Video: How To Choose A Drop Shot Weight | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
A drop shot fishing rig, under water. Photos and video by Jon Russelburg

Fishing a drop shot is one of my favorite techniques. It works in all conditions. Whether you are fishing a river, a small ponds or a huge lake, the drop shot is always deadly. Thats why I keep one tied on. 

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The leader can be as long or short as you want, I prefer 12-inches. 

A drop shot rig is simple. You have a hook at the end of your line like normal, but you add a leader to the end of your hook with a weight, so your bait stays about a foot off of the bottom. Some people tie the end of the weight off, but I like to let it hang free. That way if I get hung up, I only lose a weight and not my whole rig.

The biggest choice to make when fishing a drop shot is what type of weight to use. I keep both lead and tungsten weights in my tackle tray and use them both, depending on the situation.

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Tungsten comes in a smaller profile, but you pay a premium.

Tungsten is a denser material than lead. So tungsten weights give you a smaller profile, while weighing the same as a lead weight. It also means that tungsten weights are harder than lead weights. This hardness translates to a louder “knock” sound when the weight hits hard surfaces like rocks or submerged trees. 

The problem with tungsten is that it is really expensive. So I like to only use tungsten when fishing a drop shot in certain circumstances.

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The lead weight keeps the bait in the strike zone in this sandy bottom.

If I am fishing a river or a lake with a soft or muddy bottom, I will use a lead weight. My whole purpose of using a drop shot in that area would be to keep my bait up 12-or-so inches from the ground, so it is staying in the strike zone. 

Since the bottom is soft, when the weight hits the bottom there is little to no noise so a tungsten weight wouldn't give you much advantage. I like to throw drop shots on the edge of grass beds to entice fish strolling for a meal. Tungsten gives no real advantage here. 

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The tungsten weight makes a loud "knock" when it hits this rocky bottom.

If I am fishing a rocky river bank, or a deep water ledge that is covered in mussel shells, I will use a tungsten weight. The hardness of the tungsten will knock on those rocks and shells and draw attention to your bait.

It also sends more feeling down your line and into your rod handle, so you can feel the bottom better.

By only using your tungsten drop shot weights in the right situations, you will save money and aggravation when you lose the weights. 

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Watch the video below to see the difference between lead and tungsten drop shot weights:

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