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Hello I am new member and I have a question. Sorry if this happens to repeat something that has been discussed in the past.

I have a little 10 foot boat that not really able to stand up in and fish. My question is I havent really pitched or flipped but interested in learning, is there any suggestions on ways to learn this from a seated position. Everything I have read talks about pitching or flipping from a standing position. Any help that could be given would be greatly appreciated.

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It's possible. Probably won't be pretty, but it's possible. You won't be able to pull out as much line, so distance will suffer a little.

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My suggestion would be to go to a little shorter rod. Distance, especially when flipping, will suffer. Pitching I usually would go for a shorter rod anyways. But when flipping you can only get about the length of the rod's worth of line out so the above post on distance suffering is correct.

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Thank you guys. Again new to this forum and concept so any help is good help

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If you use a short rod, it would make the task easier. The distance of your pitch would be reduced, however. Filpping could be done with any length rod.

Because of shoulder problems, I'm unable to pitch without enduring severe discomfort. To compensate, I use a roll cast. With practice I've been able to accomplish a similar, low trajectory and soft entry into the water using it rather than attempting to pitch.

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Pitching could also be called tossing.

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I usually fish from my big bass boat, but I have a 10 foot "no frills" Tracker that I use for small lakes and ponds.  If your 10 footer is anything like my Tracker you can stand up in it and fish if you have no physical disabilities.  Keep your feet wide and wear a life jacket in case you fall in.  I haven't fallen in yet. 

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I usually fish from my big bass boat, but I have a 10 foot "no frills" Tracker that I use for small lakes and ponds.  If your 10 footer is anything like my Tracker you can stand up in it and fish if you have no physical disabilities.  Keep your feet wide and wear a life jacket in case you fall in.  I haven't fallen in yet. 

I have a 10 foot basshound. And I could stand up in it but it isnt real stable with 2 people in it. I usually fish with my old man and he loves to cross them eyes and I could see myself in the water. LOL.

 

You can stand in  it for brief periods of time.

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It can be done, although the smoothness and overall accuracy of your pitch will deteriorate. 

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I pitch all the time from the seat of my kayak. It is great way to make a quiet and accurate presentation. I get some momentum by first allowing the lure to pendulum under the rod to build up some speed. From a lower position we lose the full length of the swing you can achieve by standing. However, with our lower profile we can also get much closer to the bass.

 

I only flip from the kayak in dense cover as I am almost on top of the fish. Sometimes I just lower the lure straight down with just 3 to 4 feet of line out (always exciting when a good fish pops the lure that close!).

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As far as I'm concerned, if you can hit your intended target,

it doesn't matter whether you're pitching, flipping or tossing,

or whether you're sitting or standing.  :smiley:

 

Roger

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I fish from a kayak and have been trying to learn flipping too. I started praticing in the back yard standing first to get the motion down. After hitting my target a few times I try it kneeling, then sitting. It gets uglier the lower I get but I think I'm getting it. Practice, practice.

I do agree with Roger though, if you can put it where you want it, how you do it shouldn't matter.

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I watched two buddies of mine (both big guys) fishing from a 10 ft. flat bottom and one of them got a bite. Yeah, he flipped the boat over on the hook set. I still laugh to this day nearly 40 years later.

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6'6" spinning rod.

 

Point rod tip towards water and holding bait in your hand sling bait out as best you can.

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Put some pressure on the tip of the rod so the bait catapults over and into the water.

 

Let go of the bait when you swing the point the rod tip directly in front of you, knee high if you are sitting down.

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I fish from a kayak and have been trying to learn flipping too. I started praticing in the back yard standing first to get the motion down. After hitting my target a few times I try it kneeling, then sitting. It gets uglier the lower I get but I think I'm getting it. Practice, practice.

I do agree with Roger though, if you can put it where you want it, how you do it shouldn't matter.

I will surely have to do a lot of practice. Looks like the patio chairs will be my best friend in the months to come learning how to pitch from a sitting position. Thank you guys for helping out the newbie.

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I cant effectively pitch unless I'm standing and preferably from a raised platform . 

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As far as I'm concerned, if you can hit your intended target,

it doesn't matter whether you're pitching, flipping or tossing,

or whether you're sitting or standing.  :smiley:

 

Roger

 

:smiley:  Of course, this is true.  I'm confident the OP was concerned about the difficulty of pitching and flipping while sitting in a small boat and wanted some answers on how to get around that.  Some answers were provided.

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Something I did to make life easier in my 10' flat bottom and might help your flippin/pitchin/tossin,  I have an old milk crate that I sat on.  It got me up higher than sitting on those really low seats but my center of gravity was still lower than when standing.  Be careful.  That thing was never as stable as my old canoe.

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