The BEST Multi-Species Rig for Beginners (How To Drop-Shot)Jun 09, 2021
Guys welcome back to the store, as you can see it's a bit of a mess, we're adding more shelves so it's exciting but it's kind of a mess at the moment. Today I'm going to show you a technique that might be new to you, it may not be, it's called
shot, I think it's one of the
beginners, for perch, crappie, walleye, smallmouth bass, it's very versatile and for someone who may not have very good skills. I don't feel the same fish, I feel like it's a good rig because essentially what it is is the weight on the bottom, a hook a couple of inches up with the bait and the key is to keep the weight on the bottom as often as are. fishing, you know jigs and that kind of stuff, you want to swim six to 12 inches off the bottom to stay in that strike zone, but the beauty of the
shotis the weight is on the bottom, the bait is on top, as long as your weight is on the bottom, your lure is in the perfect strike zone, so we'll talk more about that yet, but I have some casts that are actually pretty ideal for drop shots.
This is the one we'll be playing with the most today. It's called a cross carrot, it's like a typical drop shot minnow mold and we have others, some smaller ones for crappie and things like that, but that's the main mold we're going to use today. I'll be pouring in some soft plastics which I love, I love making my own lures and making these types of videos and then we'll hit the water and see if we can catch some fish with them. I'm going to show you the ins and outs of the drop shot, how I set it up, the first thing we're going to do is put on some safety gear, we're going to melt some plastic and I'm not going to get too deep into making the lure, but here we go.
We're not going to do too much of the plastisol today, it looks good, put it on for three minutes for the first run while it heats up in the microwave. Typically, it takes a couple of two to three minute increments to reach the temperature. Greetings to the princess. Auto, you've been associated with my channel for a while and you help make it possible for me to make YouTube videos for you guys to watch. A big thank you to them, as you can see I use their gloves a lot. you can get skins there and this is actually something new i got for making lures.
These are C clamps that I need to clamp over my mold, but there is something that is unique about this, maybe it's not a big deal, maybe they've been around for a long time I've never seen them before, but the typical clamp on C, you know, you just roll it up to turn it, but this one has a button, so it's just quick release, so if you want to make a bunch of molds at once. once it just saves me from winding it like 4700 times so anyway princess auto link them under some of these tools that I'm using anyway let's get ready because I don't want hot plastic on me and once reaches the temperature, we will probably add we will not add any dye, but we will just add a little bit of glitter to give it a little bit of tone, we will probably go with a bluish or gold color, we will probably use Blueish reddish minnow pattern with an iridescent type shine, but of all Anyways, here we go.
I'm going to grab my molds now that they're secured in my C-clamp. This is my injector. I'm going to pour the plastic. on this baby and this is what it pumps into the mold, okay, now it's got a good consistency, look at that nice blue color, now we're going to add a little bit of that, okay, here we go, I overdid it, here we go, we gave it the baits a minute to cool, here's the carrot cross, the one we're going to use today, sometimes the first pour doesn't come out perfect, but I think it's perfect, look at this, we're going to make it here.
You will see the magic, oh darling, they look pretty. I love molds that do many things at once. Check these out, I'll rip you one off that looks absolutely phenomenal and in a drop shot will be a real treat for anything that swims. right there, alright guys, now I'm going to show you how I make a drop shot of what you need, so on the bottom row here, those are all the drop shot weights, so as you can see, they have quite a variety in what what we're using so they can go anywhere in between, usually they probably want to go as light as possible to still feel like the bottom suits their situation.
I'm just going to go to a larger scale to show you guys to make it easy. look for the camera when it comes to hooks, there are specific drop shot hooks, there is a wide delicate gap, I mean there are a ton of different options, I think a size six or a size four can work pretty well , but you can definitely go bigger too. this is what I like to use for smallmouth here is a gamma gatsu I think it's an oh I'd probably say a size four, size two somewhere in there um so there's the hook and the weight though that's pretty much everything you need plus the plastic, so as far as rigging goes I would probably use eight pound braid for a main line and then eight pounds of fluoro for the leader material.
