Summer Bass Fishing At Calero Reservoir
It’s finally summertime, and this means plenty of sunlight for the grass mats to grow perfectly thick. With this in mind, my coworkers and I decided to hit up Calero Reservoir and have some fun flipping grass! Hopefully you all can get yourselves out there and enjoy the awesome flip bite that we experienced at your local body of water. It was a tougher day than usual but hey, sure beats a day stuck at home!
I didn’t have to bring as many rods as I did, simply because it was clear that we would be flipping grass most of the day. However, I hate being unprepared, so I brought along a few more goodies in case the bite wasn’t what we expected.
- Powell Max 3D 734 (I recommend a 764/765 for flipping grass though, the length helps)
- Powell Max 3D 804 Crankbait Rod
- Powell Max 3D 712 Spinning Rod
- Shimano Chronarch 201E7 (Spooled w/ 20lb Seaguar InvisX Fluorocarbon)
- Shimano Citica 201G6 (Spooled w/ 20lb Seaguar InvisX Fluorocarbon)
I stopped by my workplace at Coyote Bait & Tackle first thing in the morning to meet up with my coworker who was going to take me out for the day. With limited time, I quickly ran inside the shop for a split second to grab a few necessities for a day of flipping grass. These included:
- Damiki Knock Out
- Berkley Havoc Skeet’s Pit Boss
- Gene Larew Biffle Bug
Terminal Tackle for Flipping Grass
- 3/8-1/2oz. Tungsten Worm Weights
- 3/0 Gamakatsu Superline Offset EWG Hooks
- Bobber Stops/Punch Stops (Any brand is fine)
With everything listed above, we were able to piece together the perfect Texas Rig for flipping grass effectively. Slide the stopper on first, then your weight, and make sure you snell knot your hook so that it’s in a better position for a solid hookset. Rig up a Sweet Beaver, Pit Boss, or any other creature bait of your choice and you’re set! Choose more natural green pumpkin/watermelon colors for clear water and any red/chartreuse color for more stained water.
After hitting the water a bit late due to minor boat problems back at the house, we pulled up to a small, exposed island towards the back of the lake. Here we flipped around and caught one or two decent-sized fish right up against the bank where the grass was fairly thick. It felt so good keeping in contact with the grass. After making a cast and letting it hit bottom, it was super reassuring to feel the Texas Rig dragging through vegetation and settling down once again. Once we pulled up to a spot and felt that awesome sensation of grass, it was only a matter of time before we got bit.
The grass was growing in a healthy fashion, but unfortunately so was the algae, which made the water considerably murkier than the last few trips we made out to the lake. This affected the bite dramatically, and we didn’t get the wide open flip bite we were hoping for. I was picking out a backlash and ended up reel-setting into a solid 4lb fish, and my buddy also landed one in the same size range later on. The rest were no more than two pounds but we still had a great day out there, though! We landed around 15 fish throughout the day and none of us complained, of course. Always a great time fishing with close friends, and I hope to get out there again soon! Hopefully the topwater bite picks up real good…
A Little Unexpected Fun…
We pulled into a cove that had less than a foot of water towards the back end and started throwing frogs, hoping for a topwater blowup. What we didn’t expect, however, was that every time we twitched that frog a live frog would come nosing up to it. Eventually we had about three or four live frogs at a time surrounding our bait, and it was hilarious. I tied on a tiny River2Sea Baby Bully Wa and got a frog to blow up on it! We spent more time than we thought we would trying to mess with these silly frogs, but it was an absolute blast.
Tips For Flipping Grass
Every angler has his or her own method for flipping grass, but here’s what I’ve learned from my coworker over the past few years. He’s known for flipping grass and has results to back up his knowledge, so when he teaches I listen carefully! Now it’s time for you to gain the same knowledge, but always find what works best for you. Anything from terminal tackle to the creature baits you use can be tweaked for your confidence, you just have to explore for yourself!
- When flipping grass, cast along grass edges (if visible) and let your bait sink to the bottom. Slowly lift your rod tip, dragging the bait through vegetation and let it sink again. Reel up any slack line and repeat.
- Bass are not always right up against the bank when flipping! If you’re boat is positioned too closely to shore you may be sitting on top of potential fish. Give yourself some room and work from the bank into deeper water, remembering approximately what depth you caught each fish.
- Once again, it is extremely important that you use a snell knot for your hook! This knot keeps the hook aligned with your main line, causing a direct pull on the bait during a hookset rather than letting it rotate freely with other traditional knots.
- The ideal rod for flipping grass is about 7’6”. I was using a 7’3” and had some trouble in the past with the weight knocking against the deck of the boat during a flip. Lesson learned, and now I’m working my way towards a Powell 765 Flippin’ Stick.
- It may seem long, but 8-foot rods work great as well! They’re able to pick up a lot more slack line on the hookset and can help you land more fish. My buddy had a Dobyns Champion 805 Flip/Punch Rod and it was absolutely amazing.