Two great ways to imitate baitfish are a drop shot and underspin. I rely on my Daiichi hooks rigged with several different plastics while dropshotting and putting fish in the boat when it’s a tough bite. I prefer the 1/0 hook because it’s the perfect size for me and catches spotted bass and smallmouth on lakes like Berryessa and catches big largemouth on the Cal Delta and Clear Lake. Very sharp and strong hooks, which I also use for my wacky senko and worm fishing. I tie my own fiber weed guard using jig brush guard strand and they work excellent in keeping me out of unwanted snags on both dropshot and bottom fishing. While others are getting hung up in trees, bushes or event rock, I’m able to work my bait through those potential snags, meaning I’m fishing more and getting more bites, while others are breaking off and retying due to snags.
For more active fish my go to bait is the Casey’s Classic Runner underspin in both 3/8 and 1/4 weighted heads. Premium materials and flat out catches fish. They offer a bunch of fish catching colors. I’ve been using these in place of spinnerbaits and they have been productive all year around.
Dropshotting and the CCR Underspin put these fish in the boat!
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