Pitching Fishing Techniques

By Scott Nelson


Fishermen in boat

Fishermen in boat

There’s a cast for just about every different situation that present itself during the fishing day.  There comes a time for a long pitch and a time for an short quick flip, an overhand roll or a pitch-skip cast.  By learning and practicing these fishing techniques preferably left and right hands you will a not only a better fisherman that is ready any obstacle that presents itself


Flipping – best for muddy water or extremely heavy cover.  A short line technique.  that is quiet and more accurate than any of the other casts when distance is not requires.

Pitching –  great for clearer water situations when a quiet precise entry is needed but with a lot more distance.

Over Hand Roll – A good technique for getting just under objects or in between branches.

Pitch-Skip – the most ideal for getting way back under objects (docks and laydowns) here the cast presents the bait in the skipping/fleeing motion than hungry fish love.

Kelly Bostain wrote about these fishing techniques in an article featured in the Tulsa World this week that goes into great detail about these casts and the need to know how and when to use them.

The point of flipping and pitching is it allows a presentation that works a bait down into cover where the fish live. With water in the Red River warming up, bass are moving into the shallows and preparing to spawn. On top of that, rain and high winds have stirred things up and likely caused bass to “hold tight to cover,” Biffle said. That means the fish have tucked themselves in close to stumps, roots, laydowns and ducked under old duck blinds and floating mats of plant matter and grass.

That’s where flipping and pitching comes into play. “It’s a technique that allows you to put the bait right on top of the fish’s head,” Biffle said. “You slip it in the water right there, with a real quiet entry, in next to a log or whatever when the fish get tight to cover. … It’s just the best technique you can use right now.”

Pitching involves letting out line about the length of your rod, letting it swing back toward you as you hold the rod upward and then, with a flick of the wrist, using that momentum to propel the bait out for a soft delivery into the water 10 feet away or out to 60 feet away.

Flipping uses the same sort of delivery, but the angler lets out more line and, with a similar rod action, casts while holding the line out to the excess to take up the slack and then letting it go. “It’s more limited is why pitching is a better technique,” Biffle said. “Flipping you can only reach out 20, 25 feet.” read full article…

I think Kelly did a fine job of covering these fishing techniques and I for one know that learning this will greatly improve my catch.  I’m investing in some of those Premium 7″ Purple Pre-Tied Texas Rigs that he spoke of to take advantage of what I learned.  Thanks Kelly!

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