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This system catches summer panfish By Larry Myhre

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal

Late summer and early fall find crappies and bluegills heading for deep water.

For many anglers, this is the time for the slip bobber set-up, but over the past several years I have been using a method that just about everyone knows about but almost no one is using.

That would be drop shotting.

The method first burst upon the professional bass tournament trail probably around 20 years ago. Perfected in tough, clear fishing waters of Japan, the bass pros soon learned that it was a dynamite system over here as well. It was a closely guarded secret for years. But, eventually the word leaked out.

I don’t remember the year, but I was introduced to the technique by one of the pros at the Berkely Company. We fished West Okoboji and caught smallmouth, walleye, perch and crappie using the technique.

I could recognize the potential this system had for any of a large number of gamefish. In those days we simply used long shanked Aberdeen hooks and large split shots for weights. Although I rigged up a small plastic box just for drop shotting, I seldom used the system. That was a mistake. Over the years, special weights and hooks designed for this system were developed and are widely available today.

In case you are not familiar with the system, let’s go over it. It is your basic hook, line and sinker setup. You tie a hook on the line using a Palomar knot, which will cause the hook to sit out parallel to the line. You leave a long tag on the line and slip it through the eye of the hook and, let’s say 12 inches below the hook you attach a sinker such as a large split shot or two.

I’ll try to explain how to make this rig in more detail. You want the hook point to ride up, so begin the Palomar knot by passing the line from the top side down through the hook eye, and then bring it back through from the bottom, leaving a loop under the hook. Then, using the loop, tie an overhand knot and slip the hook through the loop it creates. Pull the knot tight. Next, pass the tag end of the line through the hook eye from the top side down, tighten it and attach a drop shot sinker or large split shot. [Read more…]

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Fishermen should “rediscover” drop-shot system By Larry Myhre

Reprinted from The Sioux City Journal
The first time I used a drop-shot rig was back in November of 2000. It was the hottest rig on the pro bass fishing scene at the time.

In fact, it had become a much-guarded secret among a few bass pros until two major tournaments were won with the system in 1999.
Barry Day, Sibley, Iowa, was at the time a Pure Fishing Inc. rep who attended most of the big tournaments promoting Pure Fishing products. He learned this system, which was perfected by Japanese fishermen before it came here, from the pros.

After a day of fishing the technique with Barry, I became convinced that this was a fishing system that had tremendous potential for not only bass, but walleyes, perch and other panfish.

I was sure the drop shot would become as popular as the lead head jig.

Well, I was wrong.

It just never seemed to catch on with most anglers. Of course a few made it a strong part of their bass fishing, and there may be a few using it for walleyes and panfish.
But most don’t. And I think that is a mistake.

The original drop shot rig set-up was a finesse fishing approach. Light line, small hooks, a split shot for a sinker and tiny, 4-inch plastics. [Read more…]