Flipping and pitching, both are techniques to introduce the baits at close distance accurately and so quietly in heavy cover water surfaces like floating vegetation without spooking the fishes. Both batting processes look the same, but the main difference is the distance and the presentation of baits. The flipping technique is generally used by bass anglers at distances of less than 20 to 25 feet. On the other hand, pitching is used when it needs to bait more than 25 feet in distance but softly introduction of the baits. It seems easy to apply those processes but not. More and more practice you need to be gained to be a pro. In this, I will try to explain the differences between flipping and pitching; and the processes to be a pro in these.

Why Pitching and Flipping?

Generally, these two techniques are used to catch bass under the heavy cover water surface. The reason behind that is bass can be found in different depths of water. They change their position from approximately 1 to 100 feet in depth according to the condition, like temperature. These guys are so sensitive to sounds. If you introduce your baits so roughly, you may frighten them. Therefore, you need to intrude your baits softly without spooking the fish.

Not only for bass but also these techniques are useful to catch fish close to your boat or the banks.

There is another reason to apply these techniques, which is accuracy. You can bait more efficiently and more accurately with these two baiting methods. But for this, you need to practice until you get the accuracy.


For short distances (less than 20 to 25 feet) and more accurate, soft baiting in heavy covered shallow water is the flipping process. When you can go close to the fish without spooking, you can use flipping. You may find this situation in muddy water.

Execution of Flipping

Using both hands is required to execute flipping. If you are right-handy, hold the rod in your right hand and thumb on the spool to control the distance. Take enough line that bait hangs about at the point of your wrist falling at the hip. Using the left hand, grab the line loosely between the reel and first guide and pull the line left side when the rod is in the vertical position to the water surface.

Angler is Used Fipping Technique

Now, you need to make momentum on the lure by moving your rod up and down. At executing time of through, you need to focus on the spot and release slowly the line, taking your left-hand close to the rod.


In long-distance in clear and heavy covered shallow water to introduce bait softly, you can use the pitching method. In clear water, closing to the fish is quite hard and a struggle. But in this technique, you can reach the fishes and present your bait softly and efficiently without spooking them.

Execution of Pitching

You also need both hands to execute pitching. It depends on your wrist power and your thumb. Thumb is used to control the distance like the brake of a car.

First, you need to hold your rod horizontally and take enough line out of the rod that the bait hanging to the bottom of the rod. It gives you a good pendulum point, not too low or not too high. Then grab the bait by the other offhand but carefully. You may injure by the hooks.

Little Girl Try to Learn Pitching

Now you need to use your wrist power to through the bait parallel to the water surface to the baiting spot, releasing the bait from your hand simultaneously. Use your thumb to stop releasing the line from the reel when your bait is reached on the focusing position. This way you may get a good, accurate, and soft landing of the bait on the water.

Flipping vs Pitching: Core Differences

Flip and pitch both are common in their applicable goal which is the soft landing on the water without spooking the fish. But both are used by the anglers in different situations. There are some differences between them are described below:


Flipping is more accurate than pitching. By flipping, you can exactly bait where you want to.


The flipping technique is for short-distance baiting than another one. You can flip about less than 20 to 25 feet because you cannot hold so much line in your left hand, which is mentioned under the “execution of flipping” paragraph. For long-distance soft landing on the water, you must use the pitching technique.

Water Quality

The pitching technique is used in clear water because you can not go so close to using the flipping technique. In clear water fishes hiding under the covered shallow surface may see you. In muddy water, you can use a flip technique to get close to the fish.


Rod: 7- or 7.5-feet rods are more useful in the flipping technique. When you get a good size of bass, you should pull this from the water quickly before it ties up with the vegetation. Less than 7 feet, the rod is more effective in pitching technique. It gives you extra benefit through long distance.

Line: For both, high resistance fishing line is good. It helps not to tie up with the heavy cover surface.

Reel: For both, you need to have a good rate of the spinning reel.


We expect now you are aware of the difference between flipping and pitching. And there are so many video tutorials explaining those two terms. It’s easy to learn this technique, but to be a pro you need to practice more and more. So, all you have to do is practice, practice, and practice.

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Alex Hoang

This is Alex Hoang, who lives in Florida and has been obsessed with fishing since he was 8 years old. Since then he gathers much experience in different types of fishing in various water and recently runs a fishing gear shop. Today he has a dream to spread fishing in a fun, educational, and respectful format.