By Mark Fong
January 30, 2013
If I were to tell you there is a technique that is easy to master, catches finicky fish, requires a minimal tackle investment and is just plain fun, what would you say? Ok, now that I have your attention, the answer is, of course, the venerable split shot technique.
The split shot rig is a minimalist’s dream. In its most common form, the split shot rigs consists of a small lead shot crimped 12 to 24 inches above a light wire worm hook adorned with a four inch finesse worm. Split shotting excels when the bite is difficult. Post frontal days, blue bird skies and pressured fish are all prime conditions for split shotting. When properly configured, the split shot rig can be effective in water as shallow as a foot all the way down to depths of fifty feet or more.