Jeremy Smith talks about drop shot rigging panfish and how effective this presentation can be for targeting mid summer bluegills and crappies.

Drop Shot Rigging Panfish

During the mid summer months, panfish have a tendency to move out to deep cover and it can often be difficult to get small baits down to the fish.

That’s when I like to deploy one of the easiest panfish presentations out there, the drop shot.

The drop shot is a very simple set up that starts with the hook. I like to use the VMC Spin Shot hook in a size 6 or 8 when targeting bluegills.

drop shot rigging panfish

I will attach my main like to the top of the hook and then on the bottom of the hook I will add about a foot long leader that I will attach the tungsten weight to.

This presentation allows you to get a small ‘panfish sized’ baits down to the fish. The drop shot works great paired with small plastics or live bait like nightcrawlers or leeches.

Drop shot rigging panfish is an incredibly effective presentation and it should be one of your go-to’s for mid summer bluegills and crappies.