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how effective is flipping and pitching senkos and spinnerbaits?if your piptching a senko and dont get a strike on the fall should u reel it in and pitch it somewhere else because i thought when your pitching its more of a fast pace way. and do u think a spinnerbait would be good for pitching? im asking because its something a bass has never seen before because most anglers will bust out the jigs when pitching

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On a flip, you don't have to reel.  A pitch is an actual cast, but just short, accurate, and quiet.  As far as the effectiveness...that depends on cover and water clarity.  If the fish can see you, it's hard to get them to bite.

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Flipping will really only work while standing unless you're only wanting to flip about 6 foot distance.  Pitching can be accomplished from a sitting position but again, it really works best standing unless you're using spinning tackle to pitch with and then it's a whole nother ballgame.

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One concept of pitching is to reduce unproductive bait reeling by getting closer to target fish and shortening unnecessarily long casts. Long casts have their place, especially in gin clear water, but tend to be noisy on the splash down, and in many cases a crankbait is only in the strike zone 5-10 feet out of 100. 90% of it is getting the lure down then bringing it back up, all that time above the strike zone. Pitching gets a lure closer to a bass faster and productive strike zone reeling goes up to 20-30% if the lure is matched to the technique.

Flipping is the most effective in terms of strike zone per foot of line out in the water, and in stealth of lure entry. It's more suited to either dingy water or very heavy cover hiding you from view of bass. It requires the stealthiest of boat handling and approach to targets.

I've caught plenty of bass on a spinnerbait right at the boat with the lure dangling. You can flip a spinnerbait quite effectively, literally touching the water surface with it then springing it into action. Senkos, T-rigged, whacky, whatever rigged, are perfect for flipping. Keep in mind flipping should be a noiseless, splashless lure entry unless you discover bass want a noisy lure entry. Usually you are better off laying a lure without a ripple, as though floating the lure in with a cane pole and short line. It takes standing up to swing a lure properly and get the lure farther out than rod length plus whatever line you can dangle above water and still swing away. You can cast sitting down. Pitching would be the most difficult of the three techniques while sitting, affording very short distance.

Jim

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i have flipped senkos but not often, i feel there are better flippin baits than a senko,have never flipped a s.b.,but do often pitch one in standing cover,laydons, and overhangs.i stand ALWAYS,i do have a leaning post but only break it out if its rough and cant maintain balance.i pitch just about all my baits if im fishing cover,only cast if i have too.i believe pitchin and flippin are the most effective way to catch bass in cover

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when ever i try 2 pitch my range is small only about 10 to 12 yards if i try any harder my pole will hit the floor. is there a betterway 2 get more distance besides losening up on the cast control?

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Pitching is all in your body mechanics. The best way to learn it correctly is to watch someone who is an expert and copy what they do. After that it's up to you to spend time off the water practicing it in the yard or driveway or wherever. If you don't learn it correctly then you can damage your shoulder, elbow or wrist during a long day of fishing. When you really get it down pat you will get maximum distance with minimal wear and tear on your joints. You will also be capable of skipping baits under docks and overhanging branches and such.

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10-12 yards is typical, about 1/3 an average long cast. One objective of pitching is really good accuracy, longer casts losing that advantage. Use a rod that's 6" or more shorter than you are tall for pitching. I like an older 5' rod with pistol grip for that and skipping lures. If I ever break it I'll be looking for a new pistol grip rod with softer tip, more backbone and higher modulus.

Jim

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Pitching a spinnerbait to cover cover like a lay-down or standing wood in deeper water has caught me some nice fish. I like to pitch it close, and let it drop vetically just like a jig or plastic. I usually use a single colorado blade for this technique. Some times I will work it back to the boat, other times I just burn it back to make another pitch; depends on the fish.

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