Bass fishing tips: Sometimes you gotta hit ‘em on the head to get their attention.
When bass hunker down in flooded brush, fallen trees, thick weed patches or similar cover, they won’t aggressively chase baits so anglers almost need to hit them on the head to make them bite.
Almost like using a long cane pole, anglers skilled at “flipping” can drop baits into specific bits of cover with pinpoint accuracy at close range.
Strip off a length of line and hold the excess loosely in one hand while swinging the bait toward the target. As the bait reaches the end of the arc, release the excess line. If done correctly, the bait slips into the pocket with barely a ripple.
Pro Tip: Bass in the Grass
“Flipping is a technique that allows me to have a finesse look while I’m still using heavy tackle,” said Alton Jones, former Bassmaster Classic champion. “It’s a matter of looking at available cover, imagining where a bass might be and putting a lure on his head very softly.”
Anglers can flip many different enticements. Jigs tipped with creature trailers probably rank among the most popular.
Anglers can also use Texas-rigged worms, tubes and similar temptations. Bait color doesn’t matter as much as placement. Probe every possible spot that might hold a big bass.
Q&A with AOY Brandon Palaniuk