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Drop Shot For Speckled Trout

A drop shot for speckled trout is an excellent choice when fishing deep water. Here's the tried and true method to tying it right the first time.

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Fishing a Drop Shot for Speckled Trout

Catching speckled trout here in Louisiana has less to do with lure color as it has to do with presentation, or getting your bait in front of the fish.

And achieving a good presentation becomes more difficult the deeper water gets.

That is why throwing a drop shot for speckled trout is such a great rig for us inshore anglers, especially in deeper, faster moving water.

In fact, this rig has been one of my best producers as of late.

 What is a Drop Shot?

A drop shot is a simple rig requiring only your favorite soft plastic, a hook, and weight.

drop shot setup

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Why a Drop Shot for Speckled Trout?

A drop shot is great because it's easy to tie and even easier to fish.

It only requires spinning tackle and braided line (though specific types help) and doesn't need a trained hand to be effective.

Why A Drop Shot Is So Easy To Fish

A lot goes into achieving a good presentation, and the trickiest part has to be selecting the proper weight, especially with a jig or Carolina rig.

Go too light, and your bait will never reach speckled trout in strong current.

Too heavy, and the bait won't look natural, sticking in the mud instead of drifting along.

weight selection swift current

This graphic does a good job depicting why we use different weights.

But, on a drop shot, the bait is separated from the weight, two to three feet above it, in fact.

So, it matters less how heavy the weight is, because the bait will remain out of the mud where fish are feeding.

All that really matters is that the drop shot reaches the bottom.

Which Tackle To Use

This is the tackle I use for throwing a drop shot for speckled trout:

  • Gamakatsu Size 1 Drop Shot Hook
  • 15lb Seaguar Red Label Fluorocarbon (leader line)
  • 3/8oz and 1/2oz drop shot weights
  • Daiwa Tatula TTU731MXS
  • Daiwa BG 2000
  • 10lb Daiwa J-Braid x8 in Chartreuse

Tying It All Together

Cut off three feet of leader line, tying your drop shot hook to it with a Palomar knot, leaving about a foot above and two feet below.

Then, join your main line to the leader line with a uni-to-uni knot.

As for the weight, you can use pretty much anything, whether it's a bank sinker, swivel sinker or whatever.

I recommend a drop shot weight because it's easier to attach because the eye pinches the line, not requiring a knot.

drop shot weight

Fishing a Drop Shot

Fishing a drop shot for speckled trout is pretty easy!

I prefer to hook the bait through the nose, like what you see here.

drop shot bait

Then, simply cast it out, and keep your line tight.

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The extra fast tip of the Daiwa Tatula, combined with the light J-Braid, will help you feel the tiniest bite, making it easier to catch finicky fish.

Lift on it from time to time, raising the weight off the bottom and letting the bait flow with the current a little.

Just be sure to reel up slack so you can feel that bite.

How well does it work?

Incredibly well!

In fact, on my last fishing trip I caught 52 speckled trout (all keepers) by myself, mostly on a drop shot (but also on my favorite jigging combo)

So yes, it's super effective.

In fact, you can watch that entire fishing trip at this link, from beginning to end, and see exactly how and where I used a drop shot for speckled trout.

Tight lines, y'all!

About the Author Devin Denman

Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.

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  • keithbru says:

    Thanks man, great idea – that’s what I was looking for :) I always get the weight tangled up – rubber band makes a lot of sense.

  • Devin says:

    Like any other rig, except I use a rubber band or hair tie to secure the weight.

  • keithbru says:

    I didn’t see this addressed – how do you secure the drop shot rig to your rod while in transit? You had a great idea for double rigs, sure you have one from drop shots too :)

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