Flipping and Punching | Everything You Need To Know!

No more secrets! If you want to catch bass in heavy cover, this video is for you! Did you know you can punch with a dropshot? In today's in-depth video the guys cover this trick and so much more as they give away all the secrets to consistently catching bass with a flipping stick.

When Summer largemouth bass head deep into heavy cover it requires very heavy tackle to get them back out. Punching, flipping, and pitching are the three techniques used to reach these bass lurking in the shadows. If you're the first angler in your area to pick up a flippin stick you will be amazed by how many bass are deep in the cover. Matt and Tim put their heads together in this nearly 40-minute seminar and teach everything from creature bait selection to color preferences, right down to which speed reel will make your life easier for a long day of flipping.

Traditionally these bass are reached using a heavy Texas-Rigged creature bait on 65 lb braid. This method is deadly and has been responsible for producing an incredible number of big bass. However, as fish become conditioned there are times that a heavy jig and even a heavy dropshot will far outshine the Texas Rig. Knowing this little nuances makes all the difference and Matt and Tim aren't afraid to show you exactly how and when to make the adjustments.

Below is a breakdown of all the gear discussed in today's video. It is broken down by style to make it easier to follow along.

Creature Baits...

Jackall Archelon (Natural Profile with Gentle Kick): http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5

Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver (Dead Action): http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver (Lively Action): http://bit.ly/2MPuma1

Reaction Innovations Kinky Beaver (Lively with Bulk): http://bit.ly/2XQ1kJ1

Strike King Rage Craw (Exaggerated kicking, large claws): http://bit.ly/2uoqsLJ

Strike King Rage Bug (Lively Action with small appendages): http://bit.ly/2aAsuiV

Plastic Worms...

Berkley Power Worm 7": http://bit.ly/2ouqzSU

Zoom U-Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2H9RnSj

Zoom Dead Ringer 6": http://bit.ly/2PcHIi0



Creature Color Selection: Black Blue Flake, Junebug, Green Pumpkin, Watermelon

Worm Color Selection: Green Pumpkin, Watermelon Seed, Watermelon Red

Dropshot Components...

Hook- Gamakatsu Offset Superline 2/0 or 3/0: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Weight Option #1 (3/4 oz)- Miller Punch Shot: http://bit.ly/2PecRSg

Weight Option #2 (Up to 1 oz)- Reins Heavy Shot: http://bit.ly/2ZtWhBA

Weight Option #3 (All Sizes)- Zappu Sasuteki Punch Sinkers: http://bit.ly/2KVpSMj

VMC Tokyo Rig- http://bit.ly/2PtNjkf


Texas-Rig Components...

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg-X: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

Weight- Swagger Tungsten "Paintless" Black: http://bit.ly/2NjDYtV

Skirt- Dirty Jigs Punch Skirt: http://bit.ly/2Hqyl7T

Hook- Punch Style- Owner Jungle Flippin Hook 5/0: http://bit.ly/2G5aQTk

Hook- Wide Gap Style- Owner Jungle Wide Gap 4/0: http://bit.ly/2sBsR1Z


Jig Variations...

Flippin' Jig- Tour Level No Jack: http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

Punchin' Jig- No Jack Punch Jig: http://bit.ly/2cB4j2F

Jig Color Selection: Green Pumpkin Craw, Pay Day, Molting Craw, The Go To


Flippin' Sticks (High-end to Budget)...

-Megabass Destroyer 7'7" Bunker Buster: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY

-Dobyns Champion Extreme 795: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX

-Shimano Expride 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

-Shimano SLX 7'10" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO


Shorter Crossover Rods (high-end to Budget)...

-Shimano Expride 7'3" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

-Dobyns Champion 7'3" XH 736: http://bit.ly/2abq8nl

-Zodias 7'5" Extra Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

-Dobyns Fury 7'3" Mag Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV


Preferred Flippin' Reels...

-Shimano Metanium DC HG: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

-Shimano Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

-Shimano SLX HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

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Flipping and Frogging Big Bass In The Heat!

Its 106 Degrees today!!! Its HOT but the bass are biting if you know where to look! The frogging, flipping, and punching bite is going strong! Come along for a day on the water with Matt as he patterns bass on a hot Summer day and explains why he's making changes along the way.

A lot of anglers are afraid to fish in the Summer heat. If you're willing to get out there and know where to look it can be incredible shallow water fishing. Understanding shadows and bass behavior makes all the difference! Matt started off his day on Clearlake with a plan to frog and flip. He began with 3 rods on deck; a frog rod, a flipping stick with a 1 oz tungsten weight, and a flipping stick with a 3/4 oz jig.

The bass started biting on the first cast and Matt never pulled out another rod. As the day progressed he dialed in the pattern and fine tuned his color choices to get more bites. The combination of frogging the edges of cover and flipping deep in the thick patches is a 2-pronged approach that can be applied on any fishery that has heavy cover. Below is a breakdown of the gear Matt was using throughout the day.

The baits...

1) Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2 size 65 (Little Allen Color): http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

2) Flippin' Jig- No Jack Size 3/4 oz (Hematoma and Molting Craw): http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

Jig Trailer #1- Reaction Innovations Kinky Beaver (Low Blow): http://bit.ly/2XQ1kJ1

Jig Trailer #2- Strike King Rage Craw (Junebug): http://bit.ly/2uoqsLJ

3) Punch Weight- 1 oz Trash Bomb Tungsten: http://bit.ly/2bHj2pB

Punch Hook- Owner Jungle Wide Gap Hook Size 4/0: http://bit.ly/2sBsR1Z

Bobber Stop- Peg X Stopper: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

Creature- RI Kinky Beaver (Green Pumpkin, Magic Craw Swirl): http://bit.ly/2XQ1kJ1

Frog Combo...

