Light Line Flipping For Checks And Giants By Pete Robbins, Page 2

Light Line Flipping For Checks And Giants
By Pete Robbins, Page 2


wo of the biggest moments

of Elite Series pro Chad

Morgenthaler’s career – B.A.S.S. wins on Okeechobee and Toho

– came punching thick grass with a

flipping stick, heavy tungsten weights

and braided line, so you can forgive him

if that technique holds a special place in

his heart.

Nevertheless, it is not the only

way he flips and pitches. Indeed, a

big part of what got him to that point

in his career was utilizing the same

techniques with much lighter gear.

“I grew up pitching soft plastics

to laydowns with 10-pound mono for

most of my life,” he said. “And I use

12-pound fluorocarbon all the time

at home on Table Rock, and really any place there are

shallow fish in clear water or pressured fish.”

Even on tour, unless he is fishing a wall or canopy

of vegetation, he flips extensively with line much lighter

than the 65-pound-test Gamma Torque that produced the


“In sparse vegetation I start with 12 and don’t ever

go above 16,” he said. Part of that is the ability to place a

bait precisely with the light stuff. It’s easier to skip, pitch

and cast accurately. Morgenthaler described it as the

functional difference between pitching “into a five-gallon

bucket versus into a coffee cup.”

The bigger line simply experiences more friction coming off the spool or going through the guides. Once the lure is in the strike zone, it’ll fall more naturally, too. Of course, you’ll need to be more aware of where you cast and what obstacles lie between you and your target.

“You can’t necessarily put it over or in a bush,” he said. “Your landing path has to be as clear as possible and you need to be mentally prepared to deal with the situations that may arise.”

That starts with employing the proper tackle. The 7’11” whipping stick that punches through mats from Okeechobee to the California Delta gets replaced with a Lew’s 7’ medium-heavy baitcaster. He pairs it with a Lew’s Pro Ti high-speed casting reel, and no matter which one

you choose he recommends that it

have magnetic cast control to fine tune

your casting. Ultimately, the combo

should work to match the line size – if

you overpower your line, you sacrifice

any performance advantage that you

otherwise gain.

Once fighting the fish, a finesse

flipper has to abandon the pretense of

manhandling your quarry and instead

employ a bit of subterfuge.

“What most people don’t realize

is that if you just ease into a fish, he

Photo: B.A.S.S.

will usually hold onto a bait and swim

out of the cover,” Morgenthaler said. “If

you slam into him, you’ll just activate

his defense mechanisms and they go

crazy. Once you get that down, you can

pretty much swim them wherever you


His key lures typically come from Missile Baits.

“I still roll with the D Bomb and the Quiver 6.5,” he said. “Sometimes, if they’re really spooky, I’ll go to the Baby D Bomb. Even if I go with the big D Bomb, I’ll often cut it down a little bit.”

Photo: B.A.S.S.


Summer 2021