Do you love big bluegill?
1-Fall, Early winter Cold water bite fish are lethargic with many gut hooked fish because of the light strikes.
2- Fish are tucked into vegetation
1- Light spinning tackle Lews 100 or 200 series Laser Spin reel
2- 7ft light action rod Okuma Celilo with 8lb braid
3- Panfish or ultra light Rocket Bobber I have just recently adjusted my interests to the rocket Bobber. Any bobber could be used even a slip bobber in deeper water situations. In very shallow water I will switch down to a pencil float or quill.
4- I used a number 8 laser sharp eagle claw octopus hook or circle hook. Tied to the line with a Polamar knot and leave enough line past the hook for your split shot.
5- Just enough shot to stand the Rocket Bobber straight up. I used two bb’s on the ultra light Rocket Bobber. Double wrap your shot before clamping to keep the shot on the line. The point is have the shot placed below the hook
6- Anything could be used as bait… in my most recent trips I have used GULP pink maggots
In my youth my father introduced this rig to us kids … saved many a trips to the dock to unhook deep gutted fish. What this rig does is it eliminates the spherical dead zone in a common bobber setup see diag. that allows a fish to have space to swallow bait before it signals the bobber.
The Quick Strike bobber rig since the hook is between the shot and bobber the signal is immediate. A fish with an uptick strike the Rocket bobber lies down immediately. Very sensititive. In weeds the quick strike rig pulls the bait past stems and leaves while the common bobber rig the bait helicopters down following the shot grabbing every weed along the way … if it makes it. Unhook the bobber and your micro dropshotting