In this case, I'm just going to use this orange line to show you the knot. I'd like to use it a little better and just to show you how to set up the rig right, so let's pretend this comes off the tip of my rod. This is a knot that apparently that's like Aaron Martens, which is a pro bass. Fisherman, one of the
bestdrop shot guys out there, this is how he ties them and this is how I've copied it, so it's a double knot and there are hooks for specific drop shots that have twists that could make it a little bit more easy to lace, but that's how Aaron Webb told me he learned from Aaron Martens, so now I'm going to have to use a bigger hook.
This is the hook I'm going to use for a demonstration. It's a big flip style hook, but you're still going to take the line and bend it right there, then run it through the top of the eye and tie a single knot. I have that double line, I have the tag end and then I have the tag end here and then I have the main line that goes to the rod, so I'm going to take it with my fingers and I'm going to make a single knot now with double, so I'm twisting it, you can see right there, taking that double, I'm twisting it and now I'm going to wrap that double piece of thread about four times, you can see. it's sliding here, so it's on.
I'm going to pull the end of the tag onto the main line. Now you can wet it too and it's going to fit, so now you have a weird, curved tag end that I'm going to cut off. You trim it nice and tight, so this is the key part right now. You have this end of the tag right here. You will take that end of the tag and thread it back through the eye of the hook. I'm going to pass it back down and now what it's going to do is how that weight sits, it's actually going to force the hook, so I'm going to lay down here.
You can see when I put tension on it right now, when I put tension on it, it wants to keep that hook straight and that's why you want it when a smiley comes in, eat well, so the next step is to hold your weight. There are weights attached. You can see this one has a little clip-on piece on the top, so basically everything. what you're going to do is slide your line through that little clamp and then wherever you want, so if the fish bites, you know two inches off the bottom, four inches away, you might want to lock your weight there if the fish bites, you know, 12 inches off the bottom, you lock it, that's all I'm going to do now, I'm going to take that line and I'm just going to pull on it, it may not work. how thick this line is, but now it's going to do it, so I pulled that line and now you can see that it just made a notch, it just made a notch there, right there, the weight is more likely to come off and break of what is lost on the entire rig, so you could even leave that tag there if you want to adjust it later, but right now this is your drop shot rig, you have your weight, you have your lure on the bottom and then, As for hooking it, obviously this is not the right size example, but you're going to hook your new bait just like that and then when that weight hits the bottom and you're moving the rod tip, that bait is just going to dance on the water column, so that's a drop. shooting gear as far as rods go, I like a 7 2 to 7 6 medium light rod with a nice soft tip, okay guys that's all for shop talk, there's your drop shot gear Obviously you don't want to use a line like this or a hook like this, but that's the basics, next we're off to the lake in the woods to hopefully catch some fish, okay guys, we've been driving around for a bit, I think we have located some bass, I'm going to try to do that. video game for you, we are literally right on the edge of the ice, this is funny, the platform was created, I chose a gold color and we are like on top of the reef here, I zoomed in, so I hope you guys I can see some little video games.
I'm just letting that weight hit the bottom and I'm just holding my bait a couple inches away. It looks like there's a fish gliding over there on the left. I can't see my bait, but I see a fish moving and now I'm just keeping the bait on the bottom and I'm just shaking it with a slack line, so now these bass are going to be in kind of the wintering area where they finished the year. You'll find them right at the beginning of the year, so you know, deeper humps, rock points, look at that fish coming.
I'm going to try to get him to chase it a little. He is right below so you can see my bait. on the bottom there is a fish that comes and caught it, oh that was great, small fishing and literally there is ice, oh my god that's not small, look at the size of that perch. Wow guys, look at that perch, it's a big fat perch, we'll keep it. boy, wow, I thought they were all smaller, very cool, so I was right at the top, right at the top of the reef, where those chunky rocks are so cool that we're going to try to make it back up to the size of the El Weight really depends on how you are fishing.
You know, heavier weights will probably be more likely to snag. In this case, I may be using a slightly heavier weight than I need because I want to keep it under. reach live so you guys can know, see what's going on, yeah, we'll see if we can do it again. I'm not convinced they were all perch. I think there are some small ones in the mix. People often ask me why I have a tiller and it's this type of fishing where you're trying to stay on top of the fish and move with your electronics right there, it's a little bit harder to do on a console boat.
