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.

SA Bass - - Contents - >> 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

Soft plas­tic lizards can be used as jig trail­ers

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