Deadsticking can be effective, but most anglers won’t deadstick for very long to get their bites.  Letting a bait sit for 30 to 60 seconds is a good way to get finicky fish to bite.  Wacky worms and floating worms are good baits to use the deadstick technique with.  Let the bait sit for a while, then move it to the next spot and try it again.  It takes a lot of patience, but it does work.