How To Flip & Pitch With Baitcasting Reels | Baitcasting Reels

How To Flip & Pitch With Baitcasting Reels

When anglers make short, direct semi-casts or half-casts with bait, it’s called flip and pitch with baitcasting reels. Most fishermen will flip bait when the water is murky and pitch when the water is crystal clear. Flip & pitch with baitcasting reels is a technique that can be mastered.

What You Will Need

• A long fishing rod/pole

• Baitcasting reel

• Line and lures

You should choose a rod/pole because it will allow for greater control, and the heavier the line is, the easier it will be to land a fish lying in an area with extensive growth. The best bait or lures to use are worms and jigs. Hold the reel in the hand you feel most comfortable using.

Flip or Pitch?

If you are fishing in clear water you should pitch, by letting line out until the bait is even to your reel.

If the water is cloudy, pitch by releasing 14 or 15 feet of your line doubling the length of your pole.


To pitch, use the hand that is free, placing your thumb on the hand holding the rod over the spool. Then begin to pitch, aiming your pole at the target, letting go of the bait with your other hand while the pole is heading up. As you let go of the bait, take your thumb slowly away from the spool so that the line will release from the reel.


Your thumb should be on the spool as you grab the line centered between the pole and first rod guide. Lift free arm up to your side, leaving about half of the line released earlier between pole tip and bait. As you cast, the bait will come to you. As it does, lower the pole rolling your wrist up at the same time sending the bait to the fish.

Using the flipping technique, the object is to have the bait come towards you by raising your pole, then lowering it as you curl your wrist in an upward motion so that the lure is aimed at the spot you wish to cast at. As you are casting, begin feeding the extra line you have with your free hand.

Catching The Big One

To guarantee a catch (if there’s a fish to be caught), make sure when your bait lands it strikes the water as quietly as possible. This is achieved by stopping the bait (pressing down on spool) before it lands in the water. This applies to both flipping or pitching. When you feel it, which should be right as the bait hits the water, rely on your wrist to bring in the fish.

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