For some reason, among South Africa saltwater lure anglers, bucktail jigheads are referred to as dropshot.
This is not accurate.
The dropshot is an American bass fishing technique. It’s not a lure per se, but rather a technique to present a soft plastic bait in a specific manner.
A proper dropshot technique involves adding a hook to your fishing line ABOVE the weight, as opposed to the more traditional rig of adding a sinker, followed by your hook (which, in many cases, is kept a certain distance from the weight by a swivel).
The dropshot weight is added to the line via a special clip that forms part of the weight. The line literally snags into the clip, ensuring that the last thing dangling from the tip of your rod is a sinker.
Because the dropshot technique depends on your line lying virtually parallel to your stance, it’s a technique best left for closeup fishing. You don’t cast a dropshot rig; you drop it. Therefore, it’s a technique that requires you to get as close to your target fishing spot as possible.
A few feet above the dropshot sinker sits your hook. To this you add a soft plastic bait of your choice, whether it be a plastic worm or lizard, or whatever sort of soft plastic bait you prefer.
Once you’ve dropped your line into the water, your soft plastic bait should lie at a 90 degree angle to your fishing line. Then you simply wiggle your rod. If a fish is nearby and your lure looks tasty, you’ll go home a happy fisherman!
I’ve never really utilised the dropshot technique, since I prefer to spend my time hunting leeries, which require casting. However, I can imagine that this setup is a bass killer and worth trying if you’re on a boat or at the edge of a steep drop-off where lunker bass lurk. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you!
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