How to Flip & Pitch With Baitcasting Reels

How to Flip & Pitch With Baitcasting Reels
Flipping and pitching with baitcasting reels are techniques that allow anglers to make short, precise lure presentations without having to make a full cast. They are ideal for dropping lures quietly into specific areas, typically some sort of heavy cover. In general, anglers choose to flip their baits when the water is off-color or muddy, and to pitch their baits in clear-water situations. To learn how to flip and pitch with baitcasting reels, read on.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

How to Flip & Pitch With Baitcasting Reels

Things You’ll Need:
  • 6.5- to 7.5-foot medium-heavy to heavy-action rod Baitcasting reel Fishing line Fishing lures
  • 6.5- to 7.5-foot medium-heavy to heavy-action rod
  • Baitcasting reel
  • Fishing line
  • Fishing lures
Step 1
Make sure your equipment is proper to perform these techniques. A long fishing rod gives you more control while pitching and flipping, and heavy line is necessary to pull the fish from heavy cover. Use jigs or worms for lures.
Step 2
Hold your rod and reel in your dominant hand, and click the reel spool to let out line.
Step 3
Decide whether you want to flip or pitch. If you are pitching, let out line so your lure is even with your reel. If you are flipping, let out 13 to 15 feet of line -- double the length of your fishing rod.
Step 4
Hold the lure with your free hand and place the thumb of your other hand on the spool to begin the process of pitching. If you are flipping, keep your thumb on the spool and, with your free hand, grab the line between the reel and the first rod guide. Extend your free arm straight to your side. Now, half of the original amount of line you let out should be between your rod tip and lure.
Step 5
Propel the lure toward the target. If you are pitching, swing your rod toward the target and release the lure from your free hand as the rod moves upward. As you release the lure, also raise your thumb off the spool to allow line to come off the reel.

If you are flipping, raise your rod so the lure comes toward you, then lower the rod and roll your wrist upward so the lure goes toward the target. Raise the rod as the lure goes toward the target, and feed line with your free hand.
Step 6
Ensure the lure enters the water softly. Whether you are flipping or pitching, accomplish this by stopping your lure just before it reaches your intended target. To stop the lure, press down on the spool with your thumb.

Tips & Warnings

 
Make sure you are ready for a strike as soon as the bait hits the water. Whether you are flipping or pitching, let your wrist, not arm, do the work.
 
Make sure you are ready for a strike as soon as the bait hits the water.
 
Whether you are flipping or pitching, let your wrist, not arm, do the work.

Article Written By Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.