Bass Fishing for Beginners: Pitch Casting and Flip Casting Basics
Even the name flippin' n' pitchin' sounds fun! Seasoned anglers and newbies alike will benefit greatly from learning these sure fire techniques. Many lunker bass have been pulled from heavy cover using these two cast types. Flipping is a a lethal method of coaxing bass from areas of large vegetation. Pitching is casting your lure from a greater distance into where the bass are likely feeding.
Bass love to hide in areas of dense growth, this increases their feeling of safety. However, bass, more often than not, cannot resist a shiny lure being pulled across their path. Flipping is most effective in getting to the fish, rather than having to entice the fish to you. Flipping rods should be about seven feet long and should contain a heavier weight line, such as twenty to thirty pound test.
To learn to flip, follow the following directions: Use at least a length of line at least as long as your rod, and an additional 5 feet of line in your left hand, use a swinging motion, aim your. When your lure begins to swing forward, loosen the line in your left hand allowing it to slip through your hand. This technique allows you to place the lure in a target area of your choosing. When you have your lure placed where you wanted it, flip the rod up and down, which allows your lure to skim over anything that might be underneath the water. This action causes ripples and commotion in the water, which can entice a bass from the refuge of his safe haven. If you feel any vibration or hit in the line, don't assume that you are running over something that is under the water, it could be a fish. Always assume that it is. Reel in the slack, and set the hook.
Pitching a lure is a great way to reach fish. You can reach fish that are hiding under cover. Several lures are great for the pitching technique. Choosing the right lure is important in the success of pitching. When you pitch a lure it hits the water softly and makes almost no splash or waves. The quietness of the pitch combined with the right lure, will catch the bass's attention and often result in a catch. Pitching works during all seasons and can be used in nearly any vegetated area. Pitching should be done with a lighter rood, it should be strong near the reel end so that setting the hook is easier. The pitching method requires a rod around 6 feet long.
To pitch a lure, you must be standing. Hold the lure in your left hand. Point your rod down and to the left, be careful not to pull too much pressure on the line. Bring the rod forward and release the lure at the same time. You should end up at about a 1 o'clock position. Be careful not to use too much force. Done properly, the lure will enter the water without disturbance.