Although I don’t use the drop shot method a great deal of the time, there are occasions when I find it beneficial to employ this method.
The one good advantage of using this rig is the fact that you can alter the depth you are fishing very easily by simply un-clipping the weight and moving it either up or down the line. It’s also very simple to swap the weight to a heavier or lighter one depending on altering conditions. If you want to fish at different depths you can also fish with more than one hook, there are times when I fish with two hooks around two feet apart which enables me to fish in different parts of the water column.
For using this method LRF style, I use 4lb flourocarbon for the main rig body but it’s very important to use a heavier line from the the hook to the lead, as 4lb line will break the second you clip the lead on. I use 15lb flourocarbon for this, around a foot in length. Some people only use a few inches of line from the hook to lead, but a foot or so allows me to alter the depth considerably.
I use this method if I want to fish down the harbour walls for a variety of species or when targeting flounder from inner harbours such as at Charlestown or St Ives.
I like this method when flounder fishing as I find that the larger flounder are more keen to come up off the bottom to take a bait, although I don’t fish it far up, maybe no more than 6”. Lure wise, my favourites are the Molix Sator Worm or the Molix Sligozzo, although scented baits such as Isome or a Gulp Sandworm will give you the edge. I like to cast out and employ a simple, very slow retrieval, although slowly bumping the bait back in works too. Once the flounder comes up and takes the lure, it will automatically drop back down to the bottom, generally hooking itself in the process.
I also like using this method when working small lures around weed fringes and down harbour walls. You can drop your weight onto the bottom of a wall and work a couple of lures at different depths right by the wall itself, winding up a couple of turns every minute or so. You can work the whole depth very quickly and move a few feet along each cast. Fish such as blenny can appear out of a wall at any depth, so work the lure right to the surface.
This method is also handy for carefully lowering baits down inbetween rocks and around weed beds as you have a lot more control over it than you do with a split shot rig or jig-head. It’s surprising how many fish appear from nowhere out of weed or from under a rock and grab your lure.