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Denny Brauer's Flipping Techniques 1987 VHS Video Tape

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I am starting this thread hoping someone out there knows the answer and can solve this mystery once and for all time.

Back in September of 1987 one of the most educational videos ever made on pitching and flipping was released to the world. It was Denny Brauer's "Flipping Techniques" released on the now outdated VHS video tape format. To this day now nearly 30 years later, this video has never been re-released nor brought into the digital era of DVD's. It seems destined to slide off into obscurity lost in the past- but it shouldn't. This is one of the best videos ever made on the subject.

Before posting this thread I did a search on this old video tape and I found only one copy for sale- just one- on amazon.com for $78.99. It is a very rare video tape of Denny Brauer, a new classic champion at the time on his way up in the pro bass fishing tournament circles, and on this video tape Denny is shown fishing on what appears to be a private lake somewhere in Florida, but where?

I have never been able to find out what lake or, where this video was shot. And so I thought I would ask the members of this forum for help in trying to figure out the exact location this classic educational instruction video was shot at.

Does anyone know?

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Hmmm... nothing but crickets on this thread! I wonder if it is possible to email Denny or his son Chad to ask them a question like this?

And on a side note... I have an autographed copy of this video tape from Denny Brauer I acquired at a tournament around the time the video was released and I have not seen Denny in person since, but I have followed his career in pro fishing because to me he is one of the greatest bass fishermen ever. Denny has a 6th sense about bass fishing which is very evident in this classic 1987 video tape of him.

I suppose one of the reasons I like this video so much is because of the setting being right here in Florida and more than likely central or South Florida.

Denny is shooting this video in a relaxing time with no pressure on him to catch fish and he talks a little bit about this as the video progresses.

When you watch this video Denny is the only person fishing on this lake. It is surrounded by what appears to be cow fields. There are no houses, no docks. Just pure natural Florida fishing lake in pristine condition and apparently not fished very much as Denny is pulling out one fish after another like those bass have never even seen a lure. So the time of year this video was shot was obviously in the middle of summer here in Florida.

I doubt if there was a concrete boat ramp for him to back his pro tournament boat into the water. I am imagining he had to cut his way into this lake, or the land owner may have helped get the boats down into the water just backing into the lake in the grass and sandy mud along the shoreline, maybe lay down some lumber to back in on. It would be kind of funny if the land owner had to use his farm tractor to help pull Denny and his boat out after this video was shot.

***I say boats because Denny is the only person on his bass boat fishing. The cameraman is on another boat.

But while Denny was fishing on camera here with no pressure, he has an amazing 6th sense of where fish are in the water. I do not see this with most other professional fishermen. For those guys they run around a lake like a chicken with their head chopped off desperately trying to find fish. With Denny he can just look at the lake and you can hear him say "there's a fish right there!" or "That looks like a likely spot for a fish" as he slides his flippin' jig down into that spot and 2 seconds later is setting the hook on a fish. And sometimes Denny will say something like "there's probably another one in there!" as he flips his jig back into the same spot he just caught one, and bam! In seconds he is setting the hook on another bass!

He calls it and then backs it up time and time again. I have never seen any other bass fisherman do this. Most other bass fishermen are second guessing their decisions on where fish might be. You hear words like maybe or that is a likely spot where fish might be, but with Denny he is sure of it and he says so. "There's a fish right there!"

But I am going to tell you that in my opinion on this video tape of Denny fishing that unknown mystery lake here in Florida caught on camera was one of the most amazing catches in pro bass history!

Denny was working his boat into the wind and slowly creeping along the reed lined shoreline picking apart the cover inch by inch. And just like a fishing machine he quietly places his jig into precise spots without a splash or a noise, and he says "there's a likely spot" and as his jig slips beneath the surface he is silently counting it down one, one thousand, two, one thousand and Denny saw the cattail reed shake and he sets the hook on a nice 6 or 7 pound bass!

How many of us are so in tune with what is going on and paying super close attention to detail to notice a reed shake a little bit and do an instant hook set???

I have watched this one catch over and over and over again trying to learn from Denny every detail of that one catch. It was amazing to me. I had never seen anything like that before or since and for someone to catch it on camera was amazing!

Denny Brauer showed me in that one catch why he is truly one of the greatest pro bass fishermen ever.

