I have been drop shotting for a few months now & thought I would share a few things I learned over the summer.
Weights: Have tried multiple brands & sizes. Quality really varies from brand to brand. Sometimes you get weights that look like the mold must be at the end of it's life & when you try and pinch the line it breaks off or cuts it every time. Anyway, I have found the 1/8 oz weight to be the best with 4-6 lb test line. I have gone exclusively to tungsten because I believe smaller is always better plus the quality of the weight seems to be more consistent. They are more pricey, but I believe worth it. The 2 best weights I have found are : Reaction Tackle 1/8 oz Tungsten (black) - $14.99 for 8 at Amazon. A better bargain is the XPS Tungsten Finesse 1/8 oz (grey) at $4.79 for 4 weights at Bass Pro. The only problem with Bass Pro on line is that you have to spend $50 to get free shipping...if you pay shipping costs you lose your "good deal". I generally can order hooks, sinkers, and Gulp Alive and reach $50 pretty quick.
Hooks: Have gone exclusively to the VMC Spinshot #6 set up. They are a pain to tie, but the more practice I get the easier it is. Always pre tie 4 or 5 at home and have them ready when on the water...it makes life way easier. You can get the spinshots at Bass Pro for $4.79. On Amazon they are $7.48...you can see that the "free" shipping at Amazon really isn't "free". When fishing this set up I try and put the weight 4-7 inches below the spinshot hook. Also, always make sure you tie the weight line to the bottom side of the spinshot, so that the hook is pointing upward.
Gulp Alive 1" minnows can be found at Amazon, Wal Mart, Bass Pro, Dicks and directly on line at Berkley. They usually run just under $6 per jar, but have found them at Dicks for $3.99 on sale. Of course you can always use the Bait of Champions (worms) drop shotting and they work great too.
In the pic you see the weights...they are all 1/8 oz. The biggest one is lead and you can see the voids in the body. These voids catch weeds & debris that you constantly have to clean
Hope this helps anyone looking for drop shot info, and if you have some tips/tactics on the subject would love to hear them...