Catching Bass Flipping In The Jungle
Learn how to catch big bass out of thick cover in this instructional bass fishing video. Thanks to our partner Lucky Tacklebox for producing this video.
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Yeah, boy. Holy cow, I like this. Guys, any time the weather is warm throughout the year, spring, summer, even in fall, these fish are gonna be up shallow whether it's vegetation, wood, or even just junk that's washed up into the corner, there's gonna be fish underneath it. And you can either throw baits to the edges of that and catch some fish, or you can go straight into the thick stuff, and that's what it's all about today. We're gonna be using the Strike King Rage Tail Rage Bug rigged up with a big, heavy weight, and we're going to be going right into the thick nasty stuff. So, let's get out on the water some more, and let's go find some nasty vegetation, and catch some nasty punch fish. Here we go.
Oh, it just hit me in the knee. That bass is spawned out. There we go, guys. And this is gonna be the perfect little time to talk about our setup. We got a little 3/0 to 4/0 flipping hook, 1 to 1.5 ounce tungsten weight. That's a 1 ounce right there. And then, a punch- stop, you guys need some kind of thing that's gonna hold this weight against the hook, because when this falls through the cover, you want it to pull the bait through as well. If you don't have a punch stop, just the weight is gonna fall through and that bait will still be on top. Lemme rig up the Rage Craw weedless.
Okay. Some quick things about this bait itself. It's the perfect profile to mimic the different bait that these fish are gonna be feeding on, and the heavy cover from crawdad profile to bluegill, frogs, any of these different little forage species that these bass are gonna be looking for in there, this is a perfect imitation. Then you've got these four little flappers on it, the four little legs that you've got to separate before you use it. We got four little legs that's gonna be kicking, and creates a lot of action which draws in strikes. And then, this nice, little ribbed body actually holds scent. You can really rub a bunch of scent on there, but also, the ribbed body and the legs displace water. Anytime you have a lot of water displacement, that's helping fish hone in and locate this bait, but then also, triggering the bite as well.
I usually use 60 to 80-pound braid. This is 80-pound braid right here because you're trying to throw in the nastiest stuff you can find. That nasty stuff is where the big fish are gonna be hanging out underneath. And you need to be able to get in places people aren't at. Then I've got a heavy rod. This right here is the 7-foot-6 heavy power stick, so I can pull those fish out of the big water, that's the whole point of it. Anyway, let's get back to fishing. I'm gonna show you guys how to flip this thing, it's pretty easy. Look for the heavy stuff, but let's break it down right now into retrieval.
All right. When it comes to retrieval, you're basically just flipping it into any holes, or any corners, any openings you see. And the thicker the stuff is, obviously, the harder it's gonna be to get into it. So, when you find… You know, we've got some pretty thick stuff right in front of us, here's pennywort-looking stuff, so you've got to kind of find little holes and openings to.
And what I like to do is I like to control, I wanna control that fall the whole time. So, I'll find a little hole right here, and then, as that bait sinks through, I'm just gonna slowly let it go to the bottom. And what I do is I give it a little one hop, two hop, and then I'm off to the next target. I'm always looking ahead of myself right here to the next target, the next hole. And sometimes you just shake it through a little bit. Once it goes through, you control that fall-through, pop it once or twice, and now I see another hole about 5 feet down.
Alright guys. When you're flipping, always be thinking what's going on, right? So, we've got these four little legs that are gonna kick as this bait falls, so that's why I wanna control this fall and shake it until it falls through. And then, if you can now feel that line the whole way through, you're controlling that fall, you'll feel when you get bit. Because a lot of times, right when it comes through that cover, the fish is already honed in and feeling the vibrations of what pops through, and you get bit, you gotta be ready to set the hook.
But once it hits the bottom, then I lift up, because that bait comes up, and I let it fall back down. If you lift your rod tip 6 inches, that bait is coming 6 inches off the bottom. If you move it a couple feet, that bait is going way up, way down. A lot of times, that's too much for these fish, they just need that bait going, hop, hop.
Guys, there's about 3 pounds. Can't be afraid to go into the nasty stuff. This thing, when you're trying to figure out where to throw it, it's anywhere you can't throw anything else. Right now, we've got trees behind us, we've got toolies, there's hyacinth mixed in there, there's even poison oak hanging off the shore in there. It doesn't matter where...the fish will tuck up underneath anything. They like to be shallow because it's easier for them to prey, there's a lot more stuff up shallow. But the thing is, they don't like being in open water, they want cover, they want stuff to be able to ambush. So, you can't be afraid to get in the nasty stuff as well, and that's what this bait is perfect at doing.
Some other things that you've gotta pay attention to is where you're catching your fish. Right now, if you look along this bank, there's tons of structure and everything. Well, if I'm catching my fish every time I go by some toolies, then you really wanna make sure that you focus on those toolies. You don't have to just skip everything else, because I think there's fish all the way along here, but when you come up to another patch of similar toolies, make sure you give that a few more cast and really capitalize on that area, then you can work a little bit faster until you come to another area that looks good to you. You've gotta hone in to those little things.
Lastly, when you're fishing this pressured waters, you know, bass fishing is growing. It sees a lot more people out there than it was when I first started bass fishing, you've gotta think about, "What are these guys not fishing?" And that's when it becomes important to be very accurate with your flips. You've gotta be able to get these little targets the other guys can, a little bit further back there, a little bit quieter. But you can't be afraid also to put your boat in there, your kayak, whatever, and dig down in there so you can get casts way back in where other guys aren't. You've gotta imagine… Sam, what are you doing, man? You're making a mess back there.
You've gotta imagine that other people are coming along the bank doing the same kind of flips. What are you doing different? What are you gonna do to put that bait where fish haven't seen it or fish haven't actually seen any baits? So, that's what we're gonna do right now, is I'm gonna try to get some spots we’re gonna nose in here, to try to make some more casts and catch some of these harder-to-reach fish.
There we go. Guys, it is so important to have a punch set up, something that, if you have a lot, I mean, this is easy. If you've gotta lot of vegetation like you've got trees and everything, you wanna be punching all day long, right? But even if you're in lakes where there's very little cover, you still need to have a punching rod ready to go. So, when you come up to that little bush or that little stretch, so there's some flooded whatever, vegetation, pick up that punch rod.
A lot of times, that's for some of those bigger fish are gonna be right in the middle of that stuff. So, if you don't have it ready, you're gonna throw around with a spinnerbait, or whatever, around the edges of it. But if you have that punch rod, you go right up in the gut of that stuff and try to get some better fish.
Anyway, guys, the bait that's perfect for that is something like this Strike King Rage Tail Rage Bug that came in the latest Lucky Tackle Box. And, you know, with all the little legs and everything, you put up lots of action, you're drawing in strikes, it's the one you wanna go into deep stuff with.
Anyway, guys, Travis here, with Lucky Tackle Box. I'll see you on the next video. Hit the thumbs up. Actually, leave a comment because I make sure to respond to all your comments. I will see you later. And this has been special guest, Sam. Sam, well, do you just get mad at me? He got mad at me, he's a little shy. Anyway, guys, I will see you later.