After that catch and Denny is standing on his boat holding his trophy bass he is explaining on camera how he did not even see his line move. And that he did not even know he had a fish on the line. The only reason he set the hook was because some plant in the background shook just a little bit side to side because some big bass just 2 feet beneath the surface had just swished its tail to move forward mere inches to inhale Denny's jig and then just sit there.

Another thing I learned from Denny watching this video was in how he uses his fingers to feel the line just outside the line guide on the reel. Until I watched this video I had never done that either. Now I do thanks to Denny and this video. Not only is Denny one of the best there ever was and is, Denny is also a great teacher. Denny Brauer deserves more credit in my opinion and more attention before we lose a great one like him. I'd like to see more of him on TV than we do now.

Denny Brauer and this one old video tape has been a big influence on me and my bass fishing here in Florida since its release back in 1987. To this day I consider this video probably one of the best flipping and pitching videos ever made and it is just a dam shame this video has never been re-released in digital format on a DVD. It should be!

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Not quite sure what you expected to hear!

I have that DVD somewhere in my man cave along with many others, it is a classic but in my opinion it aint close to the best ever.

Again in my opinion Glen Lau's video's are hands down #1. Paul Elias's record breaking tournament on Falcon Lake shows what it like when everything goes right. Glenn May has a huge video archives on this site.

Have tried contacting Denny through his website?

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I have Glen Lau's videos. He still lives in Ocala, Florida last I heard. But his videos are more about watching bass in their natural environment and filming them underwater living naturally and how they feed, not specializing in flipping and pitching techniques though I know he shot his films working hand in hand with an old timer bass fishermen to capture some of the bass underwater hitting on lures. But as far as I know there are no Glen Lau films on specific fishing techniques.

http://www.glenlau.com/

And to my knowledge, this Denny Brauer video mentioned in this thread has never been released on DVD. It is only available on VHS video tape.

If it were available on DVD I would have one- and they would routinely be found on ebay and amazon.com for sale. I have not found any DVD's of this particular video for sale in nearly 30 years and believe me I look for it!

I have close to 100 bass fishing video tapes and DVD's collected over 30 years and this 1987 Denny Brauer video mentioned in this thread is indeed one of the best I have ever seen on the subject. But I must confess I think one of the reasons this particular video has been so useful and educational to me is because it was shot in my backyard environment.

If it was shot in a desert lake I probably would not have even bought it. I have little use for videos shot in California or desert lakes or up in the mountains. I want videos shot in my swampy Florida environment because it is more useful to me than trying to adapt some rocky mountain lake techniques into the Florida swamps, lakes, and rivers.

And yes over the years I have tried contacting the Brauer's with no success at all. I figured one day I might run across him at a tournament and ask him then.

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30 minutes ago, Catt said:

Not quite sure what you expected to hear!

 

Have tried contacting Denny through his website?

I want to hear a definitive location for this video! For nearly 30 years I have traveled all over Florida and wondering where it was shot.

Speaking of Denny Brauer websites... I can not find a Denny Brauer or even a Chad Brauer website. I see them on other websites, but none of their own making.

Do any of you know how to contact Denny or Chad Brauer via email?

Talk about some guys who keep a low profile and stay away from the internet, the Brauer's are it.

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Glen Lau's videos teach us how to understand bass which applies to every technique everywhere!

Just as Buck Perry's books on structure apply on any body of water.

VHS, DVD, books, magazines, or news paper articles I got em!

Gary Klien has some excellent videos on flipping/ pitching

Like I said what did you expect to hear?

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13 minutes ago, Catt said:

 

Like I said what did you expect to hear?

Location, location, location!

Where is the Denny Brauer 1987 "flipping Techniques" VHS video tape lake location???

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Making a fishing tape 28 years ago required a film crew and advance preparations, today it's done easily with 1 extra person with or no little prep. A 20 minute tape could have taken over a week to film, rarely are they completed in one outing.

Denny Brauer would need to travel to Florida to film, haven't watched this tape, so can't comment on it. If the background looks like a Florida lake based on vegetation, flat terrain and very dark colored bass typical bass from that region, then it's more than likely filmed there. Pond 13 /Stick marsh was a common area to film back then.

Tom

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I would try and contact Denny through BASS or maybe he has a web site. I do think Denny does some instruction on Bass University web site, so you may get in touch through there and find a copy.  I would think a request as unique as this would get his attention and he would be glad to help.

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