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Why You Need to Drop Shot Swimbaits for Bass (Drop Swimming)

Worms remain the most common soft plastic lure type for drop shotting, but innovative anglers are adapting other lure categories to the rig. Drop shotting swimbaits is a grossly overlooked presentation that when applied properly, can outfish just about anything.


Megabass Hazedong Shad, 4.2” Green Pumpkin Shad
• Megabass Destroyer USA Spinning Rod (discontinued), check out the updated Destroyer P5 (JDM) Spinning Rods
Lazer TroKar Drop Shot Hook, size 1
Seaguar Smackdown Braided Line Green, 15lb
Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon Line (leader), 8lb
• Shimano Stradic Ci4+ Spinning Reel (discontinued), check out the updated Stradic FL Spinning Reel
Minn Kota Ultrex i-Pilot Link Trolling Motor, 36V 112 lbs 60”

Professional angler Chris Zaldain has perfected the art of what he calls drop swimming. Instead of a worm, Chris nose hooks a finesse swimbait and makes short pitch casts. He lets the bait hit bottom, then slowly reels the swimbait in with the tungsten weight ticking the bottom. This allows you to cover more water while delivering a minnow profile at the desired distance off the bottom. The right bait factors in heavily; high-end finesse swimbaits with thin perpendicular boot tails also work well when “video gaming” below the boat. Just jerk the slack as you normally would, and the tail comes alive like a struggling baitfish.

Chris covers the gamut from lure selection, how to rig, preferred rod reel and line, as well as location and boat control nuances that will put bass in the boat pretty much anytime, anywhere.