Intern: Testing the BOOYAH Flipstah

Rick the intern again. Joe’s away and he’s reluctantly left me his blog. If you’ve never been an intern, allow me to share a definitive aspect of the experience: its highs and lows. There are some tedious tasks, but you also get to do some pretty cool stuff, especially at a place like Field & Stream.

For example: Last Friday I was sent home with a game called BOOYAH Flipstah and told to try it and write about it. Not exactly backbreaking labor, I know. The point of the game is to improve your pitching when you’re kept off the pond. It comes with a nylon mat, plastic-cup targets, two hookless jigs, and an electronic scoreboard. The jigs have magnets so that a sensor in each cup knows when you’ve hit your target and it can accommodate 2-4 players.

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If you’re like me, you’re probably convinced that there’s an 8-pound bass hiding in your favorite pond and he’s laughing harder with every nine-ounce fish you release (yes, I’m sure 8-pound bass can laugh). You’re so sure he’s in a pocket behind that submerged stump that you’ve decorated it with seven-dollar lures until it looks like an underwater Rapala tree in full bloom.

So, the notion of sharpening my flipping skills seemed like a decent idea during the off-season. And how hard could it be? Kids are pictured on the box.

Well after 20 minutes of BOOYAH Flipstah one of two things will have happened. One: your pitching will be much improved. Or two: you and your roommate will have burned through a six-pack, having reached the conclusion that you’ll never be any good at flipping and that your best bet will be grabbing that bass off the surface when he dies of laughter.

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So, if you’re serious about improving you’re technique when the flakes fly, then BOOYAH Flipstah might be worth the $99 (basspro.com). But if backlashes send you reaching for Budweisers, you’re probably better off saving the c-note for the lures you’ll lose to that log anyway.