How to Fish the Drop Offs

by Jeffery Keilholtz

Fishing the drop offs are ideal spots for catching big fish. Drop offs are selected areas of large water bodies that increase in depth. The trick to finding success in the drop offs is to hook your line with a proper rig. Using a drop-shot rig puts the weight of your line at the tip and pulls the bait to lower depths after hitting the surface. Spin rod and fly fishermen alike can master drop off fishing by employing drop-shot rigs and embarking on their journey during prime fishing hours.

Items you will need

  • Fishing license
  • Boat license
  • Boat
  • Line
  • Rod
  • Reel
  • Hook
  • Lure
  • Bait
  • Bell weight
  • Flashlight
Step 1

Obtain proper licenses. Contact your state Department of Natural Resources for information and fees for acquiring fishing and boat licenses. Casting off in a boat is often necessary to put yourself in a position to fish drop offs.

Step 2

Pull four feet of excess line off the end of the rod. Secure a double knot at the 3.5-foot point on the line.

Step 3

Attach a hook or artificial lure. Slip the lure onto the line. Push the lure all the way up against the double knot. Tie your lure using a palomar knot. Squeeze the line in half, 6 inches beneath the lure. Slide the squeezed piece through the lure eyelet. Pull the piece above the area atop the eyelet to create a small circle of line. Pull the piece up through the circle. Continue pulling to expand the pinched line into a loop. Drape the loop over the lure and pull the remaining few inches of line connected at the back of the loop to secure the knot. Attach the bait if you are only securing a hook.

Step 4

Secure a bell weight to the end of the line. Tie a palomar knot to secure the weight.

Step 5

Cast off into the drop off. The weight of the line will pull your lure straight down into the middle depths -- where many big fish find food. Fish before daylight or after sunset. Most fish feed when it is dark -- even in the drop offs.

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