Fishing With A Piece Of Bass Fishing History !!!

Matt gambled everything for the chance to fish with a real piece of bass fishing history and it was amazing!!! Check this out! What an honor!! 

Do you enjoy flipping, pitching, or fishing heavy cover for bass? Have you ever wondered why until recently all major tournaments had an 8 foot rod rule? Have you ever heard the name, Dee Thomas? If you haven't, you're missing a huge piece of bass fishing history!!

Dee Thomas is the godfather of Flipping. He developed a method called "Tullie Dipping" and later, the first flippin' sticks. He was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame in 2000 and later the  Bass Fishing Hall Of Fame for his contributions to the sport. Its such an honor to catch a fish with a real piece of bass fishing history that was once used by Dee Thomas!

While dipping sticks are generally a thing of the past, flipping is alive and well! We've recently done several videos, here is a link to our video "Flipping and Pitching Heavy Cover: Everything You Need To Know" -  https://youtu.be/gU1uGAVyfAI

Below is a breakdown of the modern equipment we now use for these techniques...

Longer Rods Options...
G Loomis NRX 7'7" XH: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq
Daiwa Steez Compile X 8' Flippin: http://bit.ly/2unTSJW
Shimano Expride 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Shorter Rod Options...
Dobyns Champion Extreme 7'4" Heavy Flip: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX
Dobyns Champion 7'3" H: http://bit.ly/2abq8nl
Shimano Expride 7'3" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reels for Flipping...
High End- Metanium MGL XG: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Mid Range- Curado K (Pre-Order): http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Price Point- Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp

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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

Pitchin' Jigs

Catching big bass is one of my passions in life. Most West Coast fisherman look to the swimbait for big bass but in truth, many of mine come on the jig. Day in and day out you can’t beat a properly presented jig.
Throughout my years of jig fishing I have fine tuned my techniques to what I would like to consider an art. I truly believe that paying attention to a few key details is the difference between catching jig fish and catching BIG jig fish on a CONSISTANT basis!

This video is the beginning of a series on fishing jigs in a variety of conditions. Please provide feedback on any jig related questions you have so that I can cover them in future videos.