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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
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