How to Punch Mats Like a Pro

Big weights, heavy rod, heavy line, and big bass are all things to factor in while punching. When bass are hiding in the thickest cover, you’re probably going to need to break out the punching gear and go in after them. Seth Feider shares his thoughts on punching through lily pads, matted grass, and floating vegetation. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that punching is a reaction bite, the element of surprise is what gets you bites. For this reason, having a weight that penetrates the cover without getting held up is key. Often times the bait is dropped right on the fish's nose, forcing them to bite. 


4/0 VMC Ringed Wide Gap Hook

Strike King Coffee Tube

EcoPro Weight Pegs

1 oz WOO! Tungsten Weight


Lure Lock Small Box

7'6" H Daiwa Tatula Elite Rod

7.3.1 Daiwa Tatula SV Reel

40lb Sufix 832 Braid


ON 'EM Hat 

Simms Katafront Softshell Jacket 

Simms Pro Dry Fishing Bibs 

Simms Men's Riverbank Chukka Boot


How to Punch Mats Like a Pro

Seth Feider

Species: Largemouth Bass

Styles: Texas Rigs (Pitch/Flip)