This week, Aaron Martens discusses drop-shot techniques for late winter/early spring, pitching and flipping techniques and general tips for co-anglers interested in getting along with their pro partners.

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Q: How effective is a drop-shot technique in late winter/early spring? I would think this might be a good technique to try when the water temperature is in the mid 40s to low 50s. Also, when is perfect time is to use the drop-shot? – Marty Denney, Lexington, Ky.

A: Drop-shotting is very effective technique in late winter and early spring in deep lakes, but it can also be effective in shallow lakes at that time of year. Drop-shotting works best when fish are roaming and searching for food because the bait is off the bottom. Water temperature has never really been a factor for me in deciding when to use drop-shot.

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