Elite pro Randy Howell is surprised that more guys aren’t using the Recoil Rig for drop shotting.
“It’s really deadly when fishing is tough, like during those high pressure weather periods,” he says. “It adds an entirely new dimension to drop shotting techniques.”
The Recoil Rig (www.secretweaponlures.com) consists of a 5-inch, sheathed elastic cord that attaches to a dropper line between the lure and sinker. When the sinker is presented on the bottom and the line is taut, the bait gets lively from the effect of the elastic cord when you gently shake the rod tip.
“When drop shotting without the recoil, the sinker hops off the bottom,” Howell says. “With this, the weight stays there, and the band stretches and makes the bait wiggle a lot more.”
Also, he adds, if you barely shake the rod tip, the elastic band causes the bait to zig-zag in circles.
“When I’ve fished Lake Erie and Champlain, I get more bites and they seem to bite it quicker that way,” he says. “I can make a Yamamoto Shad Shake Worm look like a minnow swimming around.”
Howell, who likes fishing the rig on a spinning outfit rigged with braided line and a fluorocarbon leader, says it also works great on bedding fish to tempt bass that won’t bite standard drop shot rigs.
“I’ve also seen guys have success by pitching it into holes in the grass,” Howell notes. “It allows you to impart more action to attract attention to the bait while keeping it near the bottom.”
Recoil Rigs are sold in kits for different types of applications with a variety of sinker shapes and sizes.