Only an inexperienced angler would question the effect of short-cast fishing methods. Flipping and pitching are two of the best bass presentations, usually putting fishermen within 15 to 30 feet of the fish. Walleye fishermen often jig in water as shallow as 10 feet. Muskie anglers coax strikes by carving figure eights with their lures right next to the boat.
But don’t be fooled. Fish aren’t always so easy to entice. In clear water, the sight of a boat will often cause them to spook and head for cover. And they are often scattered out over large areas, leaving the angler no choice but to spend hours hunting them, often over large bodies of water. What do you do when acres of hydrilla, submerged timber or other formidable obstacles prevent you from getting within range of a good location?
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