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How To Pitch For Bass

Bass technique: Use soft underhand casts for largemouths in heavy cover

PITCHING IS AN underhand baitcasting skill that's perfect for delivering bass jigs or weighted creature baits in heavy cover. It's effective from 10 to about 50 feet. You can make a pitch while standing on a boat deck, and you can practice indoors with a hookless casting weight because extremes of force and distance aren't required.

Photo by Samuel A. Minick

 

 

   The Setup
Heavy-cover fishing requires strong line—20- to 25-pound-test mono. Start with a 3/4- to 1-ounce lure in your left hand (for right-handed casters) about even with the reel. While keeping slight tension on the line with your left hand, put the reel in free-spool and press your right thumb against the spool to prevent any movement.

Photo by Samuel A. Minick

 

 

The Swing
Hold the rod at waist level, extended straight out in front of you. Your casting-arm elbow should be bent and relaxed. Let go of the lure to start a pendulum-like swing. As the lure swings, raise the rod upward and outward by about a foot. Release thumb pressure on the spool so the lure flies with a low trajectory. If it lands right in front of you, you released the spool too soon. A high-flying lure means you let go too late.

Photo by Samuel A. Minick

The Landing
As the lure reaches the target, thumb the spool to slow its flight and lower the rod slightly so the bait hits the water with a gentle blip. Above all, remember that you're swinging the lure to make this cast, not throwing it.

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from vtbasser wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Good article. Holding the bait is very important as you get a consistent release point which makes accuracy come a lot quicker. Kinda like a pitcher in baseball.

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from cas0905 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

sounds like something that just takes practice

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from alandro wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

sounds complicated

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from morganfish wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

a trick I use is that I don't hold the lure I hold the line just above the lure that way I don't get my scent all over the lure. takes a little bit more practice but once you get it down it is a lot more successful

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from jscottevans wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Good article, I don't pitch a lure quite as much as I should for our lake. But I just need to make a habit of trying it more.

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from abiddle013 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

This works for just about all reel types, not just baitcasters.

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from DieHard1548 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Does anyone have any advice for the type of line to use with my baitcaster? I am new to the reel and and trying to find that happy medium between strength and smoothness of casting. Thanks for the suggestions...

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from RANGERMANZ20 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

This works real well with spinner baits to. Also a crankbait works good on big rock banks and just use the rod to pull back

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from jcdubca wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

I recently started practicing this technique. It's a little hard at first, then it get's really fun to see how accurate you can be.

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from bigfishguy wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

great article. a useful technique for the dense covered places I fish.

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from Bassmasterking wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

make sure that when you use this technique that its all in the wrist for the best action and let the bait fall FREEly to the bottom, that is how soft plastics are designed to fall, if there is tension it will go away from where you pitched and your catch will be about 20% lower

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from fisher480 wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

bassmasterking kvd much

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from Panfry101 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

Diehard... I would use 40 or 50 lb braid on there.

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from Coachcl wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

just got to work at it. But does take practice.

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from lbryan12 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

The heavier the lure, the easier it is for me. When you master it, you can do it without holding the bait. I use this for weightless worms as well. Soft, quiet entry. Strike comes on the fall 75% of the time.

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from Pasportsman88 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

A longer rod helps with this, I use a 7' Medium heavy with a 3/4 ounce football head jig and a trailer bait on it. Makes it easy to cast it into thick cover, only difference is, I use 50# braid to cut through the vegitation more easily.

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from Brewster g wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

my mistake must be in the release.I'm forever missing my spot,guess it just takes more practice.

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from ndhunter1997 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

looks kind of hard

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from vezzo wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

This is going to work great, no doubt! it looks so simple and its going to take practice to master it because it's art. I cant wait to get out there and use this set up!

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from gdavis4138 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Every time that I try this with a baitcaster, the lure swings out & then, it gets to its' furtherest point in its path but instead of the line feeding out, it pulls a little on the spool & the line fouls up into a big birds nest. What am I doing wrong? How much tension do you set on the reel?

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from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Used this alot for casting up unde willows.

