video on how to rig this. So I use a spin shot hook. So I’ll show you that more in another video. I’ve got a link down the bottom of this one
so you can look at it in more detail, butyou’re just using it to bounce that bait up
and down over the top of the bed. And that aggravates the fish. Eventually, they’re gonna bite it. So the type of bait I’ll use during that time
it doesn’t really matter, it just needs tobe a bright, visible bait that you can see
so you can see the bite. So I usually use a white tube or a chartreuse
tube, some kind of bait like that, or a whitegrub, something small that the fish, when
he grabs, he’s not just grabbing the tail,he has to bite the whole thing. That’s typically what I like to use. Come here. All right. Keri: He is not happy. Glenn: There we go. Keri: What are you using, Glenn?Glenn: Drop shot finesse worm. But moving into the summertime, things change
a little bit. Now, the bass are. . . some are up shallow and
they stay shallow all year-round and that’sa great time. You can fish the exact same way I was telling
you like you do in the spring. But in the summer, a lot of bass also move
to offshore structure. So you wanna move out there and start fishing
that. And again, it’s when the bite isn’t very strong. During those days when the fish aren’t aggressively
feeding, that’s when you break out the dropshot. And during the summer, fish, all they want
to eat is baitfish. They are eating, eating, eating on baitfish. So what you wanna use is a bait that mimics
that. So what I’ll use is something like this, like
a YUM Pulse minnow. I like to use that on a drop shot. Can you see that?I’ll put that on a drop shot. Just nose hook it and it looks just like a
little baitfish. And I’ll throw it out there in those rock
piles and those humps, anywhere that’s 10to 15 feet and deeper points, ridges, drop-offs,
creek channels. Those are the things I like to fish on the
drop shot, especially when the bite is reallyoff. And it’s good using current, too. What I’ll do is I’ll heavy up a bit on the
weight and I’ll use more like a quarter-ounceto a half-ounce weight depending on the current. Now, if the current is really strong, here’s
how you tell. I can’t give you an exact weight to use, but
if you cast upstream and the bait gets byyou and it still hasn’t hit the bottom, you
need to add more weight. Keep doing it until finally hits the bottom.
and now you’ve got enough weight. So a quarter-ounce to half is usually a good
starting point. You may have to go higher than that, but the
drop shot works really well in current. You get back behind those eddies and breakpoints
where the fish will be hanging out and they’renot in a real biting mood and the dog days
of summer, that’s a great place to place adrop shot with that Pulse Minnow. And man, you can have yourself a heyday out
there in the current catching fish like that. Now, as you move into fall, things change
again. Keri: Hey, you got something. Finally, you caught a fish on the drop shot. Glenn: There we go. Keri: It’s a little smallmouth. Glenn: We’ll take it. A little smallmouth on a drop shot. Now the fish are moving up shallow. If you live in the southern part of North
America, there’s a lot of shad. And these shad move up shallow in the fall. So they move up in the backs of coves, back
bays of the shallow areas and the bass aregonna follow the feed. So again, we’re gonna go back to some of the
same techniques we were using in the springtime,a little bit of combination of summer because
what happens, they don’t go all the way tothe backs of flats, for example, but they
get up there on those creek channels and thesecondary points, they’ll get up under docks
and those stump fields, those types of things. That’s where a good place to fish drop shot
rig is right in those areas. Again, when the bite isn’t really strong,
that’s where I’ll fish it again using thePulse Minnow because they’re feeding on baitfish. Now, if you don’t live in the southern part
of North America, you live in the northernclimates, we don’t have so much shad, but
what we do have is perch and bluegill. Now, what happens is the perch, they’ll ball
up. They start to school up as you move deeper
and deeper into fall. And they get a little bit offshore, you need
to find them with your graph. But I’ll take that drop shot, I’ll add some
weight to it, quarter-ounce to a half-ouncewith that Pulse Minnow because what happens
is the bass get up underneath those schoolof perch and they’ll feed on the weak ones. So the trick is, is you’ve got to find that
ball and get that drop shot and punch it throughthat perch down underneath where the bass
are waiting. And I use a heavier weight to do that because
perch, man, they’ll chew up plastics in aheartbeat. If you’ve been around them, you know what
I’m talking about. So a heavier weight, I can get it through
that school of perch quicker without themmauling it. So I can get it down to those bass that are
waiting underneath. If we can get through that school, the bass
are down there, you’re gonna get hit and you’regonna get a good fish. So that’s a great way to fish drop shot in
the fall. Keri: Ooh, you’re pulling like you’re mean. Glenn: There we go. Keri: You’re probably like you’re mean. Glenn: That’s a bit better. That’s a good fish there. There you go. That’s a largemouth. Keri: Oh, boy, you are not happy with me. Glenn: There we go. That does the trick. Keri: That does the trick. Drop shot fish, there we go. Yeah. Much better fish. Much better. Glenn: That works. Keri: That’s what we’ve been waiting all day
for. Glenn: That’s a good one. Keri: Thank you, dude. The little belly on him. Glenn: Yeah. That works. Keri: The little fish drop shotting. Here you go, baby. Thank you for the play. That was fun. Slowly just saunters off. Glenn: Into the wintertime, it’s a little
bit different. Now, the fish almost always are exclusively
deep. You can find some shallow, but it’s few and
far between, so I focus on the deeper areaslike we did in the summertime. Same type of structure. Rock piles, humps, ridges, ledges, creek beds,
deeper water, and this can be really deep,my neck of the woods. Dead of winter, fish are for 45 to 55 feet
deep. So you need to get really deep. But I won’t use a super heavyweight. I’ll still use an eighth-ounce to maybe quarter-ounce
weight, maybe at the most. It really depends on wind, because what I
wanna do is I wanna get that bait all theway down there. I take the rod tip and I’m holding the rod
down. I’m just holding it down along the side of
the boat. Usually, I’m fishing like this. I’ll just bring it down, I’m holding down
the side of the boat and I just get on a trollingmotor and I move it maybe at speed 10 up to
15. I don’t even go 20. I’ll just let the wind drift, but I want that
bait to get all the way down to the bottomand just sit there and bounce along. I want the weight to bounce along the bottom
and real nice and slow. So I want a bait that’s the way it is heavy
enough to keep it down there. So if the wind is really blowing the line
around, I might get a little bit heavier weightjust in order to keep maintain contact with
the bottom, but as light as I can get awaywith. And during that time of year, I’m using a
finesse worm. I don’t want a lot of action, a lot of appendages. So something like a YUM finesse worm or like
this is a Robo worm, this is an Aaron’s Magiccolor. I like the color “Peoples” as well. I know that that’s a color, guys, “People’s”.
but just a real nice. So it’s like a hand pour type bait. Really has no action to it and that’s perfect
in the wintertime. You don’t want a lot of movement. So just sit it on the bottom and you’re just
dragging it along. I’m not bopping the rod tip, I’m not moving
it and dancing it around. Just dragging it across that structure nice
and slow and easy. The weight is really making the action. The weight is moving and bouncing across the
bottom and contours, and it’s making thatbait shimmer and shake. And that’s all you need. You don’t need to do any more than that and
you’ll catch a lot of fish that way. So those are the different times and places
I fish a drop shot. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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