Hey, Bass Resource fans, Mike Iaconelli here. I want to talk to you about dropshotting. I’m going to go over three things you needto do to really become a better dropshot fishermanand understand dropshotting. The first one is probably the most simplething you’re ever going to hear, but it’sone of the most important. That is actuallynot moving the bait. It’s a really hard thingto do because, in fishing, for years and years,we’ve been taught to make a cast, to use ourrod and our reel to impart action on the bait. But in dropshotting, it’s really the essenceof neutral action, or natural movement. The first thing in dropshotting I want youto do is that when you make a cast and youget that bait down to where you’re fishing,instead of shaking your rod, or dragging,or hopping it, I want you to just leave itthere. Just hold it in place. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking,“Why am I going to do that? The bait’s notgoing to move. ” It’s going to move, if youthink about it. First of all, we’ve got current. There’s current in every body of water wefish. Obviously, if it’s a river, there’scurrent, man-made reservoirs, there’s current,but even in natural lakes, even in a littlepond, there’s current. Things like wind. Thingslike boat traffic. All that creates a naturalcurrent. So the bait’s sitting on the bottomwithout you moving it, it’s going to havea very neutral, natural movement. The other thing is we all move inherently. If you take your hand and you put it in frontof you and you look at it, nobody’s perfectlystill. We all have a little shake to us andwhen you cast that bait out there, you letit get to the bottom and you just hold itthere, that natural movement of your handis transmitted through the rod, down the lineto the bait, and it’s going to impart thatsubtle movement of the bait. The first tipfor dropshotting is, “Don’t move the bait. “Make a cast and let it sit on the bottom. The second tip I have for dropshotting, andit’s an important one, is the hook set afteryou get that bite. This is a hard one forme personally because I love jacking fish. It’s one of my favorite things in the worldto do, is to have a big jig, or a big wormand then to jack those fish, to rip thosefish. In dropshotting, you’ve got to get awayfrom that mentality. I want you to use a hooksettechnique called a sweep set technique. Basically, in a sweep set technique, you’renot jacking the fish. You’re not ripping thefish, but you’re gently reeling into thatbite. When you’re dropshotting and you’vegot the bait out there and you’re not movingit and all of a sudden you get that bite andhe starts swimming away, hold yourself back. Don’t jack that fish. When you feel that movement of that fish goingaway, I want you to get your body, get yourrod and sweep your rod to the side. At thesame time, step back. When you do that, yourrod’s going to load up and that little hook,whatever kind of hook you’re using, is goingto get into that fish’s mouth and you’re goingto have that fish hooked. Stop yourself fromjacking that fish. Step back and sweep yourrod and 99. 9% of the time you’re going tohook that fish up and he’s going to be inthe boat. Tip number two, “Don’t jack thefish. ” Sweep step into them and that fishis going to get in the boat. The last tip I want to give you is real importantwhen you’re fishing dropshot in deeper water. This is using your electronics as your underwatereyes. In its simplest form, when you’re inshallow water, or you’re in super clear water,you can use your eyes. You put on your polarizedglasses, you see a fish swimming, you throwthat dropshot to him, you catch him. Whenyou’re in deep water, when you’re in dirtywater, off colored water, when you’re in 30,40, 50 feet, you can’t see those fish withyour eyes, your physical eyes, but you’regoing to use your electronics to see thosefish. I want you to use your graph. I wantyou to mount that transducer on the foot ofyour trolling motor. I want you to turn yoursensitivity up and, finally, I want you toturn your ping speed up. Every depth finderin the world, whether it’s Lowrance, or someother brand, you’re going to be able to goin and turn your ping speed to its maximumsetting. When you do that, you’re going toget real time response from your depth finder. When you’re in that deep water, dirty water,click your bail and hold your dropshot rightby the foot of the trolling motor. As youdo that, keep an eye on your graph. Now thatyou’ve got your sensitivity up, you’ve gotyour ping speed super high, you’re going tobe able to see things come on the screen asthey happen. When you see anything that’sout of the ordinary, if it’s a fish arc, ifit’s a cloud, a ball of bait, or even if it’sjust a little change in bottom contour, Iwant you to instantly drop that bait downto the bottom. Your bail’s already clicked,so you’re instantly going to drop it. As youdrop it, you’re going to be able to see yourline going down. You’re going to be able tosee the weight, and you’re going to be ableto see the bait. It’s the most unbelievable thing, but withtoday’s depth finders, especially Lowranceunits, you’re going to see it all happen. As that bait falls, you’re actually goingto be able to see it get to that change, thatfish, or that ball of bait, or that changein the bottom, you’re going to see it fallto it. A lot of times as it happens, you seethat fish rise up, you can stop the bait. All of a sudden, the fish is going to grabit. You do that sweep step, and you’ve gotit in the boat. Tip number three is learnto use your electronics as your underwatereyes and drop to those fish. If you use those three tips when you’re dropshotting,I guarantee you’re going to become a betterdropshotter. Mike Iaconelli for Bass Resource.