Spring Sight Fishing Tricks By Marc Marcantonio, Page 3

Spring Sight Fishing Tricks
By Marc Marcantonio, Page 3

Spring 2021




My partner and I won the tournament by a large margin, on a day when many others struggled.

This epiphany opened my eyes to an entire new view of dropshotting, and has resulted in many tournament wins with this secret dropswimming technique. And using it in tandem with the LV-100 has been a winning tactic many times. Not just for smallmouth, but largemouth and spotted bass as well, especially in the late pre-spawn and through the spawn.

The lipless rattler appeals both to a bass’ desire to eat before spawning, and to their predatory instinct which triggers reaction strikes. It is one of the best lures to locate bass, and it will quickly confirm if bass have moved into shallow spawning areas. When bass are on beds they will often charge the flashy bait from below to chase it away. This predatory response lets you spot the bass and its location, allowing you to then follow-up with the dropswim technique (or a couple of other secret dropshot rigs that will be revealed in this article).

First let’s cover the dropswimming technique we perfected a long time ago. This little-used technique has proven itself not only on the west coast, but on the FLW and BASS circuits as well. Anywhere the water is clear, it can be deadly. The setup is a typical dropshot rig that you swim in the middle of the water column, like you would a jerkbait or swimbait.


Once you have located bass on shallow flats with the LV-100, you can really load the boat by dropswimming.

This is a finesse technique due to clear water, and using light tackle is a necessity. I prefer to use straight




If the

water has a

little stain,

and I can get

away with


I will use 10-

to 12-pound

braid with

an 8-pound



The important consideration is to use tackle that you can cast a long distance with an extremely light weight. My dropswimming rod of choice is a Lamiglas Si703 spinning rod. At seven-feet, with a fast tip but moderate mid- section you can cast a long distance and play a big bass without breaking light line.


If there is no wind, the key is to use a 1/16-ounce, teardrop-shaped dropshot weight that I designed just for this purpose (QuickDrops Weights). If there is a slight breeze, or more casting distance is needed, I go up to a 1/8-ounce QuickDrop.

Most anglers don’t even own these light sizes, which

are key to dropswimming while

sight fishing.

For smallmouth bass

and most open-water

largemouth situations, I use

a #4 Gamakatsu Split Shot/

Dropshot hook. The light

weight of this hook model, and

extreme sharpness along with

a tiny barb that penetrates

with very little pressure is

important, since I am using

6-pound-test line.

My favorite soft plastic for

this technique is the deadly

Gary Yamamoto Shad Shape

worm. The size is perfect to get

strikes and good hookups, and

since it is loaded with salt, the

added weight adds important

casting distance.

I nose-hook the Shad

Shape worm and place the

QuickDrop on a 4- to 6-inch

leader below the hook.

Match the hatch when

choosing the color, but you can