Mastering the Perfect Flip Cast For Largemouth

Pro bass anglers flip to score heavy limits from weedy, brushy, and highly pressured waters. This cast allows pinpoint bait … Continued

Pro bass anglers flip to score heavy limits from weedy, brushy, and highly pressured waters. This cast allows pinpoint bait placement in thick cover and hard-to-reach spots. Practice in your backyard until you can repeatedly drop a lure into a small target like a coffee cup. You’ll need a stiff 7½-foot baitcasting rod and a baitcasting reel spooled with 17- to 30-pound monofilament or heavier braided line. Flip a weedless 3/8- to ¾-ounce lure like a jig-and-pig or a Texas-rigged worm, creature, or tube bait.

HOW IT’S DONE

[1] Raise the rod to 2 o’clock and lower the lure about 4 feet from the tip. Then with your free hand, pull about 3 more feet of line off the spool and hold it out from the rod.

[2] Lift the rod to 1 o’clock. The lure will start swinging toward you.

[3] Drop the rod to about 3 o’clock, pointing the tip at your target. Release the line as the lure arcs forward and pulls the extra line through your fingers.

[4] When the lure reaches the target, stop it with thumb pressure on the spool.