Central Florida Bass Fishing - Flipping Hyacinth WOWVERYTACO
June 28, 2014
The area I was fishing has very heavy matted hydrilla around a small "island," with small, isolated hyacinth mats scattered in 5 ft of water all the way up to the bank. The green stuff is thick enough to use a punching set up, so I was using my Cashion 7'11" Heavy rod, paired with a 7.1:1 Quantum Accurist reel. I throw a 1.5oz tungsten weight, pegged on 65lb PowerPro.
Lately when I've been flippin thick mats I've been using a Bruiser Baits Intruder in black and blue, because it slips through the vegetation quite easily. The water was in the low 90's, and lately the fish have been pushing up into thick vegetation or heading offshore to submerged structure. I made a few flips into the hydrilla before flipping the hyacinths.
After shaking the bait through, the fish hit it on the fall. I set the hook, and swung a solid largemouth into the boat. I weighed it before I released it, and it came in at exactly 5 lbs. She is happy and free, and I hope to catch her flipping the hyacinths again in the future.