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Today, I was fishing in Shearon Harris lake in NC and I was flipping A LOT.  I didn't even get a bite.  Do you guys have any tips of what I was doing wrong?  The moss is also really bad at this lake, which also collects on my bait I flip into cover.  I was using a black/blue/purple Revenge Flip jig with a Bass Snacks black/blue Pinchit! jig trailer.

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I agree with the Pirate, if it will work for your circumstance, I caught fish off and on all day with really snotty slimy moss dropping my stuff into areas from the bank.  I had to pick the junk off on nearly every cast but that was where the fish wanted to be I suppose :)

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When Flippin grass there are certain things I look for..

1st: I always look for breaks in the grass that leave a void... I start there if I am only "flippin"

If I decide to start by throwing a frog then I follow up and type of a strike and a miss with flipping right back into the hole that was made by that miss. If I catch that fish I will stay in that area and flip all around it. If there is no holes I will grab a heavier weight (1/2 - 3/4 oz weight) and flip a bait with less tentacles which in turn allows the bait to slide through the grass better.

Once I have fished that area thoroughly I grab my frog and start again.

Once I get to a dock or structure I will start throwing a jig or a brush beaver, or sweet beaver. Its all up to what the FISH want. It takes along time to figure out a good pattern if you have zero confidence in what you are doing.

But the longer you work on it the better you will get.

Good luck!!   ;)

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Maybe the fish weren't buried in heavy cover?

Just because you wanted to flip a jig doesn't mean the bass wanted one ;)

What were the weather conditions?

What were water conditions?

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I cannot believe someone hasnt said anything about what type/color of trailer you used yet.

I wouldnt have believed this if I hadnt seen it with my own eyes but I swear to you, next time you are using a black/blue jig setup and aernt getting a bite on your basically matched up jig and trailer, take off the blue one and put on a flippin blue or electric blue trailer.

Sometimes it doesnt make a difference, because they may just not want a jig, but I have actually had several times when I changed nothing but the trailer to an electric blue color and then whack, whack, whack..........

You get the idea.

There is one time I even used a green pumpkin jig and put a electric blue colored trailer on it and started getting bit.

Bass are weirdos sometimes.

Cyas,

D

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I cannot believe someone hasnt said anything about what type/color of trailer you used yet.

I wouldnt have believed this if I hadnt seen it with my own eyes but I swear to you, next time you are using a black/blue jig setup and aernt getting a bite on your basically matched up jig and trailer, take off the blue one and put on a flippin blue or electric blue trailer.

Sometimes it doesnt make a difference, because they may just not want a jig, but I have actually had several times when I changed nothing but the trailer to an electric blue color and then whack, whack, whack..........

You get the idea.

There is one time I even used a green pumpkin jig and put a electric blue colored trailer on it and started getting bit.

Bass are weirdos sometimes.

Cyas,

D

That's showing em something new alright! I am a firm believer in that myself! Good point 502largemouth!

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     To answer you question Catt, the water conditons were pretty clear.  As for the weather conditions it was high pressure and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.

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     To answer you question Catt, the water conditons were pretty clear. As for the weather conditions it was high pressure and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.

Not exactly jig fishing conditions; more like finesse conditions ;)

Many anglers get discouraged with the jig when in all reality they are trying to force a jig bite on the bass.

Jigs are a low/high percentage lure that is the bite rate is in the lower percentile while the quality of the bass caught is in the high percentile.

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    Ok thanks Catt, I will keep that in my head next time I head out.

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