I haven't used it but some here have and well with it. They tend to use smaller worms and other baits with lite wire hooks. The weights are lite also, small split shot, bullet style weights pegged, Pro-Jo brass weights. The weights run 1/16-1/8 ounce weights. Mini Carolina rigs is what they are finesse rigs, they've been around a long time and catch a lot of fish.
The split shot rig is nothing more than clamping a round split shot directly on the line between 8" to 24" above the hook. You can google the name Dick Trask and read whatever is available, he is known as the father of the split shot rig in regards to tournament bass fishing.
Another bass nobler who wrote about the split shot rig is Bill Murphy, author of "In Pursuit of Giant Bass" IMO one of the bet books ever written on bass behavior and location in deep structured lakes. Bill liked to stitch retrieve his split shot worms.
IF you search the main page "split shot" there is a lot to read on the topic.
The modification that I like to use is called "slip shot" , also search that and read lots of stuff posted.
The key to split shotting is round split shot about 3/16" to 1/4" in diameter. You clinch the shot on the line, then slowly pull the line through the split shot and up the line about 36", cut the ldamaged line off (any flatten line) tie the hook on using a Palomar not or if using FC line double the Palomar knot or use a knot you like. The hook depends on the line size and worm size, I like Gamakatsu #11 worm hooks for this rig.
when i "split shot", i do not use light line. i use smaller baits, and i just adjust the amount of weight to achieve the same drop rate of what you would have using lighter line. i have fished side by side with light liners, and the most difference i could ever see is that i put my bites over the side of the boat. we still have some timber in tablr rock, and trees and light ine do not mix very well. table rock is known for its clear water and pressured bass too. it all boils down to the style fishing that you are comfortable with. i have always believed i can make a bass bite by fishing the right depth at the right speed to trigger a bite. it is a proven fact that bass can be caught using many different techniques. i just have never been one that thought light line or invisible line was a must. i am a line watcher and use florescent line. "split shotting" can be a very good technique to catch bass at the right time. add it to you arsenal.
Thanks I will be putting this rig to work this spring for the Brown backs that live in my local waters :thumbup01:.. I learned a lot about the drop shot here and used it with great success last year. Just wanting to expand my arsenal.. Also after reading up on jig making I went and bought a couple of football molds, lead, hot pot, skirt material, hooks ok you get the idea lol.. Never been much for jigs in the past, but looks like I am all in and will be learning the do's and don'ts on this as well..
Here in Tx right now a split shot rig is the way to go on clear rocky lakes . Use as light of weight that you can and still feel your bait . Been nailing them with a small light wire hook w/weight all the way next to the hook 90% of the time and baby brush hogs in water anywhere from 1-30 feet deep . A split shot rig is a easy way to catch big bass at this time of year .Just cast it out and let the wind move you along , any faster than that and you could be wasting your time . Found out that if bluegill or brim isn`t hitting your bait your not going to catch bass either. Got to find a color that they will all hit first .You`ll start up shallow and work your way out to find the right depth for bass so you will get hit by other fish , if not something is wrong . Color or size of bait could be wrong . Use 12# line on a spinner just to keep them from breaking off and to get a solid hook set and for casting around and under docks . Can`t tell how many times a little tap tap has been a bass over 5# so act like they all are. Right now I`am not getting any hits on full size jigs or spot removers or anything else that will make a bait stand up . This could be tough for you if you don`t already have a feel for light rigs. It`ll take a little time to not only get used to the feel of a hit but to also know when they really have it.
Go Get Yourself Some ,