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Bass Pro Summertime Drop Shot Fishing: The Best Way to Catch Fish When It’s Hot Out! – Featuring Clark Wendlandt and Kevin VanDam

Bass Pro Summertime Drop Shot Fishing: The Best Way to Catch Fish When It’s Hot Out! – Featuring Clark Wendlandt and Kevin VanDam

When the summer sun is beating down, and the fish are hiding in the depths, a drop shot is the best way to catch them. This technique involves suspending your bait in the water column, often near the bottom, and jigging it up and down to attract attention. Drop shot is an effective way to catch fish of all sizes, from sunfish to bass, and can be done from a boat or the shore. So, whether you’re looking to beat the heat or want to up your fishing game, give the drop shot a try. You might be surprised at how many fish you catch.

It’s no secret that the summer months can be brutal on anglers. The heat drives fish into deep, cool water; longer days mean more time spent in the sun frying like a strip of bacon. But don’t despair, there is a way to keep catching fish even when it’s hot out and that’s with the drop shot rig.
Also known as the down shot, this rig is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of situations to catch fish when they’re being difficult. So if you’re looking for a way to keep catching fish all summer long, read on for everything you need to know about drop shot fishing.

A drop shot rig is a fishing rig that consists of a weighted hook that is attached to the line below a swivel. This setup allows the bait to be presented horizontally in the water column, which is key for enticing finicky fish to bite.

There are a few different ways to rig a drop shot, but the most common is to tie the dropper line (the line that goes from the swivel to the hook) to the main line using a Palomar knot. This solid knot ensures that your rig won’t come undone even when battling big fish.

Once the rig is tied, it’s simply a matter of attaching your bait of choice to the hook and casting it out. The weight of the hook will ensure that your bait stays in the strike zone even if you’re fishing in deep water or currents.

Now that you know how to rig a drop shot, it’s time to learn how to fish it. These tips will help you get the most out of your drop shot rig and catch more fish all summer long.

1. Use the Right Bait

The beauty of the drop shot rig is that it can be used with various baits, from live bait to plastic worms. But for summertime fishing, plastic baits are usually the best bet.

Small plastic worms and grubs are great options for drop shot, as they offer a small profile that won’t scare off finicky fish. Another great option is a plastic minnow bait, which can effectively target summertime bass.

2. Let the Bait Do the Work

One of the biggest mistakes anglers make when drop shot is using too much weight. Because the rig is designed to keep your bait in the strike zone, you don’t need a lot of weight to get it down deep.

In most cases, a 1/8 ounce weight will be more than enough to get your bait down to the fish. And if you’re fishing in deep water or strong currents, you may even be able to get away with using a lighter weight.

3. Vary Your Retrieves

Another common mistake anglers make when dropping shots is using the same retrieve repeatedly. This can be a big mistake, as fish often get conditioned to seeing the same thing repeatedly.

To avoid this, it is essential to vary your retrieves and keep the fish guessing. Sometimes a slow, steady retrieve is all it takes to trigger a strike, while a quick jerk of the rod is necessary other times. It’s about trial and error and finding what works best in each situation.

4. Be Patient

Finally, it’s important to remember that drop shot is a finesse technique that requires patience and perseverance. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get bit right away, as the fish will eventually start biting if you give them time.

So next time you’re struggling to catch fish in the summer heat, give drop shot a try. With a bit of practice, you’ll be drop-shotting like a pro in no time!

Don’t Overdue It.

Do not overwork your bait in an attempt to attract fish. Shaking the bait makes it appear like it is having a seizure, which will scare away potential catches. Instead, keep your rod still and let subtle movements in your arm or hand create a natural undulation. If you are fishing from a boat, the waves also provide movement. If you want to add more action to the bait, gently shake the slack in the line instead of the lure itself.

Don’t Be So Tight.

The second skill for successful drop shot is keeping your line slightly bowed at all times. This allows the hook and lure to move freely, giving it a natural appearance that fish are more likely to bite. If your line is kept too straight, the lure will appear stiff and unnatural, making it less likely to attract bites.

Become One With The Bait.

Knowing what your bait looks like underwater is important to give it the right action. Use a fish tank, bathtub, or swimming pool to observe the bait and see what type of action it needs. The more you understand your equipment, the better your fishing decisions will be.

If You Have Electronics, Use Them.

To be successful at drop shot fishing during the summertime, it is vital to become familiar with your Electronics. This will allow you to locate fish when it is hot out better. With practice, this skill can make all the difference in winning or losing a competition.


Bass Pro Shops is the place to go if you’re looking for the best gear for drop-shot fishing. They offer a wide variety of lures and weights to choose from, so you can find the perfect setup for your fishing conditions. They also have a great selection of electronics to help you locate fish in the summer heat. So next time you’re looking to up your drop shot game, head to Bass Pro Shops.

Major League Fishing - Bass Pro Tour/Cup Events

Charlotte, Lake Norman Selected to Host Major League Fishing’s REDCREST IV, the World Championship of Pro Bass Fishing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 13, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF)’s REDCREST, the world championship of professional bass fishing, is heading to the Queen City.

MLF, in conjunction with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)Visit Lake Norman and the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department , announced today that Lake Norman and Charlotte, North Carolina, have been named the location and hosts of REDCREST IV, the Bass Pro Tour championship event, and the MLF Outdoor Sports Expo, March 10-12, 2023.

REDCREST IV will showcase the top 40 anglers from the 2022 Bass Pro Tour season competing for the REDCREST Championship trophy and the top prize of $300,000. Previous winners of the prestigious event include Bobby Lane (2022), Dustin Connell (2021) and Edwin Evers (2019).

