We finally got out for our first day of fishing this year. A quick Saturday morning trip to Hayden Lake on a beautiful day was just what the doctor ordered. It wasn’t great fishing as we caught 4 small bass in the one-pound range, but it was a great day. As the saying goes, “The worst day fishing is better than the best day working!”
For you would-be bass fishermen, there is a technique I learned some time ago that seems to work well, called drop-shotting. Here’s how to set it up. You tie an appropriate sized hook to your line using a Palomar knot (see image below):
This causes the hook to point directly out from your line. At about 12-18″ below the hook tie a drop shot weight, which is simply a cylindrical shaped weight, designed to prevent it from getting tangled in the weeds. Add a Senko worm or a Roboworm (they float) and you’re ready to catch the really big bass.
Once you’ve finished your set up it should look something like this:
Cast your line near the shore, preferably around weeds or wood or other things the bass hide underneath. Allow the line to sink to the bottom keeping your pole tip up, then jiggle the line to make the worm dance. When the bass hit, yank really hard and reel in your beauty.
Fishing is a great way to relax and have fun with friends and family. There’s another type of fishing that Jesus exhorted His disciples to do in scripture. In Matthew 4:18-19, we find these words, “Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus knew exactly what phrase to use to capture the attention of fishermen! He calls us to do the same today in the Great Commission, Matt 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Whether you are fishing for bass or for men, your goal is to catch them using the right bait and technique. For bass, it is drop-shotting; for men, it is the Word of God. Enjoy doing both this summer!