Time and time again, I have watched fishermen approach the bank moving from one piece of cover to the next. They rarely attempt a cast into the middle or even approach a prime piece of cover, perhaps making a few casts around the outside edge, and occasionally take a fish. They never even make one cast into the very back of the cover. Why…? “For fear they will lose a lure, or worse, lose a big fish.” Stop for a second and read that sentence again… I would bet my favorite flippin’ stick that you’ve heard people say that before. Heck, I’d bet that you may have even said it yourself.
One of the biggest lures of bass fishing is the competitive nature of the sport. At any level, it’s competing against the fish on an afternoon out, your buddy on a Saturday morning or in the structured setting of a professional tournament, it is competition in a pure form. This fact causes us to occasionally encounter the malady that every competitor, in every sport has to face “The Slump.” Like the slumping baseball player who is a half a blink slow on a fastball, guessing wrong on the curve and when he does make solid contact hits it directly at the waiting fielder, we can fall into the same rut.
If you’ve ever fished a drop shot rig, here’s a couple modifications that you can make that can help draw fish towards your rig. As I’m sure you know drop shotting allows you to suspend your lure while maintaining contact with the bottom. It’s rigged with the lure tied above the weight so you can shake and twitch your lure while keeping it in the strike zone. The drop shot rig can be extremely effective at times. Most anglers I know stick with the traditional drop shot rig, but here’s something a bit different that might give you that fishing advantage you’ve been looking for.