I mean, obviously console boats have their positives too, but for a scenario like this, it's really nice to stay on top of these fish and stay mobile. Well, I'm just seeing some rocky debris at the bottom and I think the little ones might be hiding there. Oh, look, that's it. a snake but a fish could take it off the snag there's a fish approaching it would be nice if a fish came out of the snake oh he did it, he did it that's ridiculous that was cool I think this will be a great bass very fun with a homemade bait like you know which is not a great bass.
Don't know. It just has something. We have a small mouth. We have perch. Jay's jigs are back in business and we're about to hit an iceberg. down there drop down the drop shot so you can see I'm just taking the rapist off the rock there, the low lake rocks, oh there we go connected, this could be another big perch, check this out, the perch population in the lake from the forest it's just ridiculous we're going to have a fried perch tonight boys and girls amazing amazing on that big bait oh I just missed him he's still there oh I missed him again but oh no oh oh I'm missing so many okay, well, you too you can throw it we'll try it just because we're not crushing them right now so the thing to remember is the weight is supposed to be on the bottom when you shake it good you can swim and stuff too but that weight on the bottom, you can just shake the rod with a slack line, which is different than a lot of techniques because normally you need to move the weight of the lure, but in this case that way it's sitting on the bottom and when you make your rod move when you make the line slack that bait dances up and down so you can float with it you can cast with it we're going to try to drop it quickly 30 feet it looks nice and with debris I could be fishing on top of the rock like right where I'm landing is the fish oh that was subtle I thought it was another perch but it's getting too big to be a perch another small one wow those fish are slow the water is cold 30-39 we have another very small mouth that looks like a fish below us there's the weight there's the bait you can see falling you can even see my line look at that fish coming two of them there we go that's decent oh man another small mouth a very small mouth One thing I definitely have to say about these baits is to hook them with your nose.
You know how I like to do it. I think thata lot of people do it, but the thing is, they can break very easily, so don't throw them away once they are torn. Once broken one thing you can do is shorten it or secondly to get water in the lens you can shorten it or secondly keep them and remelt them if you start making your own baits. There's just no reason to throw the baits out because you pick up a bunch of them and all of a sudden you can, you know, melt to melt a new group, there's a fish under us, just moving from hump to hump looking for fish as much as I'm looking for fish. .
I'm paying attention to the type of bottom composition right now and because the ones fishing are hiding in the rocks, but I'm looking for deeper rocks and you know, 25 to 25 to 30 is what I'm entering, here we're going to look. seeing this fish showing up, oh oh, I made him look at that big mass, it was right next to the rock, right where you'd expect it to be, it's more of a chunky early season bass eating my homemade bait, so good, I think we've got another fish sailing to the left let's get closer oh look at it look at it I can't see my bait but I can see the fish I'm just going to hold that weight on the bottom and shake the rod tip I won't even try to move the weight and move the entire rig.
Look he's in it. There is no reason to move the rig when the bait moves perfectly in your face. I can see more fish down there. There is another fish in the distance. oh we're on to the jackpot now, another thick little mouth on that beautiful bait and they all hook up nicely on the top of the mouth here's another one coming, two of them coming, come on, here we go, here we go, oh that. It was good, it was so good that we didn't play with those fish for a while. That's closer and that's the best part about bass this time of year.
Usually, if you find one, you find a lot. I think there's a fish watching. Look at me, look at this, that's a little better, come on, baby, be the one who wants a decent little one. 10 in the afternoon, not a monster, but by far the biggest, not three pounds today, but no complaints for my first small session of the year, very good, jumbo. posing big smallies, this is also a deadly technique for walleyes and is a great technique for
beginners. I also do it a lot for walleye fishing when I'm guiding because the thing is you just have to tell whoever you're fishing to keep that weight on the bottom, if you can keep the weight on the bottom you know you're keeping the bait in the zone of impact, which you know five to ten inches, which is very good for you, you know deeper bass for perch and walleye, so if you know they have kids in the boat or something that can't feel the bottom?
It's good to give them a very heavy weight, put the bait a couple of inches up and they will catch fish, but thank you all for I hope you like the lure making videos. If you have any other suggestions, comment below and don't forget to wear your life jackets. Thank you all for watching.
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