Can you drop shot in saltwater?

I’ve used drop-shotting for Bass but have heard that it can be effective when saltwater fishing. Is it the same technique?

Drop-shotting is actually one of the preferred techniques for Bass fishing and it‘s actually beginning to see quite a bit of cross over into fishing for other species of fish including saltwater fishermen.   A drop-shot rig consists of a hook tied to the main line about 18 inches above an extended tag end upon which you tie your weight.  While the original concept of the dropshot is to place the bait right in front of a fish in deeper water, most of the drop-shot weights are not heavy enough to get as deep as you might have to in saltwater.  Using a pyramid or bell sinker will work instead.  To use this rig in saltwater, you can modify it a little by adding a fluorocarbon leader.  You then attach the hook to the leader rather than the line itself.  With it’s popularity increasing among saltwater fishermen, a few manufacturers have introduced dropshot hooks that are designed to tie onto the leader. This configuration is excellent for use when fishing a reef, piling or jetties.  Since the drop-shot rig does tend to limit the movement of the bait, you’re better off using cut or dead bait instead of live bait when fishing in saltwater.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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