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Recommended Rods, Reels and Tackle for Heavy Cover (Flipping, Pitching, Punching)

Recommended Rods, Reels and Tackle for Heavy Cover (Flipping, Pitching, Punching)

Some anglers see grass, trees and rocks, and think “agh man, how annoying”, while other anglers would see this type of scenario as a great opportunity to catch lots of bass. The truth is heavy cover is a great opportunity to catch bass, and you will eventually encounter this type of scenarios, even if you try to avoid them. It’s simply better to be prepared for them.


It’s important to have at least one rod and reel setup for this type of situation. The most common techniques used for heavy cover are flipping and pitching. Punching rigs are great for penetrating very thick cover.


In this article, I’m going to share with you my personal recommendations for rods, reels and line for fishing on heavy cover. You can be confident that you will be beyond satisfied with any of these suggestions. If you get any of these items and you are not happy with them, you can always return them and get a full refund (although, Im sure this won’t happen). I do want to point out that I’ve spent hours researching what is the best equipment for fishing heavy cover.



Style: Casting

Length: Between 7’3” and 7’6”

Power: Heavy

Action: Fast

Application: Flipping, pitching, punching and any other heavy cover technique, rig, or bait.  

Recommended Rod: Kodiak Macro by Big Bear. You can buy it from us by clicking here.

Why I recommend it: It’s important to have something that is heavy duty. You are going to be pulling the bass through some dense vegetation, and you need a rod that has enough stiffness to do so. A Heavy Power rod with a fast tapper is what you need. You can even go to Extra Heavy, but in my opinion, Heavy power will give you the versatility you need for different techniques and baits. This rod will cover all your needs when it comes to fishing in cover. It’s perfect for flipping and pitching.


Talking about length, I think 7’6” is the sweet spot when it comes to versatility. If you are looking for a rod exclusively for pitching, it’s better to have something shorter (between 7’ and 7’3”). When it comes to flipping, a longer rod is better (between 7’9” and 7’11”). You can get two separate rods for each one, but I don’t think it’s necessary unless you are looking to compete. For the average angler, you’ll be more than fine with only one rod for heavy cover purposes. If you are a short person, you will be better of with a 7’3”. If not, get a 7’6”.   


Why the Kodiak Macro?

This rod will give you the sensitivity and backbone you need. Talking more specifically about the Kodiak Macro, it’s made with very high quality materials. The blanks, the guides, the reel seats… everything is perfect about this rod. With that being said, my favorite feature about this rod is the grip. It has a patented grip design allows you to make longer, more accurate casts and solid, more powerful hook sets without limiting sensitivity or increasing weight. It reduces arm fatigue and lets you fish for longer periods of time.


Besides that, you don’t have to worry about rain because it channels the water underneath your hand. It also warms up very quickly after a couple of casts by using the heat of your hand. I would pay double the price for that rod hands down. It delivers value over price by far.



Style: Casting

Gear Ratio: 7.3:1

Recommended Reel: Apex Flippin by Ardent. You can buy it from us by clicking here.

Why I recommend it: This reel is designed specifically for flipping and pitching. This is the perfect reel for heavy cover. This reel was not made for just casting around. It’s made to be used only for flipping and pitching. It has a smaller spool, which makes it smoother when flipping/pitching.


This reel is beyond great when it comes to making short and precise casts. It has a fixed line guide that enhances drastically your accuracy. Although it’s important to mention that because of the fixed line guide, you have to manually move the line back and forth to get it even on the reel. If not, you will get backlashes. It’s done easily, nothing to worry about.


This reel was by #2 all-time B.A.S.S. Elite money winner and King of Flipping Denny Brauer. The only downside to this reel is that it’s only available in right hand retrieve.


Now, with all of this being said, you don’t need a reel specifically for flipping and pitching. This suggestion is only if you want to take things to the next level. You can use a regular casting reel with a high gear ratio. Between 7.X:1 and 8.X:1. If you already have one in your arsenal, feel free to use it!


On the other hand, if you want another option that is more affordable, I recommend the Piscifun Phantom X. Get the 7.6:1 gear ratio. You can get it from us here.


  • If you are interested in getting the rod and reel combo (Kodiak Macro Rod and Apex Flipping Reel), we have bundled them up for you. You can get it from us here.


  • If you are interested in getting the more affordable rod and reel combo (Kodiak Macro Rod and Phantom X reel), we also bundled them up for you. You can get it from us here.



You need something very strong. You are going to pull the bass from thick cover, and you need something that doesn’t break. I highly recommend using braided line. Heavy braid is the way to go, about 50-65 lb. I recommend the Nano X 4-Strand Braid. Get the 65 lb. You can get it from us here.


If you are not flipping/pitching in dense matted vegetation, then use fluorocarbon. It’s better because it’s less visible. About 20-30 lb. Go for the Bushido Fluorocarbon. You can get it from us here.

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