When fishing a stump don’t forget the root systems, which can runfor several feet in all directions. Many times, especially on the edgeof some deeper water, these will hold more fish than the main partof the stump.
By tying a snell knot on a straight shank flipping hook, the hook will be forced into the upper part of the bass fishes mouth instead of the side or lower jaw. This will not only increase your “hook-up” ratio, it will decrease the number of fish you lose.
Parallel cranking is one of the most effective techniques when covering narrow flats, rip-rap or gently sloping banks. Not only does it keep your bait in the strike zone for much more of your cast, it often gives the fish an angle of deflection they haven’t seen, provoking a reaction strike.