How To Skip Under Docks & Trees

These are the tricks you need to know to skip your jig wayyyy back under cover. If you're the guy fishing the edges of docks and fronts of trees, your fishing is about to change! Tim goes in depth with the methods he uses to consistently reach deep into the dark corners of overhead cover.

Skipping is an amazing way to catch bass that no one else is even fishing for. Once mastered, you can reach fish so far back in the shadows that they're rarely approached. The method is best learned with a spinning rod but ultimately can be done with virtually any tackle.

Below is a breakdown of the rods, reels, and lures that Tim is using to skip in this video:

Swimbait Combo…

Rod- Dobyns Fury 795 Swimbait:

Reel- Curado 200K:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro Braid:

Lure- 6" Osprey Swimbait:

Jig Combo…

Rod- Shimano Zodias 6'10 Medium:

Reel- Curado 70 Casting Reel:

Line- 50 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Lure- Clausen Compact Pitching Jig:

Spinning Combo…

Rod- Cashion 7'2" medium Heavy Spinning:

Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning:

Line- 15 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro:

Lure- 5" Yamamoto Senko:


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Dock Fishing Made Easy - How To Catch EVERY Bass!

Stop wasting casts and scaring fish!  These tricks will change the way you approach docks, the casts you make, and the fish you will catch. Ever wondered how many fish are really under the docks? You're about to find out! 

Tim uses a handful of baits but his method is very simple. He approaches docks from the outside in, and darkest shadows to lightest shadows. He also treats shadows and shadow edges the same way he does a piece of hard cover. 

By mixing finesse and reaction baits and fishing the key cover pieces, you will effectively reach every single fish under the dock. These tricks work!  Stop making the easy casts, catching the small fish, and scaring the big ones. Use these tips to immediately improve your catch rates. 

The Baits Tim Used...
6" Straight Tail Roboworm:
Owner Block Head Jig 1/16 oz:

5" Yamamoto Senko:
Wacky Saddle:
Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Hook 1/0:

6" Osprey Tournament Talon Swimbait:

River2Sea S-Waver:

Tim's most universal dock fishing combo...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'10" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL:
Line- Sunline Sniper 12 lb:

Swimbait Combo In The Video... 
Rod- Dobyns Fury 795:
Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300:
Line- 65 lb Power Pro:

Humminbird 360 Imaging:
Humminbird Solix 15 Side Imaging Unit:

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Advanced Swimbaits Part 1: Skipping the big baits

Throwing a swimbait is not nearly as difficult as most people make it out to be. Anyone can go to the lake and throw a big bait and have a good shot at catching a big fish. However, if you live in an area where it seems like everyone is already throwing the big baits, it may be time to step your game up even further.
Skipping a swimbait is just one example of something you can do to set yourself apart from the pack. If you’re on a body of water with docks, tullies, overhanging trees, or other forms of dense cover learning to skip the big baits will let you reach fish that no one else is fishing for.

The technique is fairly simple and can be mastered in a few short hours (or less) by a well-rounded angler. By keeping your rod low to the water and slinging the swimbait with more force than is used for a standard cast you can get the bait to skip effortlessly across the surface of the water and back into heavy cover.
Give it a try then come back and share your experiences. I hope this lets you reach fish that you’ve never reached before and maybe, just maybe, catch the fish of a lifetime!

How to Skip a Jig

I recently had the pleasure of spending a day on Lake Lewisville with Tim Cline. As the day progressed I realized that I was completely outmatched when it came to pitching and skipping in heavy cover. Tim was gracious enough to let me turn the camera on so the rest of you could see how he does it. Watch closely and take notes, this guy is good!

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