A drop shot and smallmouth bass go hand in hand; however, many anglers overlook targeting smallmouth in grass where crawfish and minnows abound. Wired2Fish’s Mitch Anderson shares some pointers on targeting grassline smallmouth using a Texas-rigged drop shot worm.
TACKLE USED (*additional products at the bottom):
- Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Flat Worm, Color: Smoke Black Purple
- Berkley Fusion19 Aberdeen Hook, size: 2
- VMC Ike Tungsten Cylinder Drop Shot Weight, 1/4-ounce
- Berkley X5 Braided Line, 8lb – Crystal
- Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Line, 8 lb – Clear
- Abu Garcia Veracity Spinning Rod (Replaces Villain)
- Abu Garcia REVO SX 30 Spinning Reel
Mitch explains why he prefers a long-shanked, light wire hook paired with finesse plastics like the Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Flat Worm. Riding a wave of tournament success, the Flat Worm has become the go-to smallmouth bass drop shot plastic due to its effective scent and soft texture. When Texas-rigged, the thin worm slips through grass with ease and generates bites few baits can rival.