In the late summer months, the vegetation can get thick—very thick. As an alternative to fishing deep ledges or rock piles, I will flip and punch this vegetation. To start with, I pull out the right equipment for the job, which includes a Megabass Orochi XX Flippin’ Stick and a big one- to two-ounce weight, a strong hook, and a Z-Man Fishing Punch Crawz.
With the water at its warmest and the sun beating down, the fish are looking for any sort of cooler water temperature and more oxygen. Thick vegetation offers both, with the shade it produces the water temperature should be slightly cooler and the vegetation itself produces more oxygen in the water. If you can find the thick stuff near moving water, that is even better yet.
I’ll start by rigging up a high-speed reel with 65-pound braided line because getting a bite is only a small part of the battle here. Getting the fish out of the vegetation is the tough part, and that’s why I use super-strong, super-tough Tuf-Line XP. It’s important to have a good hook set and then immediately get the fish to the top of the vegetation and not let them go back into it. For big fish, that’s definitely easier said than done. Once you let the fish fight its way back down to the bottom of the vegetation, the game changes and the fish has the advantage. Even a smaller two- or three-pounder feels like a 15-pounder when it’s buried in 10 pounds of wet grass.