Drop Shot for Bluegill

Drop shot rigs have been used years by anglers seeking a variety of fish species. I have found it to be a very useful technique for bluegill fishing, especially when they retreat to the depths in the summer and winter months. It allows for maximal control for a presentation that is typically slower moving or completely still.

The classic drop shot rig is a hook or jig tied onto the line using a Palmor knot that has a long tag end remaining. A weight is then attached to the tag end under the hook. That distance will be how far off the bottom the bait will be held and can be adjusted as you get bites, or not, and figure out what the best distance from the bottom is to attract fish that day. The technique is to keep the weight in contact with the bottom while either keeping the bait still or imparting some kind of action to get the attention of the bluegill.

The bait or lure used with this presentation is almost endless. Simple hooks with soft plastic bodies, hand ties flies, live baits, something from the Gulp Alive line, and so on. Change the lure offering, color and presentation until you dial in the bite and start loading your bucket with bluegill the size of your head. But pay close attention to your line as bluegill will sometimes strike while moving up which is only indicated by a slack line.

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