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'3" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Flipping Combos...

Rod- Shimano Expride 7'11" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Metanium DC HG: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Sun Gear...

Sun Mask- Aftco Salido: http://bit.ly/2vgSsh4

Sun Shirt- Aftco Barracuda Sunshirt: http://bit.ly/2KaUg3m

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How to Catch Shallow Bass In Early Summer

Its time to head shallow for some Summer bass fishing fun! Frogging, wakebaits, flipping, and a whole lot more... its the fishing we dream about all Winter long! If you're not going shallow with heavy tackle this Summer you're missing the boat on a lot of really fun fishing! Today Tim is breaking down all the baits he uses to consistently target bass in Early Summer.

Everyone loves catching bass on topwater but this is the time of year you can upsize to a big wake bait and catch a GIANT post spawn bass. If the topwater bite isn't happening you can head deep into heavy cover with a heavy punching rig and pull the big fish out of the shallows. If that's not working, there are some awesome reaction options like swim jigs and crankbaits that consistently fool Summer bass.

Don't miss your chance this Summer! Whether you're bank fishing a pond, paddling a kayak, or ripping around in a brand new bass boat, the Summer months have some amazing fishing opportunities. Head into the shallows and explore everything your lake has to offer! Below is a breakdown of the tackle discussed in the video.

Topwater Baits...

Wakebait- Evergreen Noisy Dachs: http://bit.ly/2JbrbaM

Walking Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2: http://bit.ly/2axyR2a

Steady Retrieve Frog- Teckel Sprinker: http://bit.ly/2rmnqSI

Buzzbait- Slow Roller Quad Blade: http://bit.ly/2t7BMKt

Toad- Zoom Horny Toad: http://bit.ly/2aY5lBt

Floating Toad- Damiki Air Frog: http://bit.ly/2kWCcA7

Punching/Flipping Baits...

Muted Action- Reaction Innovations Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

Active Action- Strike King Rage Bug: http://bit.ly/2aAsuiV

5/0 Owner Jungle Flipping Hook: http://bit.ly/2G5aQTk

1/0 Tungsten Flippin' Weight: http://bit.ly/2bo4NZf

Subsurface baits...

Stick Bait- 6" Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Jig- 3/8 oz pitching jig: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

Jig Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

Soft Jerkbait- Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

Reaction Baits...

Swim Jig- 1/2 oz Dirty Jigs California Swim Jig: http://bit.ly/2auXfmx

Swim Jig Trailer- Keitech 4.3" Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Chatterbait- 1/2 oz Jack Hammer: http://bit.ly/2popvj6

Squarebill Crankbait- 6th Sense Crush 50 Silent: http://bit.ly/2HbaCGT

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Easy Texas Rig Tricks: Best Worms and Creature Baits

An in-depth look at Texas rig fishing for bass. Tim covers which baits catch the most fish, how to rig the bait, when to peg your weight, and which hooks work best. Whether you're fishing a senko from shore on a small pond, our punching grass on a huge lake, the Texas rig is a great option to catch more bass.

There are 4 key Texas rigging styles that a well-rounded angler should understand how to use. They are Weightless Texas rigging (typically stick baits, flukes, etc...), Texas rig worms (curly tails and speed worms), Texas rigged creature baits (beavers, brush hogs, man bear pigs, etc), and punching heavy cover (heavy tungsten and a creature bait). Mastering all 4 methods will open a lot of doors for you as an angler.

Don't let the broadness of the category scare you away. A simple 3/16 ounce free floating weight, a small hook, and a little worm or creature will catch a ton of bass under nearly any conditions. After you get comfortable with that setup you can begin branching out and trying the other styles. Below is a breakdown of Tim's favorite baits and equipment for the technique.

Weightless Style...

Worm- 6" Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

(Green Pumpkin/Blk Flake, Watermelon/Red)

Hook- 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Light Texas Rig Worms...

-7" Berkeley Power Worm: http://bit.ly/2ouqzSU

-Zoom Speed Worm: http://bit.ly/2v2HLlh

-Strike King Cut R Worm: http://bit.ly/2H4KfGQ

-10" PowerWorm: http://bit.ly/2cxomPX

-8" Bull Worm: http://bit.ly/2Iqhy3w

Light Texas Rig Creature Baits...

-Zoom Brush hog: http://bit.ly/2bnpCRx

-Zoom baby brush hog: http://bit.ly/2bnpCRx

-Strike King Game Hog: http://bit.ly/2pfGxir

-Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

Terminal For the Light Rig...

Tungsten Weight- Strike King Tour Grade 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2bo4NZf

Lead Weight- Eagle Claw 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2tEcZfq

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

Hook- 1/0 Offset Owner Worm Hook (7" Berkeley): http://bit.ly/2D9Pmj0

Hook- 2/0 Offset Gamakatsu Worm Hook (Most worms): http://bit.ly/2d07gvp

Hook- 4/0 EWG Superline (Most creatures): http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Punch Baits...

-Jackall Archelon: http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5

-Missile Baits D-Bomb: http://bit.ly/2d2dVlt

-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW

-Strike King Rage Craw: http://bit.ly/2uoqsLJ

Terminal Tackle for Punching...

Tungsten Weight- River2Sea Trash Bomb (1 oz-1/75 oz): http://bit.ly/2bHj2pB

Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk

Straight Shank Hook- Owner Jungle Flippin (5/0): http://bit.ly/2G5aQTk

EWG Hook- Gamakatsu Superline (4/0): http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Favorite All-Around Texas Rig Combo...

Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Fury 7' Med/Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Reel- Shimano SLX: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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