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 Posted: Fri Feb 16th, 2007 12:04 pm
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Kingfish
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Hi Guys,

I have just started dropshot fishing and have not caught a single fish as yet.

I think my setup is wrong cause i have been having bunch ups after casting, i think its my line.

I have a elbe 6,6 ft graphite rod, a daiwa x2500i reel, maxima ulragreen 10 pound line.


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 Posted: Fri Feb 16th, 2007 12:59 pm
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Hi Kingfish,

I'm new to the site, so hello to all. I can't see that anything is wrong with your setup, and not to offend you, but it could be your action. Maybe try a different tecnique. It could be that your line is not wind-up tied enough.

Cheers, Juan P

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 Posted: Fri Feb 16th, 2007 01:09 pm
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Thanks Juan,

No offence taken, i am new to it so maybe it is my action.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 16th, 2007 05:07 pm
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Hi Kingfish,

Your setup sounds fine, just make sure your reel is not over loaded. What happens to a lot of people who are new to dropshoting, is that because of the light weight jig heads you are using your line tends to be too loose on the spool as Juan P has said. What happens next cast is your birds nest.

To avoid this you should try wined your line on under tension every third or forth cast. To do this simply squeeze your line between thumb and forefinger of your non cranking hand and wind your line on with a bit of pressure. This can actually prove to be a very successful retrieve giving your lure a nice nerves vibration. I have caught countless kingies like this. So when your in the right place be prepared to get nailed.

As far as catching fish two places that always seem to produce for me are Umhalanga lighthouse and Sheffield beach.

So go catch some fish;)

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 Posted: Fri Feb 16th, 2007 06:21 pm
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Hi Greg,

Thanks for that tip and that is the problem. Have never given those two places a shot as yet, will do soon.

Many Thanks

Waiting for my King Fish

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 Posted: Mon Feb 19th, 2007 01:03 pm
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Hey Kingfish,

Im also having problems with this whole dropshot idea. Im very keen, and currently trying dropshotting in the estuaries in the Eastern Cape. My main problem is the weight of these lead head jigs that I am supposed to cast. They are so light, and if any wind comes up, you are unlikely to cast more than 3 meters. Like I said, I am new to this type of fishing, and was wondering the best way to attach a sinker to your rig. This would also help me with casting into the surf.

I know there are some nice kob around, and would love it if someone will assist me in catching them!  

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 Posted: Mon Feb 19th, 2007 02:57 pm
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Hey Guys

I bought a droshot kit over the weekend cost me R600, so the first fish i am gonna catch is going to be very expensive! Lol! i tried dropshotting at Scottsburgh and something bit my lure in half then we went to Umkomaas and the small fish were having lots of fun with the lure, i put my lure in a small pond and there was a shoal of fish(small) chasing after it, i had my doubts but i think dropshot really works, i also have the problem of disance because with such light tackle you really can't throw far, should we use bigger hooks and lures?? PLEASE GUYS CAN YOU GIVE US A SOLUTION TO THIS!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 19th, 2007 02:59 pm
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Hi

 

You can try a Carolina rig where you have a running sinker a swivel and an attached line connecting to your plastic lure.Go heavier on your running sinker as the prevailing conditions dictate.Google carolina rig and you will see the correct setup

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 Posted: Tue Feb 20th, 2007 11:32 am
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On Dad

A lot of people make the mistake of using any rod for drop shotting.

Try using a 7 foot med action rod and 6lb nylon or 8lb braid it will increase your distance you cast.

You only need to cast about 20m or so when drop shotting.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 20th, 2007 01:19 pm
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Hey Brett

That is the rod i bought but i am using fireline:shock:, i guess i just gotta keep on trying pratice makes prefect!;)

On Dad!

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 Posted: Wed Feb 21st, 2007 03:13 pm
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Hey On Dad

What weight heads are you using?

 

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 Posted: Wed Feb 21st, 2007 06:14 pm
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Hey on dad,

 

it doesent matter what size jig heads you are using, or even the distance. you only need to cast about 10 meters or so, what is important is what type of fish you are targeting and the technique that you are using, if your technique is correct, the fish will find their way to your lure.

also you will have to remember is that with the bigger jig heads(1oz - 1.5oz) you will have to use a way bigger lure than if you have to use i jig head of 1/8 or 1/4 ounce. and if you are dropshotting on the surf with a 1oz jig head, your bait will just sink and "run" on the floor therefore making your lure looking less life like.........my opinion is to use the lightest jig head as possible according to the weather and sea conditions.

 

just my 2c worth

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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 09:55 am
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On Dad,

Give Ray at Akals a shout they host clinics and they really help.

I went to the first clinic that was hosted by Barry at Basil Mannings and believe me it helped a lot.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 22nd, 2007 10:07 am
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Thanks, Brett

Will surely do!

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HI KINGFISH

 

You must use a swivel vifty cm away from the dropshot.at the dropshot u must use

a small clipswivel,that way the line will rotate with the swivels and it will prevent bundle ups.U must also prevent the spool from being to full,3mm from full,4kg line.Ur jig action and the retrieve of the slack must be one movement.good luck and tight lines.::H

 

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