Top techniques for fishing vegetation
Flipping and Punching
There are three main styles of baits used for this technique worms, lizards and creature baits. You should choose your bait according to the cover you will be fishing.
For example, in Lilly pads I prefer to throw a weightless 5″ Yum dinger. I’ll let it fall on slack line and then give it a few soft twitches. Make sure to watch your line on the fall because many times that’s when they will suck it in.
For hydrilla I will either throw a Yum Wooly Bug or a Bassassassin Pure Craw. For punching through thick hyacinth mats I will reach for a Yum Wooly Bug or a Bassassassin Heavy Punch Craw.
In either situation I will give it a few vibrating hops and then real it up for another cast.
Anytime I’m Texas rigging whether I’m flipping or punching, I’m going to be throwing a Trokar TK-110 with the lightest Picasso Pro-Metal Worm Weight I can and still get through the cover.
For this technique, I’ll rig a Bassassassin Boss Shiner on a 1/8oz – 1/4oz swim bait hook or Texas rig a 10″ Berkley Powerbait Power Worm.
Cast it out and slowly drag it through hydrilla fields or around Lilly pads and hyacinth rafts. With this particular technique make sure to hold on to your rod, because this can make for some real bone jarring hits!
Skimming the top
If you’re fishing vegetation, particularly shallow vegetation, you should make sure to always have a few top water frogs on hand. Something like the Strike King Sexy Frog works great, especially after the spawn when the big girls are trying to feed back up and replenish there fat stores.
I usually utilize this technique in the morning and evening, when the sun is low and they can more easily see my bait atop the pads, mats or grass beds.
I’ll make as long a cast as possible and “walk the dog” all the way back to the boat, with short pauses in openings in the vegetation.
Be sure to give it a second or two after the strike to set the hook just to make sure they have ahold of it good.