Central Florida Bass Fishing - No Motor Zone - FKA
October 12, 2014
Florida is home to some of best and biggest bass you can find. It is also home to some of the best (and most fun) methods of catching big bass, including “flippin.”
Typically fisherman either love flipping or hate it or just don’t do it a lot based on where you fish.
If you live in Florida, knowing how to flip is a must, and as a kayak fisherman I get asked all the time, “You flip from a kayak?”
The answer is YES! It is amazing, rewarding, and can also be heartbreaking. Few things are better than sneaking through the grass looking for that bite. If I know the fish are deep in the grass I won’t even bring anything else but my flippin’ sticks. There is a Florida saying that “there is a flippin bite somewhere on the lake” and it’s true, you just have to find it.
So here are some basics to help you catch that lunker from your kayak:
1. KNOW HOW TO FLIP. I know this may seem basic, but very few start by flipping from a kayak. Spend time in the yard flipping at objects, or get on a friend’s boat and practice. If you struggle to flip from a boat, you will have a low success rate flipping from a kayak.
2. THE RIGHT KAYAK. Each year the kayaks get more and more stable and if you live in Florida, having a kayak that you can stand in is a big deal. This is important because you will need the leverage to get a good hook set when you are flipping in the thick stuff. Even if you cannot stand in your kayak, or you are not comfortable with it, you can still do a pitch-like motion while being seated. A few of us recently started fishing from a Jackson Kayak SUPerFISHal and we are in love with it. The combination of stability, speed, and options make it one of the best choices for paddling Florida waters.
3. THE RIGHT GEAR. The right gear is different for everyone but I typically use a 7’5 Heavy G.Loomis Mossyback Flipping Rod , Shimano Curado 200E, 65lb Power Pro with a 4/0 Gamakatsu flipping hook and a 1/2 ounce tungsten. You want a rod with a strong backbone and a highspeed reel that will get that fish back to your kayak in a hurry. In terms of baits, you will find all sorts of flipping baits on the market, so fish with what you are confident in. I prefer the Gambler Ugly Otter in Blue Shadow.