Flipping and pitching are the best ways to catch big largemouth Bass in April

By Don Ingram
   Flipping or pitching is one of the best techniques to catch largemouth Bass during April. More big largemouth Bass have been caught flipping or pitching than any other technique.
   Bass are creatures of habit and opportunity. Bass that are inactive and holding near cover can be caught if the proper flipping or pitching presentation is used.
   When shallow water fish are inactive, they tend to position in or around the thickest cover available because they feel secure or protected. In flipping, a weedless lure is pitched with a limited amount of line, usually 20 feet or less, into the thickest cover an angler can find. Once the lure is in the cover, the angler shakes the lure, trying to entice a finicky Bass to bite.
   The best lures for flipping are heavy duty, weedless jigs tipped with plastic trailers, Texas rigged worms, large tube baits, and the new wave of lures–the Prowler “creature” and Zoom “brush hog.” As a general rule, jigs seem to work better during February and March while plastic lures work better during April and May. Rig the plastic baits with a 3/0 or 4/0 ultra point Mustad hook to increase your chances of landing the fish.
   The proper fishing equipment is essential because once a Bass is enticed to bite, the next step and most important is to actually get the bass to the boat. I use a 7’6, heavy action, Bass Pro Shop “Flippin’ Stick” rigged with 25 to 30 lb. P-Line. The rod is extremely stiff and specifically designed for the technique. P-Line is my choice when flipping because it is abrasive resistant which is very important when pitching in trees, stumps and brush piles.
   The key to catching fish using the flipping technique is practice: practice pitching the lure quietly into the precise location and practice recognizing the cover located and positioned in the best areas to hold a large fish.
   I will never forget the first time I flipped a jig into a thick treetop and set the hook on a four-pound largemouth. I had to break limbs off the tree to get the fish out. I enjoyed it so much I have been digging bass out of trees and brush piles ever since.

Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article entitled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

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