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The summer churns on, hot days and nights, and lots of rain. This makes for some interesting fishing, with rising water temperatures and water levels rising even higher. It can be quite dangerous out there – in the rivers especially – so be careful when fishing these areas newly submerged and attractive to fish.

There is a new technique to try, whether fishing from a boat or from shore, called a “drop-shot” rig. It really produces when nothing else seems to be working. This really simple system works on almost any species of fish, but is amazingly effective on bass, perch and walleye.

The drop-shot rig is designed for use with 6’6″ to 7’ medium action spinning rod and reel, with 8lb. fluorocarbon line.  Take a straight shank hook in sizes 1, 1/0 or 2/0 and tie the hook to the line with a Palomar knot, leaving a trailer line of 12″ to 18″ in length. When the hook is secured to the line, drop the trailer line back thru the hook eye to ensure the hook is positioned correctly. The hook should be forced to ride point up and straight out from the line.

A special lead weight is made for this rig that does not require the weight to be tied on the line; the weight has a small clip through which you pass the end of the trailer line at the desired length (start with 12″-14″) and pull it up snug. With this in place, if you get hung up on rock or in the weeds, the weight can pull off – and all you lose is the weight, not the whole rig.  

Fishing this rig is easy. Cast it out to the target, such as a weed edge, a rock pile or a downed tree limb, and let the weight settle to the bottom. When you can feel the bottom shake the rod tip just a little to make the bait move, if you don’t get a hit, reel in a bit of line and do the same thing again. It is just that easy, and a slow retrieve is the best. Now a picture would really help about now; search for “drop-shot fishing.” There are hundreds of videos on how to rig and fish this rig. Enjoy catching some fish.

My next article will be coming from northern Minnesota, where I’ll be drop-shot fishing. Until next time, keep a tight line.