When fishing gets tough, the tough get out their flipping and pitching rods with heavy fluorocarbon line and find the thickest, nastiest cover. Lures that these flippers use are compact and have a natural appearance. Since it’s thick cover these anglers are fishing, the best lures normally feature smaller or shorter appendages. Long ribbon tails or meaty lures tend to get hung in the thick cover (in addition to refusing to punch through matted grass).

Popular baits normally feature somewhat of a crawfish profile. The F2 Wooly Bullee by YUM has the crawfish shape, but it’s the unique pinchers that drive bass “flippin’ crazy.” The pinchers’ shape and thickness give the YUM F2 Wooly Bullee a swimming action not found in other soft-plastic crawfish-shaped lures.

When the going gets tough on Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas, angler normally break out a spinning rod and reel, ultra-light fishing line, finesse worms like the YUM Houdini worm, and fish deep water or drop shot offshore structure. I always refer to Beaver Lake as the home of the shaky head. Beaver Lake’s ultra clear, deep water is made for this style of fishing. Plus, if the water level is dropping the fish have a tendency to move to the first cover or structure they can find away from the banks.
Of course, these light-line anglers whack a bunch of small spotted bass or sub-legal smallmouth, but there are bigger bass to be caught. Where? Right on the bank, but there are some conditions that must occur for anglers to be successful when flipping in this situation.

First, the water must have some color to it. Although you can catch fish flipping shallow when the water is ultra-clear, the bigger bass seem to move to shallow cover only when the water has some color to it. The second condition is a falling water level. That’s right – a falling water level. Why? Because it pushes the bass tight to cover next to shore in stained or dirty water on Beaver Lake. It may seem opposite of what most folks will tell you about falling water, but many years of experience on Beaver tells me this is what occurs.

The last condition is that the area must have deep water close by, or near channel swings up the river arms. Beaver Lake has two river arms that flow into it: War Eagle River and the White River. Both are great for flipping and the water clarity is always somewhat stained or muddy depending on the time of year.

All flipping lures have their own characteristic. Some lures will swim while sinking; others produce no movement at all. That’s what drives a bass flipping crazy over the YUM F2 Wooly Bullee. The YUM F2 Wooly Bullee’s pinchers start swimming once it hits the surface and continue violently flailing until it’s on the bottom. An angler can swim the YUM F2 Wooly Bullee over every twig, limb or stump, or drop it in and around aquatic vegetation.

Sometimes a bass will just inhale it and hold it in their mouth as it swims from one piece of cover to another, but most the time a bass will annihilate it and take off. Just take the F2 Wooly Bullee in Black Grape/Chartreuse, pitch it in clear water and watch the pinchers move. It’s mesmerizing. The highlighted Chartreuse pitchers are hypnotic. In stained or muddy water these pinchers not only are easy for bass to see, but give off vibration and water displacement that helps a bass find it. If the water is really muddy, anglers should spray extra attractant on the lure. The new F2 Attractant is water-based instead of oil-based, like most other attractants. Not only does this create a more realistic scent trail (oil floats upward in the water column), the all-natural scent is simply supercharged and more effective.

Having trouble catching bass on your lake? When the going gets tough, try going flipping in the thickest, heaviest cover you can find.