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Glenn Browne’s Favorite Flipping Baits

Glenn Browne has proven time and again that he’s one of the best with a flipping stick in his hands. From a win in 2015 on Lake Champlain to three top-five finishes in the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division in 2016, the Florida pro’s faith in flipping is often rewarded.

Browne’s combo is usually a 7-foot, 11-inch Lew’s Custom Lite Speed Stick flipping stick matched with a Team Lew’s Pro Magnesium Speed Spool reel spooled with 65-pound-test Lew’s APT braided line. As for the baits, Browne has a handful that he has complete confidence in.

 

Glenn Browne's favorite flipping baits.

The baits

All around the country, Browne applies just a few baits when he’s flipping and punching matted vegetation.

“One of my favorites is the big jig,” says Browne. “It’s a mat bait. It’s not something I punch into super-heavy stuff, but it’s something I like to use in the mornings or around looser mats where I can kind of ease it into the little holes and pockets.”

Browne’s jig is homemade with a modified Arkie head and weighs in at about an ounce. Tied with a black and blue Gambler Starflash Skirt, the Florida pro always tips it with a Zoom Big Salty Chunk. He favors the jig because its bite-to-boat ratio is better than a standard flipping Texas rig. The most recent triumph with the jig was in 2015 when he outpaced the field at Lake Champlain by nearly 10 pounds.

His other go-to flipping baits are soft plastics that he fishes on Texas rigs.

“One is a Warrior Baits Quiver Bug, which is basically a beaver-style bait,” he says. “It’s just a nice, small, compact bait, which is one of the big things when flipping mats. You don’t want something terribly bulky when you’re flipping in the real thick stuff.”

He also uses a Gambler Why Not. Thicker and a bit bigger than the Quiver Bug, the Why Not is a bait that Browne likes to flip when he wants a little more bulk.

“Another one is the Burner Craw by Gambler,” says Browne. “Like a Zoom Speed Craw, it has the little kicker tails, so if I’m fishing a little bit deeper water and want a little more action I’ll go to that.”

Unlike the Speed Craw, the Burner Craw is sized for flipping. With a bulky body, it can easily stand up to the big Gamakatsu Super Heavy Cover Flippin’ Hook that Browne favors for his punching.

 

Adding a skirt

The final addition to Browne’s flipping strategy is the Reins Punch Shot, which is designed for holding a skirt. Browne will often use the skirt for some extra action.

“It gives the bait a jig look, but with the regular tungsten fishability where it will get in the mats,” says Browne of the Punch Shot. “I use it quite a bit, because the Punch Shot doesn’t hinder getting in the mats like a jig.

“A lot of times, if I have multiple flipping sticks out, I’ll have a 1 1/2-ounce Punch Shot, a 1 1/2-ounce regular weight, a 2-ounce weight and then a 2-ounce Punch Shot,” says Browne. “I like to mix it up. It just gives them a different view. A lot of times, when you find an area with fish, you go back over it multiple times. So I like to add in that just for a different look.”

 

Glenn Browne

Color considerations

When it comes to colors, Browne keeps it simple. Black and blue is his No. 1 choice, with some junebug occasionally thrown in.

“When I get out of state, like in Alabama and stuff, I will go to some green pumpkin,” says Browne. “But I really believe you don’t have to get too crazy with colors. Pick two or three colors that you like. So much of flipping is just a reaction bite. I don’t believe that fine changes in hue make a big difference. There’s not a whole lot of reason to have 200 baits in your boat.”

Glenn Browne

 

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