Flipping for Bass from the Kayak

I headed out to Mittry Lake this weekend with the intent to learn how to flip for bass from the kayak. I had previously been concerned about my low position to the water and how hard it would be. Within the first 10-15 minutes I had the technique down pretty good and my confidence was pretty high, even though the only other time I’ve ever flipped before was with a friend in his boat last summer. 
Rigged up with a zman palmetto bug in green pumpkin, and confident in my newly acquired ability I headed to a stretch of water where I’ve had a lot of luck in the past with throwing a frog. On about the third flip, I felt a solid thump and set the hook. The rod came tight and it felt like a decent fish, but quickly pulled off. I then realized that I was nowhere near manly enough with my hookset. I pretty much just lifted the rod like it was a crankbait bite. Oh well, lesson learned. I pick that stretch of grass apart over the next hour, and ended up putting two in the yak before calling it a day. While I didn’t burn them up, it was a great learning experience and I am looking forward to getting out and applying what I’ve learned again in the near future.


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