Professional bass angler Josh Bertrand credits the drop shot as his favorite and most often used technique for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. He sits down with Wired2Fish to share his preferred bait profiles for each bass species, relating the selections to habitat preferences and available forage. Both often dictate rigging methods such as Texas rigging vs. exposed hook nose hooking.
Follow this guidance to ensure you’re stocked appropriately to target each species, and also experiment. There are no hard rules in fishing, just rules of thumb based on observation and experience — breaking convention can often lead to excellent catches.