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‘Flipping’ for bass can pay off well

There are several types of casting presentations for bass. Some work best at certain times and some will work almost any time.

One type is called flipping. This is by far my favorite way to present a bait to a bass on or around cover any time of the year. And there are several reasons for this.

First , it is the most effective way to present a jig, worm or tube bait to a bass holding tight to cover. You have more control of the bait and are able to handle a big bass more effectively. This is the one presentation where you can place a bait right in front of the bass holding tight to cover and not spook the fish. And you can completely work all the areas of a piece of good cover by fishing this method.

What flipping really consists of is a long fishing pole in the 6- to 7-foot range, usually a mediumheavy to heavy action rod, and a strong bait-casting reel and line in the 12 to 25 pound and heavier test range.

Look for areas that have cover such as some type of wood or weed cover. There will be reasons for bass to be holding very tight to cover or just holding close to it like on a edge of a flat or close to a channel. Being able to figure this out will tell you a lot about what the mood and feeding level of bass are at that time.

If bass are moving in and out and around the cover, they are active and feeding and will move some to strike a bait. But if the bass are very tight and buried deep in the cover, this means they are less active, usually because of high or low water temperatures.

Water levels, fishing pressure, or the presence of a cold front will put bass in a negative feeding mood. But this is where flipping your bait very tight to and into heavy cover can pay off big.

When you want to make a flip, hold your pole out in front of you in one hand and pull your bait back with the other hand, about an arm’s length back, and hold it on a tight line. Then with the hand holding the rod, mash the cast button on the reel and with a swinging motion let the bait go forward on a tight line and then release the button and let the bait and line go out and land at the cover.

Turn the handle to lock the reel and slowly work the bait on a snug line and feel for any pull or tug.

This is not a very easy cast to make without a lot of practice, but once you learn it the rewards can be well worth it.

If you want more information on this type of fishing or any fishing-related question at all, email me at gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com and I will gladly try to help you out.

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