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Posted on Jan 10, 2013 in Short Strikes
Stop Blind Casting
by Dr. Todd Kuhn
Ric Brumley

Churning the water blind casting can get a bit old. Cast-after-cast blindly thrown into open water or to structure in hopes of finding a fish at home can be monotonous. For those ready to move their fishing up a notch, I offer you a challenge. Next time out—give sight fishing a whirl.

Sight fishing is the term used to describe a manner of fishing where casts are not made unless a fish is actually in sight. Sight fishing offers plenty of advantages; 1) you spook less fish; 2) you sharpen your fishing skills; and 3) on occasion it's the only way to catch finicky fish.

Successful sight fishing is dependent on finding water clear enough to spot fish. As such, you can't always do it. But when conditions are right, it's a blast. Picking out a fish is as simple as seeing a tail moving, or spotting an odd shape in the water that doesn't fit or a color that's out of place. Once fish are spotted, a precision cast is required.