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#11000095 - 07/25/15 12:07 PM 1st time punching mats
swimjigin Offline
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Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 56
Loc: Denison TX
Went to a small local lake, almost half of it is matted up pretty good. Usually I would have burned a swim jig on the edges, this was 1st time I have punched and IT WAS A BLAST! Only caught 4 in a few hours, but they were all nice fish. Something about it when you find that hollow spot and you know your bait is in 'the bass house'. Really enjoyed it. Almost took the eye out of a few of them, 4/0 snelled hook had big purchase.


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#11000101 - 07/25/15 12:11 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
Bois d'arc Offline
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Registered: 05/24/14
Posts: 1504
nice fish thumb

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#11000158 - 07/25/15 12:37 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
swimjigin Offline
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Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 56
Loc: Denison TX
Thanks!

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#11000167 - 07/25/15 12:43 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
JacksonBean Offline
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Registered: 06/23/10
Posts: 3229
Loc: Greenville, TX
And that beaver style bait is PERFECT for what you're doing. I absolutely love punching mats. Great job.

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#11000190 - 07/25/15 01:05 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
swimjigin Offline
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Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 56
Loc: Denison TX
Thank you, yes I love that pit boss for pitching too, great bait overall. Now I'll be looking for mats everywhere Im hooked!

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#11000206 - 07/25/15 01:27 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
Amberlamps Offline
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Registered: 10/02/13
Posts: 326
Loc: Austin, TX
One of my favorite ways to catch fish! Try using a straight shank hook, it will hold the bait on your hook tighter and the you'll get some better hookups. Strike king heavy cover flippin hook in 5/0 is my go-to and i've tried a bunch of diff ones.
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#11000230 - 07/25/15 01:55 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: Amberlamps]
swimjigin Offline
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Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 56
Loc: Denison TX
Originally Posted By: Amberlamps
One of my favorite ways to catch fish! Try using a straight shank hook, it will hold the bait on your hook tighter and the you'll get some better hookups. Strike king heavy cover flippin hook in 5/0 is my go-to and i've tried a bunch of diff ones.

Thanks, lol have some on order, along with new braid, & 1oz tungsten laugh Having fun sure is expensive!

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#11000291 - 07/25/15 02:42 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
RodBreaker CWill Offline
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Registered: 01/21/14
Posts: 2985
Loc: Lake Conroe Texas
Amberlamps is spot on about the straight shank 5/0 Heavy cover flippin hooks. That is exactly what I use. I also put a dab on super glue on the top and bottom of the bait keeper that is on the hook because I have had alot come loose on the shaft and slide down. Also I would suggest some heavy duty braid for punching mats. I use 65lb Power Pro Moss Green and when you set the hook do it with authority to get the bass turned and headed up and out of the grass quick to help reduce chances of getting tangled up and the fish come off. By the way that's how I got my name RodBreaker. When I set the hook using a punch rig I try to break the rod.

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#11000294 - 07/25/15 02:44 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
RodBreaker CWill Offline
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Registered: 01/21/14
Posts: 2985
Loc: Lake Conroe Texas
Oh and it seems that I usually hook them right through the eye or the top of the head dang near every time. Punching is my favorite way to fish. Even though you might not catch 50 fish in a tournament the ones I do are usually studs. Have fun and good luck swimjigin

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#11000303 - 07/25/15 02:53 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
swimjigin Offline
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Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 56
Loc: Denison TX
Thanks Rodbreaker, haha I do try to cross their eyes. Fun way to fish for sure!

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#11000304 - 07/25/15 02:55 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
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Registered: 07/12/10
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Loc: Universal City Tx.
Nice fish. Good job. cheers
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#11000321 - 07/25/15 03:08 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
RodBreaker CWill Offline
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Registered: 01/21/14
Posts: 2985
Loc: Lake Conroe Texas
Originally Posted By: swimjigin
Thanks Rodbreaker, haha I do try to cross their eyes. Fun way to fish for sure!
thumb fish

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#11000371 - 07/25/15 03:51 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
bFROG5 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/24/15
Posts: 518
Loc: Fort Worth, TX.
Mat punching is one of my fav techniques also! theres just something about getting up close and personal and pulling em out of the slop!
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#11000700 - 07/25/15 08:58 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
03svtsnakevert Offline
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Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 2605
Loc: Copperas Cove, TX
nice job
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#11000756 - 07/25/15 09:40 PM Re: 1st time punching mats [Re: swimjigin]
Scott's Creek Skeeter Offline
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 206
Loc: Jefferson Texas
I Love punching!!! I started using 2 bobber Stops. Holds things together better.....
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