The key to success with this technique is to make sure your sinker remains in contact with the bottom and avoid any slack in your line. It’s also important to adjust the size of your sinker to the current and the depth of the water. When using a ﬁnesse technique like this one, always bear in mind to ﬁsh very slowly. Often, a weak current is enough to make your soft bait wiggle. If not, simply ﬂick your wrist lightly, to gently move the tip of your rod. This subtle movement brings your soft lure to life.
The power and action of the Drop Shot rod is important. I recommend a 7-foot, medium-light power rod with fast or extra fast action. This type of rod will allow you to easily keep contact with the bottom and to feel the gentlest of bites.
As with any ﬁnesse technique, it is crucial you use a small-diameter braided line (8 to 10 lbs.), combined with a ﬂuorocarbon leader of a similar diameter, in order to better identify bites and remain invisible underwater. This technique is also very effective when ﬁshing for smallmouth bass in deep or shallow water.