Flipping, pitching and punching

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punching rig for bass fishing

Though these are really three separate techniques, we’re going to touch on all of them at once for this piece since there’s already a ton of existing content talking about using a straight-shank hook for these applications.

There is a debate worth mentioning as to whether or not a Snell knot really increases the hookup ratio or not. Regardless, a straight-shank hook is undeniably the best for these techniques with most soft plastics, especially for punching.

A straight-shank hook creates a more streamlined presentation compared to a traditional worm hook or EWG (extra wide gap) hook. A punching bait goes through thick mats cleaner when rigged on a straight-shank hook and the same holds true for a soft plastic rigged to pitch or flip around shallow cover. A straight-shank hook creates a cleaner profile thus giving you the most snag-resistant presentation.