In addition to the tournament and the international media coverage it receives, the MLF Outdoor Sports Expo featuring hundreds of exhibitors and activities will be held at The Park Expo & Conference Center in Charlotte. Fishing and outdoor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to visit booths and vendors showcasing the latest and greatest in fishing, boating, hunting, camping and more. The biggest names in the outdoor industry will be on hand, including all 80 Bass Pro Tour anglers. Visitors from around the globe will not only watch the world’s best bass-fishing action, but they’ll also receive great deals on everything from crankbaits to rods and reels to bass boats at the outdoor show.

As Charlotte’s hospitality industry continues to see strong recovery, we are ecstatic to welcome Major League Fishing’s REDCREST IV championship next year,” said Tom Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.  “Charlotte offers a diverse mix of experiential activities for travelers and locals alike including thrilling outdoor adventures.  We look forward to welcoming MLF fans and outdoor enthusiasts to the Queen City.”

“Following an exciting and successful REDCREST in Tulsa, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re bringing REDCREST IV to Charlotte. The city has a passionate outdoor community and offers numerous locations and facilities that will enable us to build the tournament and outdoor show in unique ways,” said Michael Mulone, MLF Vice President of Strategic Business Planning. “We are excited to work with the CRVA, Visit Lake Norman and the Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Department to deliver a memorable celebration of fishing and the outdoors to our fans and outdoor enthusiasts.”

Although Lake Norman has played host to dozens of MLF (and former FLW) tournaments over the years, this event will mark the first time that the MLF Bass Pro Tour will visit Lake Norman. The majority of MLF experience is limited to some Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournaments, a handful of Toyota Series events and five Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit events – the last in 2016. This tournament will feature the MLF catch, weigh, immediate-release format in which anglers catch as much weight as they can each day, while also feeling the pressure and intensity of the SCORETRACKER® leaderboard.


“REDCREST IV is the most prestigious fishing event Lake Norman has ever hosted, and we very much appreciate the partnership with MLF, and formerly FLW, in hosting their events over the last couple of decades. Also, we could never host this type of event without our continued partnerships with the CRVA and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. We are thrilled to partner in making sure this is the best REDCREST yet,” said Sally Ashworth, Executive Director of Visit Lake Norman.

Each day of competition will be livestreamed on and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app. Television coverage of REDCREST IV will be showcased across two two-hour episodes, premiering next summer on the Discovery Channel. A one-hour special episode, MLF REDCREST IV, is also scheduled to air next summer on CBS.

Proud sponsors of the MLF Bass Pro Tour include: 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, BallyBet, Bass Cat, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Covercraft, Favorite Fishing, Garmin, General Tire, Googan Baits, Grundéns, Guaranteed Rate, Humminbird, Lowrance, Luminox, Mercury, Minn Kota, Mossy Oak, Nitro Performance Boats, Onyx, Plano, Power-Pole, Power Stop, Rapala, Starbrite, Toro, Toyota, Wrangler, Yellowstone Bourbon and Zoom.


About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network, and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. In 2019, MLF expanded its portfolio of catch, weigh, and immediately release events to include the sport’s strongest five-biggest-fish format tournament circuits. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.

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MEGA Live Imaging TargetLock: The Most Precise Way to Find and Catch Fish

July 2022

If you’re looking for an edge in catching more fish, the Live Imaging TargetLock from Humminbird is exactly what you need. With the ability to lock in on clear, real-time views of structure, you’ll never have to shoot from the hip again. And with independent motor control, you can always keep your boat in the perfect position. Plus, the One-Boat Network integration gives you instant access to programmable features like MEGA Live Sweep and more. So don’t miss out – get the Live Imaging TargetLock from Humminbird today!

Features and Benefits of TargetLock

-The TargetLock feature allows anglers to set a directional lock of the live sonar and it will keep itself oriented, so anglers never lose sight of the structure, even while the boat moves in the water. This is perfect for anglers who want to stay on top of a specific spot without having to constantly adjust their trolling motor.

-The MEGA Live Sweep provides a constant 120 degree sweep out in front of the boat to help identify structure and fish while maintaining control of the trolling motor. This is perfect for anglers who want to be able to see what’s around them at all times, without having to take their hands off the trolling motor.

-MEGA Live Imaging allows fish and structure to be seen in real-time, with no gaps in sonar coverage, powered by the unmatched detail and clarity of MEGA Imaging throughout the entire sonar view. This is perfect for anglers who want to be able to see everything that’s going on under the water, in real time.

-Connect MEGA Live Imaging to compatible Humminbird models via the included Ethernet cable. There is no external sonar box required for installation, allowing for the connection of optional sonar source like MEGA 360 Imaging or Built-in MEGA Imaging to the same control head. This is perfect for anglers who want to be able to use all of their Humminbird products together, without having to worry about compatibility issues.

-Compatible Humminbird control heads: All APEX models, All SOLIX models, and HELIX 8-12 G3N & HELIX 7-15 G4N models (Must be MEGA Side Imaging or MEGA Down Imaging model). This is perfect for anglers who want to be able to use their Humminbird products with the Mega Live TargetLock.

-MEGA Live TargetLock is exclusively compatible with Minn Kota Ultrex – 45”& 52” trolling motors. This is perfect for anglers who want to be able to use their Minn Kota trolling motor with the Mega Live TargetLock.

-2-Year Limited Warranty This is perfect for anglers who want to be able to use their Mega Live TargetLock with peace of mind, knowing that it is covered by a 2-year limited warranty.

Hear What The Pro's Have to Say!

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TargetLock is the new way to fish. It's a precision tool that ensures you always hit your target. The result is a perfect cast every time, with no more missed fish or lost lures.

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