Flipping Out

An underhanded presentation works well on nervous fish.

Field & Stream Online Editors

Sight-casting to shallow bass on nests is an important aspect of fishing during the spawn, and flipping and pitching are excellent techniques for the angler armed with a casting rod to cover these close-quarters targets.

Both methods use an underhand delivery, allowing a soft and accurate presentation. The serious sharpshooter is on his feet; the higher vantage provides superior visibility and allows the necessary space and leverage to coordinate the cast.

A heavy, compact payload (such as an eel jig or lead-weighted lizard) is required to load the rod during the short arc of the underhand cast, but the low, flat angle of delivery allows the caster to "feather" the drop for a quiet entry. This is a huge advantage over the powerful, conventional overhand cast on a skittish fish hugging a tight strike zone.

An accurate delivery placed on top of a nest also allows a vertical presentation; the first thing the bass sees is the fluttering, enticing lure descending from above. This presentation allows the angler to use a heavy line with little risk of spooking bass-and heavy line is the percentage choice when big sows are within reach of tangling cover.