HUGE Fish Flipping Winter Mats on Lake Kissimmee

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When you’re fishing for bass flipping mats and punching heavy cover the results are usually epic! Not many bites during this fishing trip on Lake Kissimmee but we caught a trophy fish in heavy cover using one of my favorite fishing techniques. Punching mats is a great way to fish for bass this time of year throughout Florida with fish moving in to spawn throughout the winter and getting stuck due to cold fronts or even using heavy cover such as hydrilla and hyacinth as stopping points before heading to the bed. My standard setup is a 1.5oz tungsten weight, a straight shank hook, and a compact creature bait. Terminal tackle is 65lbs braided line, a high speed decent quality reel, and fishing rod usually longer than 7’6″. Below are all the specifics on the fishing gear and cameras used in the video.




Reel Shimano Curado

Reins Tungsten

Gambler Crawdaddy

Dobyns Champion Extreme MH 795

Hack Attack Flipping Hook

Gambler Culling Scale

Power Pro Slick 65lbs Braid

6th Sense Peg X Stoppers

My Costas

All the camera stuff, the drone, everything you need to shoot vids!


2 Replies to “HUGE Fish Flipping Winter Mats on Lake Kissimmee”

    1. for getting deep with the 6″ versions it’s not too bad but it definitely does effect the action. i’ve started just throwing the 9″ “as is” and letting it sink down and slow rolling it rather than adding the weight.

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