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The Perfect Bait Design to Drop-Shot

Nick the Informative Fisherman breaks down the Strike King Half Shell. Specifically designed and optimized for drop-shotting.

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Hey what's up, guys? Nick the Informative Fisherman here, on behalf of Lucky Tackle Box today, and I get the pleasure to introduce you guys to the Strike King drop-shot half shell. This bait was specifically designed around drop-shotting, but it's much more than that, so let's break this bad boy down.

So when you look close at this bate, you're gonna see there's ridges in the back right here. A little dorsal fin on this little flapper tail, looks like a little tiny beaver bait. But it's three and a half inches long, and this color right here happens to be green pumpkin, I don't know what you got in your box. But what that does is it really matches juvenile crawfish, which is something I like to match the hatch on often in the winter time. We're nearing the end of July right now, I don't know when you happen to be watching this video. But a lot of juvenile crawfish, they don't burrow into that mud or into those rocks, a lot of the time they like to sit down in those grass patches, and this matches that perfectly. Whether you're drop-shotting, whether you're net-rigging, whether you're putting it on a little chatter bait or a little finesse jig, it gives you a ton of options.

So I want you to see this right here on the package. Open pour technology. What does that mean? This is a new technology Strike King's implementing into their bates to get the color layering of evenly, it's like similar to hand pouring, the old style, but this is a thing they've got figured out now to pour these colors in here evenly. And I know you're not gonna see it on a green pumpkin presentation like this very well, but you'll see little unique key color features in their baits to give them that match the hatch ability a lot better than a lot of other plastic companies that are out there. And what it does is it gives you the option to affect the buoyancy of the bait.

And when I see neutrally buoyant, what does that mean? That means when you're hooked on a drop-shot, this tail is gonna just slowly, slowly fall, when you twitch it it's gonna have a natural motion to it. And it's not gonna wanna fall, it's not gonna wanna float, it's gonna have a real natural buoyancy. What depth does that really apply? I'm not sure, I think most of the time across the whole United States, most people are drop-shot less than 30 foot deep. Out here in Northern California, we're drop-shotting 50, 60 foot at times. But I know that doesn't apply to the rest of the country.

So when it comes to your rigging, that's really dependent on the presentation style you're trying to use with your plastic. If I'm fishing eighth-ounce, quarter-ounce, three-sixteenths, I'm gonna throw a medium-light or a light spinning rod with either six or eight pound florin carbon for my net-rig style or a little ball-head style bait right there. If I was gonna throw it on a finesse jig around a quarter-ounce, I can either throw this on a crank-bait rod with 10 or 12 pound florin carbon. The lighter you go in the winter time is gonna get you more bites. One thing that is consistent is I'm gonna consistently fish this presentation on florin carbon line. Small, natural, so I want to go light, I want to go invisible. So a lighter rod, lighter line, and invisible line with that florin carbon.

Reel's not gonna matter, that's dependent on your presentation. Once again, there's never really any reason to go fast with a plastic, unless you have it as a trailer for a chatter bait or a swim jig. Then I would say stick to your crank bait style of rod to throw that on. But anything else from there, I'm going finesse, I'm going light, and I'm staying finesse with that little half shell.

So when would I fish a bait like the half shell here? It's simple: either the water's getting really cold, or the water's getting really hot, or I'm having a tough time getting a bite on any of my bigger reaction baits. Those are the times you wanna drop down to those finesse plastics and try to earn those extra strikes. A lot of the time, the conditions just don't line up right and using a finesse bait like the half shell right here is gonna get you those four or five extra bites that you're gonna need in a tournament, or just out on a fun day fishing just to have some fun with your buddies.

Also, if that water gets really, really clear, a half shell with a finesse style presentation like this can excel no matter what the time of year. But when that water gets really hot, those fish get sluggish and lethargic, they like to stay deep, drop-shot can work. Any of these little ball-head finesse jigs like this, a little net rig can get down there and get to them. When that water gets cold, the same thing applies. They're gonna go to those deeper spots, or they're gonna stay on that rock and stay warm, and all these presentations right here can get them.

I'm Nick the Informative Fisherman, and that's the Strike King half shell. Remember guys, if you like this video, make sure to click that subscribe button or follow us, we're on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. We here at Lucky Tackle Box greatly appreciate you guys watching, and we'll see you next time. Best of fishing.

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