Pitching vs Flipping – What’s the Difference?
When bass are not active and are hiding in thick cover, the best methods for getting to thick cover, without spooking the fish too much, are pitching and flipping. Both methods are similar looking techniques, but certain conditions require one over the other. Flipping is best suited for murky water and dense cover whereas pitching is the better choice in clear water and cover not as thick. Floating vegetation and heavy cover are ideal targets to flip and pitch. For the best results, use a long rod that’s 6.5 – 7.5 ft long. You can pitch or flip docks, grass, wood, or other types of cover that you feel are not easy to cast to in the normal manner. The advantage to these types of techniques is you can make a quiet presentation and pinpoint accuracy that you can not accomplish with normal techniques.
Consistently catching bass comes down to proper technique. Below are crucial techniques to master in order to improve your performance and success as a bass angler:
Pitching is the easier of the two techniques but is not as precise as flipping. Pitching is a short underhand cast and is best for targets between 10 and 30 feet away. It provides a very quiet lure entry and the timing will take some practice. Be sure to close the reel as soon as the bait lands because bass often strike quickly. Use a single-hook lure such as a worm, jig or spinnerbait. (See video below for tutorial)
Flipping basically requires you drop the bait right on top of the fish. It takes more practice, but once you get the hang of it, you can really optimize your presentation and hit your target location more precisely than pitching. This is intended for thick cover between 10 and 20 feet away. Flipping generally requires you to use 8 to 15 feet of line. If there is no immediate hit, let the bait continue to fall and then shake it a bit before moving to the next opening. This is a slow fishing method that works well during the frontal passages and cold weather when bass are really tight to cover. (See video below for tutorial)
One of the best ways to practice flipping and pitching is in your own back yard. Place bowls about 2-5ft apart. Practice casting the bait into the bowls without them popping out or making a loud clunk.