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from thegermanshepherd101 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

i do dis shiet wid a spinner real

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from BassandBuckmast... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

That way of casting is way better then normal especialy near wood structure and docks............

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from Razofire wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

is there a reason why i try to do this on my baitcaster...and it doesnt go very far...it just comes back.... im new to baitcaster...and still get birdnest... sometimes. good article though..

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from lococabra3806 wrote 2 years 1 week ago

This is why I love F&S, I have been stuck with the same old techniques and gear I was taught as a kid. F&S not only teaches you the correct ways of doing things but makes me want to try them. Plus everyone shares their tips and tricks, making everyone a better sportsmen/women.

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from mcovey wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips. I recently caught a bait caster and have been having a hard time getting use to it. I will try this out next time fishing.

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from vtbasser wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

Good article. Holding the bait is very important as you get a consistent release point which makes accuracy come a lot quicker. Kinda like a pitcher in baseball.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from cas0905 wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

sounds like something that just takes practice

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jscottevans wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Good article, I don't pitch a lure quite as much as I should for our lake. But I just need to make a habit of trying it more.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from abiddle013 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

This works for just about all reel types, not just baitcasters.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bassmasterking wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

make sure that when you use this technique that its all in the wrist for the best action and let the bait fall FREEly to the bottom, that is how soft plastics are designed to fall, if there is tension it will go away from where you pitched and your catch will be about 20% lower

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from BassandBuckmast... wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

That way of casting is way better then normal especialy near wood structure and docks............

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from morganfish wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

a trick I use is that I don't hold the lure I hold the line just above the lure that way I don't get my scent all over the lure. takes a little bit more practice but once you get it down it is a lot more successful

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from DieHard1548 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Does anyone have any advice for the type of line to use with my baitcaster? I am new to the reel and and trying to find that happy medium between strength and smoothness of casting. Thanks for the suggestions...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from RANGERMANZ20 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

This works real well with spinner baits to. Also a crankbait works good on big rock banks and just use the rod to pull back

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jcdubca wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

I recently started practicing this technique. It's a little hard at first, then it get's really fun to see how accurate you can be.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bigfishguy wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

great article. a useful technique for the dense covered places I fish.

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from fisher480 wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

bassmasterking kvd much

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from Panfry101 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

Diehard... I would use 40 or 50 lb braid on there.

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from Coachcl wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

just got to work at it. But does take practice.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from lbryan12 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

The heavier the lure, the easier it is for me. When you master it, you can do it without holding the bait. I use this for weightless worms as well. Soft, quiet entry. Strike comes on the fall 75% of the time.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Pasportsman88 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

A longer rod helps with this, I use a 7' Medium heavy with a 3/4 ounce football head jig and a trailer bait on it. Makes it easy to cast it into thick cover, only difference is, I use 50# braid to cut through the vegitation more easily.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Brewster g wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

my mistake must be in the release.I'm forever missing my spot,guess it just takes more practice.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from ndhunter1997 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

looks kind of hard

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from vezzo wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

This is going to work great, no doubt! it looks so simple and its going to take practice to master it because it's art. I cant wait to get out there and use this set up!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from gdavis4138 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Every time that I try this with a baitcaster, the lure swings out & then, it gets to its' furtherest point in its path but instead of the line feeding out, it pulls a little on the spool & the line fouls up into a big birds nest. What am I doing wrong? How much tension do you set on the reel?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Justin Engelman wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Used this alot for casting up unde willows.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Razofire wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

is there a reason why i try to do this on my baitcaster...and it doesnt go very far...it just comes back.... im new to baitcaster...and still get birdnest... sometimes. good article though..

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from lococabra3806 wrote 2 years 1 week ago

This is why I love F&S, I have been stuck with the same old techniques and gear I was taught as a kid. F&S not only teaches you the correct ways of doing things but makes me want to try them. Plus everyone shares their tips and tricks, making everyone a better sportsmen/women.

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from mcovey wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips. I recently caught a bait caster and have been having a hard time getting use to it. I will try this out next time fishing.

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from alandro wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

sounds complicated

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from thegermanshepherd101 wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

i do dis shiet wid a spinner real

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