Drop Shotting - Nothing New ?

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Drop Shotting - Nothing New ?

Post by DWW » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:58 pm

My recent trip through a load of old " Angling " magazines , has been a bit of a re education in my fishing knowledge and outlook . The so called new methods and tactics are really only a development of existing practise it would seem .

I have tried ( as yet unsuccessfully ) the dropshot style of fishing for Perch .

I was lucky to be in New York last year and of course no visit to the US of A could be without a trip to a tackle shop or two ! The guys in the shop I visited were really helpful and I came away with drop shot worms and hooks plus a few lessons in what and how to do it . They were really interested in the UK Carp scene as they mostly viewed the Carp as a nuisance fish ( ! ) However one of the guys fly fished for Carp and he was full of praise for them .

Anyway back to the magazines . I found this in a 1965 issue :


Basically drop shotting with a " real " worm . Anyone use this method ?

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Re: Drop Shotting - Nothing New ?

Post by Olly » Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:39 pm

Worm 'twitching' has always been used, either when float fishing, free lining or ledgering.

Fly fishing with Sinfoil's fry which was was one I used with great success sink and draw at Weir Wood Reservoir in the early 60's. Alternatives were tandem lures, Alexandra, Black & Silver or Gold, etc - all working well.

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Re: Drop Shotting - Nothing New ?

Post by Mick » Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:42 pm

It wasn't called drop shotting when I used to do it with lobworms. It was just a way of working a worm and avoiding the dreaded crayfish. Good for chub as well as perch, or even the odd jack.

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Re: Drop Shotting - Nothing New ?

Post by Santiago » Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:01 pm

It's a tad different from some modern drop shotting set ups that I've seen and used. Some modern day bespoke drop shotting hooks are designed to be tied about 12" or so above the weight directly to the main line using a palomar knot, with no swivel or hooklink paternoster involved. This allows a much better presentation and twitching. Having a long hooklink /swivel as indicated in the diagram is just a version of legering crossed with floatless stret pegging. Actual drop shotting is different because the worm can be twitched much more effectively.
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Re: Drop Shotting - Nothing New ?

Post by John Aston » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:31 am

Sink and draw is not drop shotting - but many newcomers to dropshotting think it is. That's why they don't catch much. It is sink and retrieve very , very slowly( if at all) and a near continuous wiggle to the lure.'Work the worm and not the weight '.

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Re: Drop Shotting - Nothing New ?

Post by Michael » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:56 am

With Santiago & John here..... when drop shotting vertically, I actually (as others do) attach a small length of savage super elastic braid between the weight & line, which cause the rig to bounce, and bait or rubber to flutter continuously, which drives the perch & chub mad. I`ve tried this, as John has described, with sink & draw method and its effective.....
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Re: Drop Shotting - Nothing New ?

Post by Penninelad » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:22 pm

I now prefer to drop shot using a dropper tied to the link rather than to tie the hook direcky to the link with a Palomar knot.I think the presentation of the lure,worm or fly is better

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