Bass fishing with lures is an extremely rewarding sport. However, many fish reside in shallow or obstacle-filled water, requiring more advanced techniques than simple wrist flicks. In this regard, flipping and pitching lures become a critical skill for successful and more enjoyable bass fishing. Flip and pitch bass fishing lures is a useful technique when fishing in muddy water and/or heavy brush, while pitch bass fishing is more useful for clear and open water fishing where shorter line lengths are needed. In this article, we’ll examine both techniques in greater detail.
Flip Bass Fishing
This technique involves letting out several feet of the line before making your cast. Many fishermen prefer using a seven-foot rod, give or take half a foot. The idea is to take out about double the length of line as the rod is, while the lure stays at the tip of the rod.
Cast the lure out, feeding the slack line as it flies away so that the line is mostly fed through the end of the rod by the time your bait hits the water. With this style of fishing, you don’t want the line too tight or too loose. The idea is to be able and set the hook quickly once you get a strike, while at the same time letting the bait sink straight to the bottom. If the line is too tight or too loose, the bait will not sink in a mostly horizontal line, and chances become slimmer for gaining a strike on the initial sink.
Once you get a strike, then you can tighten the line and attempt to set the hook.
Flip bass fishing is a great technique to use in brushy areas, stumpy areas, and even under docks and piers. With practice, you will be able to land more fish from shallow and obstacle-filled water than ever before.
Pitch Bass Fishing
Pitch bass fishing, also known as “pitching” or “pitch fishing,” is a technique designed to deliver the lure quietly and at a distance over the water.
A novice fisher, or one simply going for distance, will often swing the rod over their shoulders, releasing reel tension as the lure flies away. The lure will fly high and far out over the water, landing in a loud splash. Pitch bass fishing involves sending the lure out a lower angle, and thus making a smaller splash which will hopefully not scare the fish.
In order to create a lower trajectory, pull the lure out and hold it in your off hand. Swing the rod horizontally rather than over your shoulder, letting go of the lure at the end of the swing and “pitching” it out. The lure will fly out over the water in a much more level arc.
With practice, you will be able to deliver the lure this way quite accurately to your desired location. Coming into the water slower, and at a gentler slope than a regular cast, the lure should be able to minimize its splash, thus leading to more strikes.
- use a heavy line. You’ll be doing some heavy jerking and you don’t want it break. Go with at least 17 pounds.
- use a six- to seven-foot pole. Too long of a pole will interfere with short and precise casts.
- many of your strikes may occur as the bait first sinks to the bottom rather than on retrieval, especially when flip bass fishing, so try and make the bait splash quietly.
- you can practice flip bass fishing and pitch bass fishing without water! Simply find an open space, pick out some targets, and see if you can hit them with your lure.