Continuing to learn new techniques is my favorite thing to do. Fishing has so many variables. There’s weather, fishery type, species, and time of the year to consider when determining what works best to catch bass. Even though I enjoy exploring different baits and techniques and even different types of fisheries there’s a few things I really enjoy doing. In fact in my tournaments if I can catch a few bass on what I call my “Juice” I immediately relax. So what’s those baits and techniques for me? My favorite technique is by far flipping and pitching. Any time I can catch a bass flipping and pitching at isolated targets I just feel fresh! As a matter of fact I even enjoy catching bass doing what I call “blind Flipping”. While I’m sure you’re familiar with pitching and flipping in the traditional sense I’m sure blind flipping sounds a bit weird. Imagine yourself fishing down a rock bluff. You can visually see stone crevices, large boulders, and ledges above the water. Often times those same features exist below the water level. You can’t see them but you know they are there. I flip my bait “blindly” at that object that I perceive to be in front of me. I know that sounds complicated but it’s actually very simple. Another scenario where I like to blind flip is vegetation related. When fishing submerged vegetation blind flipping works the best. Most of the time when fishing any type of grass the presence of a void in the grass creates the attraction for a bass. Often times I blind flip submerged grass. During the spawn bass love to nest in the holes in grass mats and blind flipping is a great way to target those fish.
My other favorite technique is fishing a spinnerbait. Fishing a spinnerbait is so stimulating on many different levels. It’s a bait that I can really comb shallow structure with. It’s also a bait that can be very visually stimulating. If you’ve never fished a spinnerbait by reeling it just beneath the surface you’re missing out! It’s aggressive, its explosive, its almost always unexpected. Even though you probably think of this being a primarily warm water technique I’ve actually done really well with this technique during cold water periods of the year as well. It’s always relative to where the fish are in the water column. Even during the coldest time of the year fish are often times suspended and feeding up. I choose my blade combination depending on how fast I need to work my bait and how deep I need that bait to go. If it’s colder and I want the bait down deeper I’ll use willow leaf blades especially in clear water. If the water is more stained and I need to slow my bait down Colorado blades are a much better choice. The bigger blades create more resistance and keep the bait higher in the water column with less speed. It’s all about blades with spinnerbaits the rest is second in nature.
It’s important for you to find that “juice”. Your juice may be finesse fishing or throwing a crankbait. What it is doesn’t really matter as long as it makes your confidence soar when that’s the deal.