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Flea Flickering For lethargic winter Bass

Mike iacoNelli

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The concave shape of the head also helps to provide for extra sound and vibration. And it also has a super sharp Mihatchi hook for sure hook ups! I like to use a medium light action spinning rod, like the Daiwa Steez 6’8” with the Steez 2500 spinning reel. I always use Berkley 100% Trilene fluorocarbon, which is more sensitive and more impor- tantly more dense, which helps the bait fall more naturally. Some of my favorite baits to throw on the Flea Flicker head are 4 and 5 inch worms and soft stick baits. The Berkley Dover crawler is one of the best. Its short stubby, blunt ends are perfect for the sub- tle wiggling motion. Also the Gulp! Sinking Minnow is a killer, especially when there are smallmouth or spots in the area. Hook these soft baits wacky style directly in the middle of the bait for maximum action.

So next time the cold winter days have the bass in super lock down, turn to the Flea Flicker to spark some hot winter action! Some of the techniques I use today, I learned in a classroom setting, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I’ll never know everything there is to know about the sport of bass fishing. I’m always amazed by the new techniques and tricks, like the Flea Flicker, that guys will come up with to consistently catch bass. But, often it’s hard to learn these new tech- niques without hearing or experiencing them first hand. Based on this, myself, Pete Gluzsek and my wife Becky decided to create a place where learning these techniques and methods could happen in an up close and personal environment, in a college type setting. We’ve found that anglers can consume years of knowledge in just two days of classroom instruction. Hearing the secret tricks of the pros, seeing the techniques demonstrated, and increasing your knowledge base is what Bass Uni- versity is all about. It was set up to help anglers learn for some of the top pros in the country. We bring together a group of guys who are at the top of their game, to teach the techniques that have made them fa- mous. Not only the technical side of these techniques but also the mental thought process that goes into successful fishing. As an added bonus, we have teamed up with local retailers to have the actual lures and equipment being talked about on hand at each event. Now you can hear from the masters about a new bait and technique, buy the product right away, and go out and put the new method to practice. Without a doubt, the only way to ad- vance your fishing skills is to keep learn- ing. Get your note book and tape recorder and head to the Bass University to get your degree and become a better angler today. Check out www.bassuniversity.com for sessions coming to your neighbor- hood. bw

November/December 2009

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t i m e means a lot of things. It means hunting season, Christ- mas time, and dropping water temps with inactive lethargic bass. Over the last four or five years, a new cutting edge technique called the Flea Flicker has emerged to be- come the dominate way to get these fish to bite. This technique; also referred to as wacky jig head or flick shake, is a per- fect for finessing bass in their winter time funks. The typical winter time seasonal pattern finds bass relating to the deep- est, most vertical break areas of a lake or river. Areas like channel swings, main lake points, rip rap bridges and dams; any place where the drop is more vertical than horizontal. Wintertime bass love the ability to move up and down the water column in one easy movement. The Flea Flicker is perfect for these vertical fish! The set up is basically a fi- nesse wide gap hook with a weight at- tached below the eye of the hook. The weight on the hook becomes a pivot point. This not only helps the bait shake and quiver more than a weightless soft bait, but it also helps get bait down to fish that live in much deeper water. Basically, I like to throw the bait on the top of the shallower lips and work it down the breaks. Or, on more vertical or shear breaks, I like to make parallel cast down the drop. The key is to let the bait fall on semi slack or controlled slack line. This gives the bait the ability to have the most action. As the bait falls, watching my line is important, because many of the strikes will occur on the initial fall. Once the bait hits the bottom, I’ll use my rod and reel to lift the lure back up and let it fall once again. I repeat this process all the way out past the zone of the fish. The jig head I throw is one that that I helped design for Tru-Tungsten called the Flea Flicker. It has a tungsten head which is smaller and more sensitive than lead.

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