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noisy. They want their bait to cause a disturbance by moving the vegetation as it punches through and fall slowly to the bottom. Many anglers that prefer punching over flipping and pitching are firm believers that making noise during the baits entry into the water is what draws more strikes. It’s pretty dark underneath the slop and a quiet presentation may not draw a bass’s attention to the bait. “After punching a bait through the cover you want to strip about 1 or 2 feet of line or free spool your reel letting your bait fall straight down,” says Monroe. “Then I will shake the bait to make sure it has not stopped in the cover on the way down.” According to Monroe, once you get a bite you will want to remember where you caught the fish because bass tend to school up in areas, so when you catch one there may be a good chance that there are more bass around. “I’ve caught three 5 pound bass from an area the size of a small car,” says Lain. “You really want to make sure that you fish the cover thoroughly, keeping a watchful eye on your bait as it falls to the bottom.” At first glimpse, many anglers may be intimidated by the tackle involved. Punching heavy 1.5 ounce weights while using big flipping sticks can lead to aches and pains that you have never experienced before. Not to mention the fact that the tungsten weight can become a lethal weapon once they get tangled or stuck in the thick stuff. There is nothing worse than having a 1.5 ounce tungsten weight flying directly at your head after you dislodged it from being stuck. Nonetheless, punching is no different than any other specialized technique. You need to have the correct tackle and baits because the big girls love being tucked under the best and thickest cover. This is not a technique to be using wimpy gear or you are destined to get your heart broken. BW

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