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To drop shot or not to dropshot, that is the question

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:59 am    Post subject: To drop shot or not to dropshot, that is the question Reply with quote

I know its the on trend style of fishing and a chance for the tackle trade to sell us more fishing gear.

So i decided to fish an ignored stretch of the river Colne last night to see what was in there after it had had a pollution incident.
I have watched this video https://youtu.be/s5FPUN0282c and decided to give it a go, so I took along some worms as well as a few plastic morsels.
The plan was just to catch fish so I set up in the same manner as Graham in the video, tying on a size 8 red drop shot hook on to essentially a fly style dropper.
The results were instant with greedy small perch hammering the worms the whole evening. When I found an area with a lot of perch I put on a small plastic worm which also received attention but not to the extent of of the live worm.
The down side was that no Chub or silver fish showed up only small perch, which rather worries me, where they have gone.

It was a fun style of fishing with worms, a bit like paternoster fishing of the old days, drop shot has never been my favorite as I would rather fish larger lures for bigger fish but I will be drop lob fishing again.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a litter lout. When I drop shot I pick it up Smile

Being more sensible now, it is also carried out when sea fishing with micro rods for mini species down the sides of harbours and rocks using 1000 reels and tiny rods.

I used to do it years ago with worm for trout down the side of a little wall on my local river. Then one day a big sewin (sea trout) took a fancy to my worm and gave me quite a fright before it snapped me off.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its good fun as it is done on the move like fly or lure fishing, so for me a minimum of tackle.
I will be doing more drop lob /drop shot on the rivers and some of the lakes I fish, but I will not buy any fancy rods as my old Bass Pro spinning rod does the trick.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really enjoy ultra light fishing both in freshwater and salt. Great for perch. Most of my gear is rated from about 7g up to about 12g but I am definitely considering buying a 5g outfit just for perch. Have also used bait a few times, both worms for perch and ragworms in the sea. The same gear is also great for fishing tiny jig heads with small plastics. This can be even more effective when trying to cover water and when fishing on the move.








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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried the drop shot but instead of a drop shot weight you use a jig head with a soft plastic on it and a drop shot hook attached above it?
I tried it last time at Hanningfield ( from a boat) and it seemed a workable method, unfortunately the fish were not in the mood so did not catch anything.
It is a method they use in the U.S for pan fish etc.
Some club waters over here ban the use of more than one hook and of course not a good idea in a snaggy area.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not something I have tried. I tend to try not move the dropshot weight but just move the lure. If I want to fish a bait moving I will just use a little jig head. Another method is a simple spit shot a few inches above the hook. This works well in the sea especially with the biodegradable baits such as Berkeley Gulp or Isome. Haven't tried it with worms but I am sure it would work OK.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would agree when fishing deep water close in or off a boat but I do cast the drop shot and then do a combination of shaking the lure and twitching back.
The jig head on the end and drop shot above works like this and the jig head will get taken as well as the drop shot, saying this it is only something I have done from a boat.
I guess the drop lob method would also work like this maybe even with a worm on the jig head and one on the drop shot hook, perhaps something to try on an any method trout fishery, you have a few of those I guess.
Not something for the purists.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not something for the purists.
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Not something I really give a toss about, Laughing

This type of fishing is just the most incredible fun regardless of what you catch.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What size hook do you use when sea fishing ?
I am hoping to give it a go next time I am n Cornwall.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What size hook do you use when sea fishing ?
I am hoping to give it a go next time I am n Cornwall.
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As always it depends on the bait or lure. Generally sizes 6 - 10.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been having more fun over the last couple of weeks with the worms live and plastic on drop shot.
One of my club lakes is proving to be a revelation for the amount of Perch in it, they have been coming out up to about a pound Very Happy

I am mixing the live worms up with the plastics to see if the bite drops off when the plastic goes on, which it does tend to.
If the bailiff is not around I may tie on a dropper and fish a plastic on the top and live on the bottom hook and see what happens.

Do you think prawns would work drop shot in the sea ?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Do you think prawns would work drop shot in the sea ?
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Absolutely, yes. So will strips of squid, mackerel and ragworm.
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