Next time you dropshot for bass, don’t drop without considering how you’re hooking the bait. Standard rigging puts a hook through the tip of the bait’s nose – nothing wrong with that, but other options exist.

If fish are just nipping at the rig, or grabbing the tail of your bait without committing to the hook, you have three options: 1) Use a shorter bait style (maybe a Roboworm Alive Shad instead of the straight tail worm); 2) Cut off an inch or so of the bait you’re using; or 3) Thread the hook through the bait and out the back. This puts the point farther back in the bait’s profile. Ideally, those short-striking fish will slip up and get too close to the hook.

Expounding on that thought, you may want to go with a Texas-rigged hook style when fishing around grass, wood or anything that might snag your hook. A small worm style hook facilitates proper alignment, but you can also make a slight bend in the neck of your standard dropshot hook to achieve the right angle for Texas rigging.

Lastly, don’t overlook the wacky style rigging for dropshots. Sticking a hook through a worm’s middle imparts enticing wiggle at both ends. O-rings help preserve bait life, especially with thinner dropshot plastics, while weedless wacky style hooks allow you to fish the rig cleanly around vegetation.