Fishing Tips

Why Drop Shot Bass Fishing Isn’t Always Vertical


The drop shot rig for bass fishing is undoubtedly one of the most popular finesse presentations throughout the country. Although the drop shot is often associated with deep-water, vertical, video game-style fishing, you may be surprised to know it’s also one of the most versatile options in your arsenal. 

Having spent more than the last decade as a professional bass guide on Georgia’s Lake Lanier, it’s a rig on which I heavily rely; it is, without a doubt, the number-one presentation I recommend my instructional clients to learn. I view it as the one of the fundamentals of becoming a more consistent angler and a more versatile tool than the well-known shaky head. It’s something I’ve dedicated a significant amount of time to learning, even though my roots are more in line with shallow-water power techniques.

The drop shot catches bass all year long whether it’s largemouth bass, spotted bass or smallmouth bass. You may have even noticed that it’s starting to become a common tool for triggering big fish on the Tennessee River system. When they’re grouped up offshore and aren’t responding to the oversized baits they’re known for eating, folks have found that downsizing with a finesse approach can activate schools that previously seemed uncatchable.

You don’t always have to fish it vertically, though. Let’s dig into the versatility of the drop shot rig.