Power Drop Shot
The drop-shot is primarily thought of as a finesse technique. However, its application has evolved, and by altering your equipment, it can easily be adapted for power-fishing.
The drop-shot was introduced to American fishermen around 1990 when it appeared on the TV show, In fisherman. It was touted as an ultra-finesse technique imported from Japan. At the time, the technique was plugged as a potential solution for catching fish when the bite got tough. Today, this finesse presentation is widely used across the country, especially on deep, clear reservoirs and northern lakes dominated by smallmouth. Over the years, several elite series tournaments have been won using the drop-shot technique in those traditional clear, deep water situations, but the drop shots versatility goes far beyond its reputation as a finesse tactic. The” Power Shot” is a variant of the drop-shot where heavier equipment is used in thicker vegetation and cover. In reality, the Power Shot can be used in almost any area you would typically “flip” a jig or heavy soft plastic.
Rigging the “Power Shot” is no different than rigging a normal drop shot, other than the equipment used. I rig my “Power Shot” on a 7Ft Powell MH fast tip rod with an Abu Garcia reel spooled with 17 Lbs. fishing line. Unlike conventional drop-shot rigs, the “Power Shot” is rigged with larger baits, so I use a 4/0 VMC EWG hook on my leader below a Bass Pro shops barrel swivel to accommodate those baits. I always use a Palomar knot to fasten the hook to the leader. Below the hook, I will attach an Eco Pro tungsten drop-shot weight. For the most part, the “Power Shot” is a shallow water technique, so the distance between the weight and the bait seldom exceeds 12” but it can range anywhere from 12” to 36” depends upon the depth being fished.
Bait choice depends largely upon personal preference and the fishing conditions. Some of my favorites are Riot Baits’ Fuzzy Beaver, Havoc bottom hopper. My go-to bait is the Riot Baits’ Fuzzy Beaver. In spite of its larger profile, it slides through grass mats with ease. The Fuzzy Beaver’s ribbed body traps and releases air bubbles, while its tentacles produce an enticing action the bass can’t resist.
When I need something that has a slightly smaller profile, I use Havoc devil spear. It is great fishing around scattered grass and docks. I will downsize to a havoc back slide when the when the bite gets tough or when the fish just want something simple. Make sure you are confident in whatever bait you use, but don’t be afraid to try using other baits if what you are using isn’t working. How you present your “Power Shot” depends largely upon what the fish want, and it is up to you to figure out. It could be dead-sticking, rapidly bouncing the tip of the rod or just a subtle shake. So, if the fish aren’t responding to typical flipping tactics, don’t give up and break out a flimsy finesse rig. Give the bass a “Power Shot”. Good luck and tight lines.