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Deep Pitching
By Chad  Brauer

Summertime is known for its deep water bassing, and for many that means crankbaits and Carolina rigs. But there are instances when picking up your flipping rod will put the bass in the boat. That does not necessarily mean you go to the bank and fish shallow. One of my favorite techniques is pitching in deep water.

A combination of two things is required for deep water pitching. The first of course is deep water. The second is some type of cover that requires a precise presentation. The cover can be a variety of things including docks, standing timber, or vegetation. Why pitch to these targets rather than cast if the fish are deep? Well, even though the fish may be deep, by pitching you can get your bait into the cover more easily and in a more controlled manner. Also for me, I can pitch with my left hand while I cast with two hands. By pitching I am more efficient and can get more presentations during the day. I basically use a normal pitch to get the bait where I want it, then feed it line with my free hand to allow the bait to fall straight down. Be sure to watch your line and monitor how far the bait has fallen, because you may get lots of bites on the initial drop.

I use the same rod and reel combination for pitching in deep water as I do in shallow water. The Daiwa TD-S Flipping/Pitching rod teamed with a Daiwa TD-X 103HVA reel fill my needs for this technique perfectly. That particular rod has been modified and will be available soon in the Team Daiwa-S-B-Series of rods. Depending on the water clarity I either use 20 lb. Stren Hi-Impact or 25 lb. Stren Green to fill my reel. When fishing extremely clear water I occasionally scale back to 15 lb. Hi-Impact but when I do so I also go to a 7 foot Team Daiwa Worming/Jigging rod to compensate.

My preferred baits are the Strike King Pro Model jig, the Strike King Flippin Tube, or a 10 inch worm. Since we are talking about deep water, I tend to use heavier baits like 1/2 oz. to 1 oz. jigs or 3/8 to 1 oz. weights on my soft plastics. I often choose the color of my baits in these situations based on the type of cover in addition to water color. In vegetation I usually stick with darker colors like black and blue, tequila sunrise, or black neon. White has also produced very well for me when employing this technique in vegetation. Around






  boat docks and standing timber, I have always done very well with green pumpkin and watermelon. Both of which give the appearance of a bluegill, which happens to be one of a bass's favorite prey.

So when the water heats up, do not forget your flipping rod, it can expose you to some unpressured fish that are waiting to be caught. Also remember that this can also be effective during the winter months, since bass are often located in similar areas when the water is cold.


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