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High-Speed Flipping…

By: Glenn Walker


A technique that I have relied heavily on these past springs has been flipping a jig to timber for bass.  This is a tried and true method of catching bass that many anglers rely on, but with a few tips and suggestions, I hope I can help you put more fish in the boat for you.

 The equipment I rely when I am flipping a jig, is a heavy action 7’6” flipping stick.  This longer rod allows you to make a nice long flip to your target, but it also gives you the leverage to haul those bass out of the thickest of cover.  The reel I have begun to use for this presentation this spring is the new Quantum Tour Edition Burner reel.  This reel has an incredible 7.0:1 gear ratio, which right now you are probably asking why I need that fast of a gear ratio when I am using a slow presentation.  I like the high speed reel, because it allows me to get my jig in and out very fast, this means when I flip my jig out and don’t get bit, I can’t get it in quickly to flip it again.  The high gear ratio, also allows me to pick up a large amount of line in a hurry, which is beneficial when a bass takes off with your jig. 

 The line and the jig that you use are based off your personal preferences.  I prefer 50 lb. Power Pro because of its no stretch and extreme toughness.  For a jig, I like to flip a ˝ oz. black and blue jig with a super chunk jr. trailer and a rattle attached.  This lure package has the weight that draws a reaction strike out of the bass, but also with flipping a heavier jig I can flip that jig farther and cover more water.  I use the jr. size trailer because this eliminates the number of bass just nipping at the back end of your jig.  Because of the presence of short-strikes on this jig, I spray my jig with Bang Crawfish, made by Gambler lures.

 Now the water that I am looking for to fish, is water that has anywhere from 1 to 5 feet on it with either scattered wood, but what I prefer is a long stretch of bank with flooded trees.  This type of bank may take any angler a while to cover, but with the high speed reel and heavy jig, you can quickly cruise down a bank flipping every tree effectively.  If there is current on the bank that I am fishing, I like to work into the current, this allows me to float off of the wood I haven’t fished if I need to take a fish off or retie.  It also gives your jig the presentation of a crawfish or baitfish floating into the flooded timber.

 When I flip my jig to my target, I let the jig sink all the way to the bottom, be sure to watch your line on the fall, because a bass may hit your jig on the fall and your line may only twitch a slight bit.  Once my jig hits the bottom I just let the rod do the work, just ever so slightly I lift it up and then let it sink.  I will always remember watching a Bill Dance video when I was a kid and he said that anglers sometimes do too much with their lures, by lifting, reeling and shaking all at the same time, and he said that a bass will think that your worm or jig is some kind of super underwater creature.  All kidding aside, just bringing your jig back to the boat in a steady manner is what I use, but sometimes you need to change it up after seeing how the bass are acting.

 Well, the sun is out and it’s not raining, so I think I need to hit the water.  I hope I have given you some ideas on how to improve you spring time jig-fishing.