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.