While bait-browsing, you’ll see several references to those that are great used as a “drop-shot”. If you’re just getting into the game and need help distinguishing the various techniques and their names, we’ll try to clear those murky waters.

The Drop-Shot is a finesse technique, first developed as a way to entice oh-so-picky bass in the clear depths of Western waters. Intended for lightweight tackle and soft lures of a small-ish size, the Drop-Shot remains a very effective yet simple technique to add to your angling arsenal.

Traditionally, a Drop-Shot starts with the rigging: a lightweight line – say, fluorocarbon – using a small bait-holder hook. In order to achieve the proper “stance”, the hook is tied directly to the line with a Palomar knot, ensuring that the hook remains perpendicular to the line. Attach a sinker to the bottom of the line’s tag end and Voila! You’ve just rigged a Drop-Shot. Sinker placement is relative to the application, and can be a few inches below the hook, or up to a few feet. Fiddle with the setup and see what works best for a given situation.

The old-school technique has morphed into many crossover applications to flex with varying rods and reels, fishing locales and cover. Soft plastics, such as worms, tubes and other finesse-type baits are great choices with a drop-shot rig.