Grass Flipping Tips

Grass Flipping Tips
submitted by catt

Maintain contact with your lure at all times, allow the lure to free-fall unrestricted without letting slack form in the line; follow your lures down with your rod tip.

Pay close attention to the depth you’re flipping, any sudden change in the amount of line you’re using could mean you’ve been bit. For instance, if you’re flipping 6 feet of water and the lure suddenly stops at the 3 depth, it’s possible a bass has taken the bait. If you’re flipping 3 feet of water and 6 feet of line sinks beneath the mat, chances are good a bass is traveling with the bait. This is extremely true on the initial flip and no line movement maybe noticed.

Strikes will sometimes be so subtle with no line movement that they can go unnoticed. If you feel a spongy sensation, as if the line suddenly got heavy set the hook.

Flipping matted cover requires compact lures; in grass, shorter is better so I stay with baits 6” or less. Texas Rigged Rage Craws, Space Monkeys, or Lobsters are a great start. Of course what bass could pass up an Oldham’s Jig-N-Rage Craw, Space Monkey, Lobster or Chunk!

Weights vary according to density of the vegetation, bottom contact is critical so make adjustments as needed to the weight on your rig.

Keep it vertical with flips approximately 8 to 12 feet away max, the farther away the better the odds of hanging in the grass.

Equipment is a personal choice. Many bass anglers opt for high speed reels for taking up line faster while I opt for lower speeds and more power since I don’t have that much line out to start with. I use my rod to move line since it will do it faster than any reel.

Line size varies according to density of the vegetation; I’ll use 15# Big Game in sparse grass and 50# braid in matted.