Perhaps the most versatile of all jig types, flipping jigs can be fished in a variety of situations. Its semi rounded or”arc-y” shaped head makes the flipping jig a cross-breed of all jigs. They are perfect for when you want to skip a jig way back, under a dock or brush. They’re also great to use to get a feel of an unknown bottom composition.
Way’s to fish a flipping jig:
The head design of flipping jigs make them the easiest to skip on water out of all other jig types. So when I skip jig under docks it’s always a flipping jig just to make it easy. I found that a 3/8 oz flipping jig is overall the easiest weight to keep momentum when skipping under docks, also it has a good medium paced descend to the bottom. If a bass didn’t hit take it on the fall, then once it is on bottom you can slowly drag, hop it back towards the boat to create a reaction, or territorial strike. This is my go-to option for shallow water docks.
Just like fishing under dock, I turn to a 3/8 oz flipping jig most of the time when fishing a lay-down. Fish the jig every way you can on a lay-down ex: pull up and over limbs, fish the bottom under a lay-down, fish around the lay-down and any other way to figure out where the bass are, and how they are feeding. Also be sure to fish a lay-down at every angle you can because one direction might not produce a bit while the other direction gets many.
Stumps are just bass magnets, especially when isolated from other structure, and out in the open. First ill try a popper or spook around an isolated stump and if nothing happens then ill pitch in a flipping jig to fish the bottom for bass. When doing this cast past the stump to not scare the fish, and to cover more water. Then retrieve the jig right past the stump while hopping/ dragging it along bottom.
Any type of brush that can hold a fish underneath it or in it should be fished with a flipping jig, don’t hesitate to pitch or cast the jig right up, into the brush to get to the bass.
Through Pads and Emerged Grasses
Fishing a heavy flipping jig in pads and emerged grasses is a common technique that can really produce when certain weather conditions are present. In the warmer months, during or after a storm is going to be prime for getting a jig in those groups of shallow water pads and emergent weeds like pencil grass. For this I will go with a 1/2 oz to 3/4 oz jig depending on how dense the vegetation is.
What gear to use:
- Rod: 7’2” Power: heavy, Action: fast – for fishing a flipping jig under docks, and light cover
- Rod: 7’6′-8’6″ Power: heavy, Action: fast – for fishing a flipping jig in heavy cover
- Reel: 7:5:1 – 8:1:1 gear ratio reel
- Line: either 40 – 50 braid with a 15 – 20lb fluorocarbon leader or straight 15 – 20lb fluorocarbon
What colors to use and when:
“Match the hatch” with crayfish colors. For stained water use blue and black colored jigs. The best way to find out what color the crayfish in that lake are is to try to find one along the shoreline, or ask a local angler who regularly uses a crayfish pattern.