A new post popped up in the DuPageAngler.com forum a few days ago, and really got me thinking about the goals that I had in mind for myself for this 2012 fishing season. I haven't really given it much thought, but I realized that I had zero experience and confidence with flipping and pitching jigs and weighted texas rigged plastics! I have had this technique on the back burner for the last few years because I really had no clue how to fish it properly. So for my own benefit and those who are starting to learn just as I am, here are some good tips online that I found to get you started in the right direction. As a follow up, I will be posting again once I catch a few fish on my new equipment to give you some feedback on what to look for when flipping and pitching.
Shimano Compre Flipping rod (7' 7" MH Extra Fast)
Quantum Accurist PT (7.1 gear ratio)
Now that I had a rod and reel, what line should I use? Since I will be fishing in heavier cover I probably want a durable line that won't break easily. I will also want something with close to zero stretch for sensitivity...and depending on how the fish are reacting I may want a fast or slow fall rate. So for this case I will either use a heavier braid (Power Pro) around 50 to 65 lb test, or I will use a heavier fluorocarbon (Seagaur InvizX) in the 17 to 20 lb range. Since I am most comfortable with braid, that will be my line of choice. No fluorocarbon leader will be used either.
So now that I have all of my gear chosen how do I use it? This I really had no answers to until I met the flipping and pitching legend himself, Denny Brauer. He was holding a clinic at Bedford Sales in Morris, IL and was showing the crowd the proper techniques for flipping and pitching. Unfortunately it was my first time seeing someone actually doing it in person so I could not begin how to describe it...but fortunately good ol' Denny made a video on youtube about it...and here it is...
And here is another great video in further detail on how to flip and pitch...there is a lot of good tips in these videos so be prepared to soak it all in!
After gaining an understanding of how to cast with my equipment I started to learn more about the lures I would be using. Most of the areas that I will be fishing are inhabited with crayfish, bluegill, and smaller shad. So I want my lures to mimic those colors of forage. Green, blue, black, purple, brown, red, orange, gold, and silver are just a few to mention.
Most of my jigs are 3/8 oz or 1/2 oz football style jig heads or arch style heads. Some of the ones that I purchased are made by BOOYAH and Flat Top Finesse Jigs that I found at Bass Pro...see below...
The craw trailer pictured is a NetBait Paca Chunk, one of my favorites. You can also use a Rage Tail Lobster which Denny Brauer uses almost exclusively on his jigs.
So that pretty much wraps up all of the knowledge that I have on the brain so far. I am sure there will be alot more tidbits and tricks to come next go around. Again, if you guys have any questions don't hesitate to ask and I will answer them to the best of my ability...you can email me at...
Alan @ DuPageAngler.com
Tight Lines Everyone!