BassWestUSA - September/October, 2009, Page 23

What is a Tidal River Drop Shot Rig?

How do you rig it? When and where

should you fish it? Why should you learn

to fish it? Don’t worry, in this article I will

answer all of these questions and with a

little practice you should gain confidence

in this technique quickly and find out

how much fun you have been missing.

I first started writing and giving semi-

nars on this technique in early 2005.

Since then I have done a DVD on the

Tidal River Drop Shot and it continues to

be one of my most requested techniques

by my clients. I am confident that once

you give it a try, you will be shouting



typical drop shot rig technique that the Japanese fishermen introduced to us became very popular quickly out west and has gained good popularity here on the east coast with the lake and reservoir fishermen. These waters are typically deep, clear and are many times due to their size heavily pressured by the volume of fishermen. Water current is not usually a factor unless they have a dam or some type of power plant facility on them and still the current is not usually as strong and more specific time regulated than our River’s and Bay’s. In these situations the low visibility 4 to 8 pound light line, small #1 hook, small sometimes even tiny plastics, small drop shot weights, work great as the fisherman can keep feel and contact with the bottom which is crucial in fishing the drop shot rig, whether it be the typical or Tidal River Drop Shot Rig. Please keep in mind as I cannot stress enough the fact that you must feel and keep your drop shot weight in contact with the bottom to be successful fishing either of these drop shot techniques.

My version of the Tidal River Drop Shot Rig allows the tidal river fisherman to fish it in the heavier current and dense grass and cover that they encounter in their rivers and bay’s. Many times the tidal river fisherman will be fishing shallow 1 to 10 foot of wa- ter, dense grass and heavy cover such as thick limbed brush piles, fallen trees in the water called lay downs. Rocky points and dock pilings covered with sharp barnacles are another of the many tidal river fishing obstacles. In these situations a good quality, sensitive, highly abrasion resistant, low stretch, line such as the IZORLINE, XXX Super Co- Polymer line in 10 or 12 pound test, is what I recommend. You will need a strong hook, I recommend any high quality sharp 2/0 wide gap worm hook such as the ones you use to Texas rig your plastic worms. Now for your plastic bait, we are fishing tidal rivers and bays with mostly stained to dirty water clarity. I recommend a 4 to 5 inch bait such as the ever popular Senko, but I prefer to use the 4 ¼ inch BiteZone Hog Dog stick baits when I want a bulkier type bait, . When I want a very soft hand poured finesse bait with lifelike

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