A few months ago Jimmy Eagelton introduced me to a pattern that produced quite a few silver kob (Argyrosomus inodorus) for him on the West Coast. He tied the fly specifically to be fished tight against rocky substrate where the kob were holding, without getting snagged. The drop-shot fraternity on the West Coast and their sucsesses with silver kob motivated him to come up with this pattern. Hence the name; DMA stands for Drop-shot My Ass.
Jimmy ties his pattern on a 60degree jig hook with heavy dumbbell eyes. This allows the angler to bump the fly over the rocks and ‘feel’ his way along the bottom. Should you get snagged, a gentle pull will free the fly.
I have never felt the need to fish for kob tight against rocky structure, because the areas we usually fish off the bricks and in the surf is fairly shallow, and most patterns retrieved low in the water column and over the rock yielded success. That was until recently when I started targeting dusky kob higher up in estuaries off rocky points and deeper ledges. I needed a fly that could be counted down deep, and retrieved until it hit the ledge around which the kob were holding. A few weeks ago I tied up a couple of DMA’s and was really surprised by it’s effectiveness with juvenile kob.