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What is y'alls opinion on the best light action drop shot rod under $100? I have a medium power extra fast and it seems too stiff. Looking for a lighter medium or even an actual medium light power. TIA

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I've been using the Skeet Reese drop shot rod for about 10 years now.. I think they are in your price range and its been a good rod for me.. caught a lot of fish with it.

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I use an Academy H20 Ethos Nano. Medium Light / Fast. It’s a 6’10” rod with microwave guides and a
$80 Shimano reel. It regularly sells for $129. I bought a few of them last year when they had them on clearance. The clearance stuff was on sale for 50% off. So I think I remember buying three rods that day for about $100 total for all three.

The trick is to find a sale or a good used rod.

Drop shot fishing, while super simple, requires one of the most sensitive rods you can get your hands on. The bite is very subtle, and almost undetectable when it’s a big fish. So being able to really feel the bait is important. Along with this lighter rod and line, the second most important thing (maybe more so than the rod) is the reel. You have to have one with a very smooth and consistent drag. The light line will break if you have a cheap reel with choppy drag characteristics. The light line is important for the worms action and to make the line as non noticeable as possible.

Guys that drop shot a lot can easily justify a $600-$800 reel (Exist, Stella or Steez) and a $300-$500+ rod (Steez w/ air guides, NRX, or Megabass).

Me? My drop shot setup is around $100 for all of it, buying stuff on sale. But, I don’t drop shot much.


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My drop shot setup is a little different:

Carrot Stix (Original) ML CASTING not spinning $75- $125 used
Diawa Sol $100 - $125 used
Sunline Sniper 7lb $20


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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
I use an Academy H20 Ethos Nano. Medium Light / Fast. It’s a 6’10” rod with microwave guides and a
$80 Shimano reel. It regularly sells for $129. I bought a few of them last year when they had them on clearance. The clearance stuff was on sale for 50% off. So I think I remember buying three rods that day for about $100 total for all three.

The trick is to find a sale or a good used rod.

Drop shot fishing, while super simple, requires one of the most sensitive rods you can get your hands on. The bite is very subtle, and almost undetectable when it’s a big fish. So being able to really feel the bait is important. Along with this lighter rod and line, the second most important thing (maybe more so than the rod) is the reel. You have to have one with a very smooth and consistent drag. The light line will break if you have a cheap reel with choppy drag characteristics. The light line is important for the worms action and to make the line as non noticeable as possible.

Guys that drop shot a lot can easily justify a $600-$800 reel (Exist, Stella or Steez) and a $300-$500+ rod (Steez w/ air guides, NRX, or Megabass).

Me? My drop shot setup is around $100 for all of it, buying stuff on sale. But, I don’t drop shot much.


What line do you use on your drop shot setup? I just started dropshotting and I’ve been using light braid with a light flouro leader.


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I use 10 lb power pro and a 6 lb InvisX leader.


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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
I use 10 lb power pro and a 6 lb InvisX leader.


Thanks. And the bites are still almost undetectable with that line and rod combo?


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The G Loomis ones that Academy had on clearance for $89.99 last year. cheers


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I run the Dobyns 702, light and sensitive enough for a drop shot but since I’m normally riding on the back of the boat it’s my only spinning setup so I’ll throw a wacky rig or fluke if the conditions call for it.

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Diawa tatula elite Cody Meyer. I got it last year, was using a powell before which i liked. The diawa is awesome. Its very light and sensitive. Bought off anazon it was on sale. 15 lb. braid to 8 or 10 lb flouro leader.

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Originally Posted by Duck_Hunter
Thanks. And the bites are still almost undetectable with that line and rod combo?



I fish 20lb braid to 10lb leader and I feel most bites. In Texas lakes with floro leader I have a hard time thinking 10lb will show up anymore than 6lb and I'd hate to lose a big one on 6lb leader. Just like with any plastic, sometimes a bass just inhales it and takes off so you gotta watch your line. I'd say 60% or more I'll feel a bite. Sometimes they smack the hell out of it. Sometimes the grab it and swim right at you so those are hard to feel too. If they take it on the fall you gotta make sure your line hasn't stopped too early or else set the hook. Not that complicated. Also trick someone told me is to tie up a long leader like 20'. This way you can retie multiple times without retying your Alberta or whatever knot you use.

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Thanks. And the bites are still almost undetectable with that line and rod combo?



I fish 20lb braid to 10lb leader and I feel most bites. In Texas lakes with floro leader I have a hard time thinking 10lb will show up anymore than 6lb and I'd hate to lose a big one on 6lb leader. Just like with any plastic, sometimes a bass just inhales it and takes off so you gotta watch your line. I'd say 60% or more I'll feel a bite. Sometimes they smack the hell out of it. Sometimes the grab it and swim right at you so those are hard to feel too. If they take it on the fall you gotta make sure your line hasn't stopped too early or else set the hook. Not that complicated. Also trick someone told me is to tie up a long leader like 20'. This way you can retie multiple times without retying your Alberta or whatever knot you use.


Thanks. That’s been my experience so far, for the most part. And I tied a long leader and will continue to do so.


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If you want to go quality/cheap......look at the Dobyns 702.

If you want the best drop shot rod.......look at Power Tackle 400 series and GLoomis NRX.

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Depends on what series you get that Dobyns 702. The DX Hp is about $349.

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