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Let me say right up front that for most of the country — certainly the northern half, anyway — the dead of winter isn't the best time for flipping and pitching a bait. It's just too darn cold.
As fall marches towards winter across the country, things change for flippers and pitchers. You'll remember from Lesson 12 that we have several options in the early fall, for both baits and locations.
Your flipping and pitching rod is a mighty important part of your fishing equipment. Without the right one you won't get very far on the water.
This time we're going to talk dock fishing, but not just any docks. We're going to concentrate on those that'll produce fish with a flipping and pitching technique during the hottest summer months.
In the next two lessons we'll cover a couple of the more popular warm weather flipping and pitching patterns that we encounter as bass anglers. The first one we'll talk about is pitching to suspended bass in standing timber on channels. The second will be flipping and pitching summertime docks.
Careful analysis and common sense both play a role in giving the angler an idea of what and where to fish. Look at what is available to the bass, as well as structure and cover--it's all about what is on your lake.
It's early spring in most parts of the country. The prespawn is in full swing. The bigger females are heavy with eggs and they're feeding voraciously. Now's the time to boat the biggest bass of your life.
Over the last six lessons we've talked about tackle and equipment as well as some of the basics of presentation. All of that is for naught, however, if you don't pick the right mat and fish it correctly.
The best thing about bass fishing in January, especially in the Deep South, is that you know exactly where they'll be holding — under vegetation mats.