LURE TACTICS FROM THE DEEP SOUTH
While drop shotting works well enough in open water, many venues are weedy or snaggy and fishing them effectively can be very difficult.
In these situations we need to look at lure tactics developed for catching bass in the southern states of the USA, where lush weedbeds often hold all the fish.
You can use your drop shotting gear for these tactics, just swapping the rig and bait to get the right effect. The
easiest to use is the Texas Rig, basically a small sliding weight – you can use a drilled bullet – sliding on the line above a wide-gape hook. The hook and the lure, normally a plastic worm or small ‘creature’ bait, are critical, as the bait needs to be rigged weedless so it does not snag on the retrieve, but can instantly spring up when a fish bites down on the lure. You can fish it anywhere, from crawling it along the bottom in the depths of winter, to stop-go retrieves up in the water in the summer. An alternative to the Texas is the Carolina Rig, where the weight is stopped about a foot up the line from the hook. Under the weight of the hook the lure falls fantastically slowly, and will bring more bites when the fish want such a presentation.
Texas (left) and Carolina rigs are great for perch.