A: It's a great idea but not utilized as much as some think. A shooting basket offers assistance when making that first, most-important cast to a bonefish, tarpon, permit or redfish. That is the cast that's so often ruined - the line snags, and the opportunity is lost. Fly lines can be safely stored in the basket while an angler's standing on the bow waiting for a shot at a fish. On windy days, the leader can be stored there too. It certainly helps if the fly line is retrieved into the shooting basket. But the assurance of being able to execute that initial cast is most essential.