Poling a skiff into casting range of fish in shallow water does not have to be hard. It just takes a well-designed hull, a stiff, lightweight push pole and modest sweat equity. When navigating a flat, start with the wind and sun at your back for optimum tracking and visibility. Keep splashing to a minimum. Remember, the pole has two ends""a sharp point and a spread foot. Put the point down for hard bottom, or best "foot" forward in sand or mud. Here's how to get started.