Let’s say you hit the lake this spring when the water temps rise into the 50. The crawfish are coming out in big numbers, and the bass have their eye out for them. You choose to fish a jig by casting it out and working it along the bottom back to the boat. It works, so why change? Well, maybe you could keep the bait in the zone even longer on a drop-shot. I’ll bet most of your bites come when the jig is in mid hop or falling off of an obstacle. Seldom will a bass pick the jig off the bottom when it’s doing nothing. Now, think of the parallel scenario with the real action of a crawfish. They move along the bottom until they are startled, which then makes them “scoot” away by tucking in their tail to catch water, resulting in a quick darting motion up into the column, ultimately falling slowly back to the bottom. And that’s when they are most vulnerable. Essentially the craw being suspended above the weight in a drop-shot extends that phase when the startled crawfish sinks back to the bottom slowly. That’s chow time for bass.