SA Bass

MASTER CLASS

In this three part series we look at the art of flipping which will enlighteni­ng and assist you to catch more ang bigger fish. In this issue we look at rods, lines reels, baits, sinkers, areas to flip, boat control ang more.

- >> Gordon Brown*

“The Art of Flipping (Part 3)” There are no ifs and buts when it comes to tackle and equipment for flipping to bass in heavy cover – Gordon Brown

There are no ifs and buts when it comes to tackle and equipment for flipping to bass in heavy cover. As I’ve said before, the rod must be a minimum of 7’6”, simply because anything shorter will not allow you to flip a good distance. The rod needs to be a fast action rated up to 30lb line and to have a heavy power rating. With so many lines on the market to choose from, I would still recommend a 100% fluorocarb­on with a minimum of 20lb breaking strain. It’s nearly invisible and has no stretch, making it sensitive to feel those subtle bites. Some anglers are starting to use braided lines, bit if you have not used braid before, I would stick to the monofilame­nt type lines. Also always retie knots after landing a big fish, and continuall­y check line for nicks or frayed spots as flipping heavy cover takes its toll on your line. The only reel to use is a baitcaster, preferably with a 6.2 or 7.1 gear ratio so as to take up any slack line quickly. Remember, when a fish is hooked, you need to get it out of the brush as quickly as possible. Keep your drag set pretty tight, but not locked all the way down. If you hook a big fish, the line must slip a little rather than to break off.

With the use of heavy line you should also use heavy wire hooks. The normal gauge hooks will open up when striking. The hook size will depend on the bait used. I always go up on the size hook because I am fishing for bigger fish and want a good solid hook set. The wide gap design is always a good choice.

Always use a Texas rig (slip bullet weight) when fishing plastic baits, which must be pegged. The best way is by using a toothpick. The flat toothpicks are much thinner than the round ones, and can be pushed further in the weight. I use pliers to push the toothpick tight into the weight and then snap off the protruding ends. The reason for pegging the weight is because you don’t want the worm and weight to separate. When it’s

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