Gear shown in video:
- Abu Garcia Villain Flipping rod
- Abu Garcia Revo MGX
- 20-pound Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon
- Missible Baits D-Bomb
- BOSS Outdoors Punch Hub and Punch Skirt
- Eco Pro Tungsten 1/2 ounce Flipping Bullet Weight
- Strike King Heavy Cover Flipping Hook
- Duckett Fishing Micro Flipping Stick
- Lew’s Team Pro reel
- 20-pound Sunline Sniper
- Eco Pro Tungsten Weight
- Lazer Trokar Flippin hook
- Zoom Z-Hog
There’s all sorts of cover that is good to flip, but flipping bushes has to be one of my favorites.
When I start flipping bushes the first thing I’m going to look for is cover in the right depth. Depth can vary by season but typically I’m going to look for bushes in shallow water.
The next thing I’m going to look for is a bush positioned by itself like this one here. Then once I get on the bush that I want, the presentation I’m looking for I want to get right on the truck of the bush. That’s where the bass in dirty water is going to position itself is right on the trunk. So you’ve got all the arms and the appendage of the bush that are sticking out and branching out from it but somewhere in the center of it is the trunk and that’s what you need to hit no matter where you’re flipping.
This is actually a group of bushes clusters together here and that is kind of the key in bush fishing in general is don’t make one presentation and don’t just pitch it in there, hop it, and hop it out. You need to give the bass a chance to find your lure. You may not drop it in on its head but if you work it up and down over a branch you can draw ones attention over to it. I place the bait in different locations, sometimes you got to pop it and shake it to get it to drop through there.
You can see I’m over a lot of branches I don’t worry about that my trolling motor I can pop the poles up, put the trolling motor in there and get right on top of him if I need to if it’s a big one. A lot of times if you just set the hook as hard as you can and just keep pressure pulling as hard as you can, you will turn his head and he will come firing out of there in the direction you got him going.
A big problem people find when they’re flipping bushes is they’re getting bit and they don’t know it. Nine times out of 10, if I’m yo-yoing a bait up on a limb like this, all you’re going to feel is you’re going to feel like your bait is stuck. A fish generally in a bush won’t swim out of there. He will grab hold of it and just hold it. So when you go to pick up, and it feels like your baits is locked on a limb, that’s not a limb. If you’ve yo-yoed it up and down 10 times, and it hasn’t got stuck. Then all of a sudden it got stuck; that’s generally a fish.
That’s bush fishing right there. Thanks buddy (talking to fish he caught). Alright that’s so fun.