Muskygary, when I drop shot in tall grasses, I use a flipping technique. I will use two different hooks based on the bait. Hooks can change the action and fall of the bait and how it sits once your on the bottom. For nose hooking, I will use a 2/0 circle or octopus. The bait I use for that are the zoom 3x flukes. When I use this method, it's a quick flip, shake, and retrieve. I'll run it using clock method from 9-3 and then move forward 10ft and do-it again. The line I use is 14lb fireline with 10lb floral. Never broke unless I run into those toothy critters. When I use the do-it fluke, then I use 3/0 EWG. But using this method allows me to cover a bit more ground with the bait in the water and not get hung up so much. The skinny carrot also works great on this technique. I hope maybe some of what I do can help you.