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best drop shot rod under 100 – reviewed in 2017

The finesse technique of Drop-shotting your lures has become very popular among bass fishermen recently. Drop-shotting is a way to entice predatory behavior in fish who either are not that predatory or are at a low activity level during the colder winter months.

When to Use the Drop Shot​

You want to use the drop-shot technique when you are angling for fish who spend their time near the bottom of a lake or stream.

Where to Use the Drop Shot

Drop-shotting is best used in lakes during the winter months when looking for Large-mouth Bass but can also be used in rivers. You want to use a larger weight so that the bait will stay in the spot you want it to.

How to Use the Drop Shot

First you want to pick a lighter line that you would usually use, 6-10 pound line works best. You want to attach your hook about 18 inches from the end of the line using a Palomar knot. At the end of the line tie on a drop-shot weight. Attach a finesse style lure to your hook. Four inch worms, grub or tubes work best though some folk have been using fly fishing streamers on their drop-shot rigs.

When putting you lure in the water you want to just drop it off the side of the boat instead of casting it. Ease the weight down until you get some slack, that is when you know the weight is on the bottom. Reel in the slack until the line is tight.

Shake the rod gently to impart a wiggling action to the lure that looks attractive to the fish. When the fish bites you will feel a tug or sideways movement. Reel in hard to set the hook but don't horse the rod up as you still have a light line on your rod. Once you land your fish then check your rig to make sure it is still good to go and put it back in the water for another go.

What to consider before choosing drop shot rod

Action:The term action refers to how and where the rod bends. For Drop-shotting you want the rod to bend more towards the tip as the technique requires the rod to impart motion to the lure and line. This is called a fast action rod. This also gives some strength for when you have a strong fish on the line.

Power:The ideal power for drop-shotting is a Medium-Light rod. This will give you a limber rod that allows for some good flex when a fish surges on your line.​

Line and Lure Rating:You are going to want a 6-10 pound line and a 1/4 oz in weight to make this technique work well. So your rod only needs a 4-10 pound line rating.​

You can find some of the best Drop shots Rod under 100 &  these are valuable for the money. These are

Drop Shot rod reviews

Okuma Scott Martin Concept TCS Technique Specific Rods

These tournament concept rods were designed with tournament bass fishing in mind. The are well made but light and flexible and good for punching through heavy cover on Lake Okeechobee.

Pros

Versatile rod that can accommodate a number of different techniques

Very responsive to small movements and bumps a lure makes

Very light for a heavy action rod

Good Power and Distance on casts with good accuracy

Cons

None really

Wright & McGill Skeet Reese Micro Honeycomb Drop Shot Rod

This is a fast action spinning rod that was built with drop-shotting in mind. It is very sensitive and it is easy to feel the fish move around the bait with this rod.

Pros

Good rod strength

Good durability

Cons

Eyes don't let the line pass smoothly when drop-shotting straight down.

Shimano Sellus 1-Piece Drop-shot Spin Rod

This is a one piece rod specifically designed for the drop-shotting technique. It has very good quality for its price point and very good craftsmanship.

Pros

Affordable

1 year Warranty

Designed specifically for drop-shotting

Light weight

Best Quality for its price point

Cons​

​Not as durable as more expensive rods

Lighter construction

Final conclusion​

The drop-shotting technique is a great tool in any bass fisherman's arsenal. The biggest thing to remember is to keep the line tight so you can feel any bites or interest by the bass. If something seems off then go ahead and set the bait. Sensitive rods can help but nothing beats experience. Some prefer to use it with a casting technique to search larger areas while others prefer to drop it into a congregation of bass they have already found. Don't be afraid to try it out and practice with it and find out what works best for you.​

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