Drop shotting is a popular and relatively easy technique for catching predator species like perch. Today’s blog will help you get started with your drop shot fishing.

drop shot rod

Step 1.

You will need to look for a rod with something between about 6-8ft long. The important part is it wants to be very light, you want to be able to hold it in your hand all day and not get tired or strain your muscles. The other thing is you want to look for a rod with a casting weight of around 0-15 grams, which means it’s very soft action and very delicate. Heavier rods of upwards of 20 grams, you probably won’t be able to feel the bite through the rod tip.

Reel with braid on

Step 2.

On the rod, I’ve got a small reel with braid. I found this for around £20. So this rod and real combo you’re looking at under £60, which is pretty good for a starter drop shot set up.

tackle for drop shot

Step 3.

You don’t need much kit to set up a drop shot. The following items are:

  • 4-8lb Fluorocarbon – you need to find what strength of line is best for you based on how big the fish is and how many snags there are in front of you.
  • Size 6 drop shot hooks – This is perfect for soft plastic lures worms. You can use bigger hooks, maybe size 4 if you’re going for a slightly bigger fish using larger baits.
  • Drop shot weights – This is what you’re going to connect on your line to give you weight to cast and pull your bait down to the bottom.
braid on a drop shot rod

Tip 1.

Braid is important because if you don’t have braid on your reel, you won’t feel the bite so much and you won’t be able to impart the action into your lure or worm. Braid doesn’t stretch every time you twitch the rod the bait twitches as well. With normal fishing line, you twitch the rod but actually, because of the stretch, you’re not directly in contact with your bait.

Cutting Flurocarbon

Step 4.

Take 1 1/2 -2ft of fluorocarbon, and cut that to length.

Creating a palomar knot

Step 5.

Mount the hook by threading it onto the line, doubling the line over on itself, and tying a palomar knot. I have another blog on the website that shows you how to tie a bunch of different knots including the palomar knot here: https://www.fishwithcarl.co.uk/tutorial/how-to-tie-a-palomar-knot/


Tying a drop shot hook

Step 6.

Thread the line back through the eye of the hook, you do this because it kicks the hook out and holds it at the angle you want, ready to hook a fish. 


Albright drop shot knot

Step 7.

Attach the drop shot rig to the braid just by tying a couple of overhand loops and looping them together. You can also use an albright knot.


Drop shot weight

Step 8.

Attach the drop shot weight to the end of the fluorocarbon. You can put this any distance away from the hook and what it does is that will sit on the bottom and your hook will be up above it. If there is lots of weed, you might want to have it further away from the weight so your hook stays above the weeds.
If you want to fish close to the bottom, maybe you spotted fish right down on the deck. Then you can put the weight just beneath the hook.


Tight line on a drop shot

Step 9.

You’re ready to start fishing. Cast in and let the weight go all the way down to the bottom and once it’s down there, tighten up the line until you can just feel the weight. This is where having a sensitive rod tip comes into play, because the trick with the drop shot is to actually jiggle the bait very gently rather than just chucking it out and reeling it straight back in again, I actually prefer to throw it in, let it sink to the bottom, let it sit still for a bit and then give it some tiny little wiggles before ever so slowly bringing it back towards me.


Setting a hook on a drop shot

Step 10.

So when you actually feel a bite and the line is tight the rod tip just taps a little bit, you want to set the hook quite firmly. Perch have got quite bony mouths, so to actually hook the fish, you do need to give it a good, solid lift of the rod, I would advise striking reasonably quick because perch can quite easily swallow your bait.


Using forceps to un hook a perch

Step 11.

Once you actually hook into a perch sometimes they can be quite ferocious and swallow your bait pretty deep, this is when forceps are needed, I would recommend always bringing a set of forceps when you’re going perch fishing.


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