Breaking Down The Flipping Bite | Bass Fishing

When it comes to flipping and pitching, you’re
always hunting for some type of cover. Itcomes in a variety of forms and I can’t tell
you where to start on your lake. A lot oftimes you just have to start flipping or pitching,
and fish, and fish and fish until you getthat bite, and then you start to get a little
closer to unraveling in what I call the patternwithin the pattern. But when it comes to boat docks, I just fish
the whole dock. I’ll fish each pier. I’llfish the walkway. If it’s got anything unusual
like a ladder, a rope, a boat, a lift, somethinglike that, just fish it all. But then when you get the bite, really pay
attention. Now where exactly did that bitecome from? Don’t be in a hurry to go to the
next boat dock, as an example. Sit and analyzethe one where you just caught the fish. How
deep a water are you sitting in? You know,is it like a gravel bank? Is it a mud bank?
Is that dock on a point? Is it back in a pocket?Those fish will tell you a lot if you pay
attention. You know, was it on the shallowside of the dock? Was it on the deep corner,
the windy side, the calm side? If you’re fishinga river was it up current side, the down current
side? It really goes on, and on, and on andthat’s what I call that pattern within a pattern
that can be so critical. I know, like, when I’m fishing bushes, flooded
buck brush, willow trees. . . It’s so importantif I could figure one thing out, is he on
the shady side or is he on the sunny side?Because if I can figure out how he’s positioned,
I only have to make one flip or one pitchto that target, and as a tournament angler,
obviously that gives me a larger window ofopportunity. I can fish more bushes than my
competitor, that hasn’t figured it out. SoI narrow it down to figuring out which side
of the bush he’s on, windy, calm, sunny, shady?You figure that out and then take it one step
further. When you pitch it in there and youget that bite, ask yourself, “Did he hit it
on the drop or did he hit it after it wason the bottom and I was shaking it up and
down?” Because if he hit it on the drop, thatfish is aggressive, he’s on that cover. You
know how he’s positioned on the cover. Nowyou know how he’s biting. So if he hit it
on the drop and your lure hits the bottom,why sit there and jig it up and down forever
trying to get a bite? Get it out of thereand get it to the next piece of cover. Once
again, that makes you more efficient. Youcan cover more targets in a day. There are times where you got to slow down,
and sit there and jig it up and down to getthem to bite, after cold fronts, heavily pressured
places, things like that, but just analyzethe cover, use common sense, but number one,
listen to the fish. When you get that bite,really analyze everything you can about that
piece of cover and exactly how that fish hitthat lure and it will make you a more successful
fisherman.

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