Peninsula Fishing: Skipping Technique


Taking a break from the political dialogue, I turn to one of my favorite past times: angling. …
Lure skipping is a technique used in tournaments and by sports fishermen all over the country, which affords the angler to cover water quickly and take advantage of the predatory nature of certain fish species, like bass and pike. I have, on a couple of occasions, caught perch when using this technique as well as, much to my surprise, Rapala lures. 

Techniques and Tackle
I have used spinning tackle, for the most part, when using the skipping technique; but also use, from time to time, used a bait caster, particularly the one with a “flipping” switch that quickly adjusts the tension for that type of fishing. Many may believe that skipping is more apt to get a hit by a largemouth rather than a smallmouth bass; but I have proven differently here on the Peninsula. While living in Georgia, I used this technique whenever I came upon a promising area to use it.
Andy Montgomery, pro-angler uses a Team Daiwa Zillia (6.3:1 gear ratio) baitcaster. He sets the tension knob so bait drops slowly without backlashing, and sets the magnetic dial to 10. It isn’t the best for distance in casting, but there is less line entanglement issues. The more experience the angler has, the less resistance required, and more distance in the flipping-skipping action is achieved.
Flipping/skipping requires a modified underhand cast, and because of the shorter distance, you can use the side swing-underhand cast. The flatter you can cast, the better your lure will skip.
For smallmouth bass found in this area of Lake Michigan, I use the local standard tube bait that resembles crayfish, a favorite delicacy of bass species fish.
Plastic lures attached to jigs allows skipping to be more productive. Montgomery suggests using the Strike King Rage Craw. Choosing a natural color is essential to me, and seems to get more bites than other lures and combinations.
Target Areas
Skipping allows baits to be cast in tight places around cover areas, but also can be used in brush piles and rip-rap structures, like that found at the Old Stone Quarry in Sturgeon Bay. Pike can be caught using this technique. Docks lower to the water can be difficult when skipping, but is productive being the less fished area.
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