Frank Talley rarely starts his day flipping, but that implies no lack of value — just a systematic approach. Like following up an airstrike with ground troops, the Bassmaster Elite Series angler from Temple, Texas, has supreme confidence in cleaning up with targeted presentations once the fast movers have done their thing.
“I love to fish shallow, and I always start out with reaction baits. If I can’t get anything going on that, then I’ll slow down and flip cover out to about 7 feet,” Talley said. “What I try to do is pick off the easy fish with fast-moving stuff, then I’ll go to flipping to try and catch the remaining fish.
“A lot of times, you’ll catch the bigger fish by flipping, as opposed to a fast-moving bait. Also, weather changes make a big difference. You might have been catching them under cloudy conditions with a vibrating jig or a squarebill, and the next day, it’s bright bluebird skies with no wind. Then, flipping’s really going to shine.”
Talley, who notched his first Elite victory this year on Lake Guntersville, shared his top three flipping rigs and his insights for optimal performance.