Welcome to Calbasin,
Your post on Swimbaits and Dropshots remind me of my second club tournament with SOCB.
It was 99' and I was new to fishing, I cought a few bank fishing but I was green as green can be and everything I was taught about fishing was to be quiet dont spook the fish. Split shotting was the deal in SoCal at the time and finesse fishing was king.
So i draw this guy Gerry Mahu who was THE stick of the club, so I was stoked I meet him at Castaic and he pulls up in "The Brown Boat" which was an aluminum center console bay boat with a home made plywood flippin deck and a milk crate for bait storage. I was like really, this guy is the clubs hot stick....but I am excited it was pouring down rain and I was in my kmart special vinyl raingear we take off around the lake and pull up to our first spot, before I could untangle my Ugly Stick split shot this guy was in the front of the boat tossin this HUGE plug - KABOOSH, KABOOSH...I remember thinking to myself Oh great now I know this guy is nuts he just scared all of the fish out of this cove and I havnt gotten my worm wet yet. Next thing I know he picks up a spinning rod with the weight on the bottom, NOW I AM CONVINCED he is certifiable I mean he has the weight on the bottom and the hook on top throwing this little 4" worm.
Before I can finish my thought he hooks up, Dude fish get the net, its a TOAD. I standby him and proceed to net a 12.12 Laregmouth bass, the biggest fish I have ever seen and we both start hootin and hollerin to be heard across the lake. Hugs go around and I am pumped from there.
I find out later that his bait was one of Huddelstons prototypes that he found at the bottom of castaic, and the lil worm he cought his fish on was a drop shot 4" roboworm. I will never forget that day.
Thanks for the memory and welcome to the wild wild west