Boat Flipping Frog fish!

Want to boat flip your fish instead of using a net? Stop breaking rods! Stop hurting fish! We're going to quickly teach you how to boat flip safely and consistently. The next time you're on the water with heavy tackle and want to flip a fish, you're going to know exactly what to do! 

The technique of flipping fish into the boat instead of lipping them or using a net is very simple. Once you've learned the method you can replicate it over and over. Whether using heavy tackle and braided line or moderate tackle with mono or fluorocarbon, you can do this effectively. 

Below, we've broken down the gear we were using in this video. We're also going to include a handful of product lines from different companies that we recommend for boat flipping. Keep in mind that "higher end" tackle tends to be more brittle than "lower end" product so the key is to find the product lines that offer the best compromise of sensitivity, strength, and consistency. 

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'3" XH:
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro Braided Line:
Frog- Bully Wa 2 (Little Allen Color):

Rod Lines that maximize sensitivity and strength (besides expride)...

Shimano Zodias Series:
Dobyns Fury Series:
Daiwa Tatula XT Rods:
St. Croix Avid X Rods:

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Flipping, Pitching, and Punching: Everything You Need To Know

If you've ever wanted to catch bass in heavy cover this is the video for you! We're going to teach you everything from how to choose the right bait, colors, weights, gear, and more! We held nothing back, even giving up the tricks that took years for us to learn! 

Flipping cover for bass is incredibly rewarding. Not only will you get consistent action from quality fish but you also get to hit them hard, battle through cover, and play tug-of-war on equipment that won't fail under the heavy load. Its a true battle between you and the bass when you connect with them in the thick stuff!

What do you need for this style of fishing? Below is a full breakdown of the equipment that Matt and Tim use. Once you've watched the video you'll understand the concepts and can accurately choose the best equipment for your fishing style. 

Longer Rods Options...
G Loomis NRX 7'7" XH:
Daiwa Steez Compile X 8' Flippin:
Shimano Expride 7'11" XH:

Shorter Rod Options...
Dobyns Champion Extreme 7'4" Heavy Flip:
Dobyns Champion 7'3" H:
Shimano Expride 7'3" XH:

Reels for Flipping...
High End- Metanium MGL XG:
Mid Range- Curado K (Pre-Order):
Price Point- Casitas 150:

Baits For Flippin...
Jackall Archelon:
Sweet Beaver:
Rage Bug:
Rage Craw:

Line, Hooks, Weights, Etc...
Sufix 832 Green 65 lb:
Power Pro MaxCuatro 80 lb:
Dirty Jigs No-Jack Punchin' Jig:
Dirty Jigs Punch Skirt:
Strike King Tour GradeTungsten Weight:
River2Sea Trash Bomb Weights:
6th Sense Peg X Stoppers:
Gamakatsu EWG Superline Hook:
Gamakatsu Super Heavy Cover Flippin' Hook:
Owner Twist Lock Open Gap Hook:

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Tips for Flippin' and Pitchin'

Flipping heavy cover has evolved drastically the last few years. A term that once meant throwing a texas-rigged plastic into brush now encompasses everything from punching matted vegetation to pitching a jig around docks. Perhaps the term has been abused or perhaps we're learning new ways to expand and catch bass that are hiding in the dark. 

However you want to look at it, Flippin' has changed. In this video Matt breaks down everything from traditional texas rigged plastics on a straight shank hook to newer twists including screw locks, Superline hooks, and even jigs. The changes include rods as well so if you're flipping with a 7'6" rod you might want to consider expanding into both shorter and longer rods for different approaches. 

Below is a breakdown of some of the gear Matt and Tim have found to help them catch more fish when flipping and pitching in cover...

Flipping Rods...

-Light Flipping 7'2" Zodias
-Heavy Flipping 7'6" Expride
-Heavy Flipping 7'9" Extreme 795
-Punching 8' Champion 805

-Reel: Shimano Curado 200 7:1

-Line: Sufix 832 65 lb braid

-Favorite Flipping Jig
-Favorite Punch Jig

-Tungsten Weight With Liner
-Dirty Jigs Punch Skirt
-Bobber Stop (Weight Stop)

-Gamakatsu EWG Superline Hook (4/0 Size)
-Owner Twist Lock Hook (4/0 and 6/0)
-Straight Shank Super Heavy Cover Hook

Preferred Baits...

-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver
-Missile Baits D Bomb
-Strike King Rage Bug

Punchin' and Froggin' on the CA Delta

Can someone explain to me how a $3 frog could work so well? Isn't it common knowledge that you have to spend $20+ on a frog from Japan with a fancy paint job to get fish to bite? I guess not! This particular morning I had headed out to the delta with one thing on my mind; Punching. The plan was to strip the boat of everything but two punch rods, a handful of baits, weights, and hooks, and the Go Pro Camera. I figured I'd spend the day having fun and film a video explaining how stripping the boat of gear helps you commit to a pattern and ultimately helps you put more fish in the boat.

So what went wrong? One word: TIDE.

If it were a guide trip, or even a trip with friends I'd study the tides and make the best decisions possible. When its just me and a camera I didn't even bother to look at the tide charts. Do you know what a "minus tide" does to a shallow punch bite? The big ones go away and the baby bass come out to play! As you'll see in the video my plan quickly unraveled and I was forced to do what any self respecting fisherman would do... I drove to the nearest tackle shop and spent money!

Who would have thought that I would discover a long forgotten bait (at least to me) and begin to hammer the fish? That's exactly what happened! In the following days I kept catching fish and the size got bigger. There will be more videos to follow on this subject.

For those curious about what they're seeing in this video, the punch fish were caught with a 2 oz. punch weight, a Dirty Jigs Punch Skirt, a 4/0 hook, and a Dobyns 766 Savvy Rod (A phenomenal punching rod for the price). The Snag Proof Weed Demon fish were caught with a Dobyns Champion 736, my favorite frog rod.