When you were young, proof of worthiness may
have included writing in the snow or casting further than your
friends. But today, worthiness on the water is much more
sophisticated. So dust off your baitcaster, pick a target and
see what you've got!
Your main goal when using the flipping
technique is to have your lure land quietly with little splash.
You want the bass to first see the lure before the line ever
comes into view. Your lure should move low to the water, and
with your great finesse, land with quiet but deadly grace.
Be close to your target. Allow your lure to
dangle in front of you. Lower the tip of the rod and then raise
it, causing the lure to start a swing action. When the lure is
on a backswing, lower the tip once more, point it directly at
your target and let it go. With practice, you can manipulate
your flipping technique with ease, guiding the lure into the
water vertically - again, lure first, with line trailing behind.
Pitching is executed with an underhand
motion, again bringing the lure to the target horizontally and
low to the water, then entering the water vertically. Cast your
bait past your target and then pull the line in enough to hit
your target, lowering the tip of the rod so the lure enters the
water vertically and smoothly.
Begin with the lure hanging as low as your
rod is long. Lower the tip of your rod and cast with an
underhand motion, letting the lure go as you pop the rod up.
Remember to have the bait as close to the water as you can get.
Once the lure is past your target, pull it back a bit and with
practice, your bait will come down vertically with a quiet and
quite satisfying finesse. Boo Ya!!
Now it is time to put away your (very cool)
baitcaster and bring out your spinning reel.
Remember skipping stones over the water when
you were a child? You can use the same technique with your lure
to reach under docks and other bass loving structures. Hold your
rod parallel to the water's surface. Swing it forward, quickly
snapping the rod to a stop in half-swing. This will allow your
bait to skip over the water's surface. Let your lure hit in
front of the
strike zone, skip
over it and land behind.