Flipping and punching can draw some rod-jarring strikes and monster fish, but only if you do it right. When it comes to flipping/pitching, there are two different situations you can find yourself in: super thick grass mats, or sparse wood and bushes. If you encounter the latter, then you'd generally want to use lighter weights. Anything from 1/4oz to 3/8oz should be fine, since you aren't punching through anything. This also gives you a wider array of lures to use, such as Texas rigged creatures and jigs, but if you decide to punch super heavy cover, then you should expect to be limited to only a couple lure styles. In heavy cover, you want heavy weights and strong hooks. You usually need a minimum of a 3/4oz weight, and depending on the thickness of the cover, some even go up to 2oz. Since you're fishing ultra heavy cover, you need heavy gear. A heavy rod with a high speed reel (I prefer 8.1:1 but some go down to 6.3:1) and heavy line (60lb is a must IMO). When it comes to hook choice, I prefer a Mustad Grip Pin Max Flipping hook, but most straight shank flipping hooks will do. Some like to use EWGs, but they reduce hookups in heavy cover and tend to bend depending on the brand. With flipping rigs, you also want compactness, as a smaller profile will slip through cover easier. This means you'll have to use the lightest weight possible (usually 3/4oz at the smallest, but 1oz is a great place to start), and you'll want to use plastics with minimum appendages. Stray away from Brush Hog style baits with long tails that can get hung up, and look for slim, streamlined baits. (WOO!) Tungsten is very helpful when flipping because it's much smaller than lead and will penetrate through cover easier. A general flipping rig will look like this (in picture): 1-2 bobber stops (WOO!), a tungsten weight (WOO!), an optional bead (WOO!), and a 3/0-5/0 flipping hook. Once you have your rig set up, just pitch your rig into heavy cover and prepare for some HARD strikes!
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