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you are going to take the bait off the hook, but leave the bait glued to the hook shank/eye apply one drop of glue to the worn spot, dip the bait in the water, this accelerates the cure time to basically im- mediate, once dipped in the water the Pro’s Soft Bait Glue will be totally odorless whatever your bait smelled like before you applied the glue is exactly how it will smell at this point. To learn more about and the many use’s with diagrams of Pro’s Soft Bait Glue you can visit their website, www.prosoftbaitglue.com . Tag line, this is the distance between your Palomar Knot tied to the hook eye and the free end of your line or the drop shot weight once attached to the line. This is where I have made an- other important modification. I am using a considerable shorter tag line than the typical drop shot rig. Generally I recommend and use a 6 to 12 inch tag line, occasionally I will shorten the tag line to 4 inches, but at 4 inches I am really fishing on the bottom. My recommendation is to let the bass tell you the length of tag line to use, Experiment with different lengths until you find the one they want. I prefer the basic round ball type of drop shot weight, 1/4 to 3/8-ounce, in very heavy current I will sometimes use a 1/2 -ounce drop shot weight. To attach your line to the drop shot weight you simply pass the loose end of the tag line thru the small eye opening of the wire that swivels coming out of the top of the ball weight, do not tie a knot you will see that the wire above the eye/opening is pinched tight, you simply pull the line so that it is pinched between the wire. This is very important as it allows you to quickly adjust your tag line between casts until you find the tag line distance that the bass want. If you find that your drop shot

weight is hung-up on the bottom, you simply use a steady inline pull (keeping the rod and rod tip in line with your line so that you do not stress and damage or break your rod) the line will either pull thru where it is pinched to the drop shot sinker or cut itself loose at the point where it is pinched, either way you just take another drop shot weight and attach it to the loose end of the tag line and quickly continue fishing. If when you pull the line it cuts instead of pulling thru don’t worry you will only loose about 1/16 of an inch each time so it will take a few times before you have to stop and completely retie the rig.

All Aboard! Let’s go fishing using the Tidal River Drop Shot Rig. I have spent many hours and days on the water perfecting this technique and believe me it works. When the fishing is slow and the bites are few, I will rely on the Tidal River Drop Shot. It is no secret that most tidal river fishermen want a moving tide. Some prefer the incoming and some prefer the outgoing, often the area they are fishing will determine the tide they prefer, but for the most part they prefer a moving tide. Many times their opinion is they are just fishing hoping for a bite between the moving tides. I have found the Tidal River Drop Shot technique to be extremely effective in serving the bass some- thing on the menu that their appetite cannot resist during the slack tide time when the tides are not moving. I recommend using a spinning tackle set-up when fishing the Tidal River Drop Shot. The sinker weights I use are heavy enough for a bait casting type reel but you will not get the straight down fall presentation that the spinning tackle set-up will give you making it more difficult to properly present the bait effec- tively when targeting specific structure and cover. I use a St. Croix Avid AS63MXF it is a 6ft. 3inch medium action spinning rod this is my choice when I am fishing tight to cover or docks and marina’s, yes I said docks don’t be afraid to fish the Tidal River Drop Shot any- where. Fish it shallow on structure and cover, docks the

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