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Thursday, June 19, 2008

• Split Shotting

I'm not going to give you an involved look at split shotting. I feel this kind of rig serves a slightly different purpose for everyone. I'll tell you what I prefer using and how I use it.

Split shotting, to me, is when I take a split shot and place it on the line just above a soft plastic or other lure. A split shot serves a couple of different purposes. First, it adds weight. Secondly, it changes your presentation. I mainly use it just to add weight to light soft plastics or to small crankbaits to improve casting distance. I secure it using a pair of pliers or hemostats. I crimp it down nice and tight so it doesn't slip or come off. I periodically recheck it to make sure it hasn't reopened. They can occasionally do that.

On plastics, I prefer using an Eagle Claw size 4 non-lead split shot. I prefer the non-lead types simply because I hear about all the lead that goes into lakes. I place my split shot one to six inches above the eye of the hook. Some prefer more distance between the lure and the split shot. You can use whatever size, weight, or material you desire. It really depends on what you need one for. When I split shot rig plastics, not only do I get added casting distance, but my lure has a different drop. I can get it deeper quicker this way without having to retie with a bullet weight threaded on. The split shot keeps the lure near the bottom just long enough to work the way I need it to.

I get lots of strikes just dragging a rig like this along the bottom slowly with a stop and go retrieve. Lots of hits come when the lure sits still for a few seconds, but in my experience that's true when working any plastic with any rig. I also like split shots because I can bounce the lure back to the boat with small quick hops. I'm not sure why, but that technique draws a lot of strikes, especially off of cypress trees. The added weight can allow me to run a particular bait at a preferred depth on a steady retrieve and I can vary that depth just by the speed of retrieve or the placement of the split shot. I do that a lot with very small crankbaits to keep them deeper than they'd normally swim.

The split shot rig is the quick and easy way to add weight to your lure. Whether or not the bass is turned away by a split shot has yet to be proven to me. I'm sure it's possible, but I still catch a lot of bass using this rig. Also remember that when removing a split shot, it might be necessary to retie as the split shot may have made a weak spot in the line.