Drop Shotting

Power Drop Shotting | A Power Shotting Rundown with Justin Lucas

Power shotting is essentially power fishing a drop shot on heavier gear. Though this power drop shotting technique has gained popularity in bass fishing nationally over the last few years, it has been an ace in the hole for MLF Bass Pro Tour pro Justin Lucas for over a decade.

In 2007, while fishing an FLW event on the California Delta as a co-angler, Lucas used the power shot to put a 13-pound, 9-ounce bass in the boat. More on that monstrous fish catch in a minute. 

First, let’s run through the power shot with Lucas.

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Power Drop Shotting | The Basics of Power Shotting

I don’t really upscale my line super high or use really big hooks, nothing like that. But I do go from a 6 to 8-pound test leader to 12 to 15-pound test straight fluorocarbon on the baitcaster. I I use a 2/0 offset Fusion hook with a ¼-ounce weight 95% of the time. 

I use a really short leader between the weight and the hook, only 6 to 8-inches. If I’m going to dropshot on a baitcaster, I’m doing it because I’m pitching around shallow cover in 2 to 4 feet. So you don’t want the bait too high up in the water column. And with a longer leader like 15 or 18-inches between the weight and the worm, you’ll get that weight hung up all day long on whatever wood or grass you’re fishing around.

The length of the worm is a pretty good judgment on how long I make my leader. Like this year I used a Berkley Maxcent Hitworm a lot and that’s about 7-inches long. So I would put that worm on my hook and then put the weight wherever the tail dropped to.

When Do You Change From Drop Shotting to Power Shotting?

It all depends on how shallow I’m fishing and if the cover is thicker. If I’m fishing 4-feet or less, I’m going to power shot with a baitcaster because I won’t need to pull line out to let the bait hit the bottom. Like at the Potomac (when Lucas won the Elite in 2016) I was fishing a drop shot in 4 to 8-feet. With a baitcaster I would have had to pull line off my reel and my bait wouldn’t fall straight down. But in 1 to 4-feet of water there’s enough slack line when I pitch out that it’ll fall straight down without me having to feed it any line. 

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Then I’ll also use it whenever I’m fishing around thicker shallow cover, usually in the spring. 

A dropshot is so deadly around beds, so I like to use it where I know fish are spawning but I can’t see them. I like to pitch that thing around instead of a wacky rig or whatever everybody else is doing to show them a little something different. It’s just something we grew up doing at the Delta that worked really well. 

The Revo Stx 8:1 will work but I really like an MGX 8:1 because it’s built to cast lighter baits. When you’re talking about a ¼-ounce weight and a 6-inch worm there’s not much weight there on 15-pound line so you need a reel that will cast really well.

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Tell Us More About Power Drop Shotting That Big One? 

The fish were up spawning. It was a full moon and they had just moved up on beds. A lot of big females were up. The water was pretty dirty and it was a lower tide. We were fishing down a stretch where we knew they were spawning but couldn’t see them. We were pitching that power shot around. 

When you’re going around fishing behind people who are fishing with 20-pound fluorocarbon and a creature bait, you’re just going to get a lot more bites and with that power shot and catch some big ones in the spring. 

That was just what happened there. It was a community area that probably a bunch of people had fished throughout that day. That fish had probably seen several baits that day but not a dropshot pitched right in front of it. There was a little pocket in the reeds and it was just a perfect little circle for a fish to be spawning in even though I couldn’t actually see her on the bed. 

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The fight was insane. 

She was dogging me. She had me around a bunch of tules but I finally got her in. I caught that fish on my last cast of the day and I culled out a 12 and a half incher.

Justin Lucas’s Power Drop Shotting Gear

Power Drop Shotting Rods

7’3” Medium Heavy Abu Garcia Fantasista Premier 

12 to 15 pound Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon

Power Drop Shotting Reels

Abu Garcia Revo Stx 8:1 

Abu Garcia REVO MGX 8:1

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Shaye Baker started fishing with his dad in Alabama as soon as they could find a life jacket small enough to fit him. Competing with his father in local tournaments, Shaye quickly found a hunger for competitive bass fishing. He furthered his fishing career at Auburn University helping to establish the Auburn University Bass Fishing Club. While at Auburn, Shaye served as the President of the club and qualified to fish on the traveling team amassing six Top 5 finishes including two 3rd place finishes in consecutive FLW College Fishing National Championships. While beginning to dabble in the world of outdoor journalism, Shaye continued to fish semi-pro events finishing in the Top 5 in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Costa Series and BFLs. Finding himself at a crossroads, Shaye chose to put down the rod and pick up the pen and camera to focus on his career in outdoor journalism. Shaye has had work featured in Bassmaster Magazine, FLW Outdoors Magazine, B.A.S.S.Times and the Japanese bass fishing magazine Basser. Shaye has also had work featured on ESPN and Wired2Fish.com, FLWfishing.com and Bassmaster.com. While working with B.A.S.S., Shaye initiated and spearheaded their GoPro division which brought more video coverage to the fans than had ever been done before in competitive fishing. After his tenure with some of the best companies in the business, Shaye identified a need for competitive fishing where participation didn’t cost a fortune. By founding UPLOADED, the Online Fishing Series, Shaye established a free tournament series where anglers could film their fish catches and upload their videos to compete against other anglers for prizes.

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