Bass Fishing Dropshot Rigs - Greg DiPalma

The Bass University's own Greg DiPalma hosts this unique in-class/on-the-water hybrid seminar on dropshot bass fishing. In the first in-class seminar portion, Greg talks about his equipment, favorite baits, leader lengths, weights, hooks and more. He then covers 2 times he relies heavily on a dropshot: bed fishing for spawning bass and fishing for smallmouth bass. Lastly, he answers some questions about line twisting, what action you're imparting to a dropshot and more.

Then, Greg DiPalma takes you out on a tidal river to demonstrate tying and rigging a dropshot, identifying key targets in the river current and sharing some tips for fishing the bait and triggering bites from bass.

You can buy Greg DiPalma's dropshot bass fishing tackle at Tackle Warehouse.

  • 0:17 What is a dropshot (aka drop shot) rig?
  • 1:49 Why fish a dropshot rig for bass?
  • 2:18 The origins of the dropshot rig and how it's evolving
  • 3:07 Dropshot tournament bass fishing success
  • 4:11 Making bass eat when they don't want to eat
  • 6:04 When is a dropshot good for bass fishing?
  • 6:38 Fishing for spawning bass with a dropshot rig
  • 8:29 How Greg DiPalma likes to Texas rig a dropshot
  • 12:45 Other bait options for dropshotting bass on the bed
  • 13:35 Smallmouth bass fishing with a dropshot
  • 17:11 Powershotting and weight selection
  • 20:45 Leader lengths for dropshotting
  • 23:08 Line weights for main line and leader
  • 25:01 Primary ways to rig a dropshot rig
  • 31:10 Managing line twists
  • 34:36 Setting the leader length based on your electronics
  • 36:00 What made Greg DiPalma start using a dropshot after years of reluctance?
  • 37:53 When the light comes on and you realize how good a dropshot is for catching bass
  • 40:27 What are you trying to make a dropshot rig do or look like?
  • 42:21 Greg DiPalma takes you on the water and demonstrates tying a Texas rigged dropshot rig
  • 47:01 Fishing current with a dropshot rig
  • 49:42 Casting accuracy with a spinning reel
  • 51:25 Why fish setup predictably on incoming tide
  • 52:00 Why fish a hand-poured worms like a Roboworm Straight Tail Worm
  • 53:00 Fishing a pinch point or a bottleneck in the current

Related Bass Fishing Topics

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