It’s common knowledge that big bass love to hang out in the thickest vegetation available. Heavy grass contains abundant forage, overhead cover, and respite from the summer heat.
As enticing as heavy grass is for bass, it’s very frustrating to fish. Between snags, difficulty moving a boat, and lost fish – probing heavy vegetation can be an exercise in frustration. Unless you’re prepared properly.
Here are 3 tips to have you spending more time setting the hook and less time cursing the weeds.
Peg your sinker
In heavy vegetation, it’s hugely important to make sure your bait and sinker stay together. With an unpegged sinker, the weight will penetrate the mat but the bait will stay on top or lodged in the grass. To maximize efficiency, use enough weight to get through and peg it to the hook – Less fussing with rigging means more effective flips and more bites through the course of a day.
Keep it compact
Along with pegging the sinker, it’s also important to choose your plastic baits to maximize their penetration ability. When flipping, choose compact baits with a narrow profile to minimize the bait grabbing on the grass and maximize penetration. The VileCraw is an excellent punching bait because it offers the attraction of the flapping arms while maintaining a slender profile that easily slips into holes in the vegetation.
Look for transitions
As with other techniques, it’s important to look for transitions while fishing vegetation. Although a 100 acre grass flat may look homogenous, there are likely sweet spots that contain the majority of the bass. Depth transitions, transitions in bottom composition, and even transitions in vegetation type like where it goes from grass to pads can all be keys. Look for any differences you find and focus in those areas.