Watching where they cast

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If you’re in the back of someone’s boat, I know it seems obvious to watch where the other angler casts. By doing this, you can make sure you’re not casting to the exact same spots and you’re able to hit anything they might miss. But that’s not the only value in keeping an eye on where they present their baits. At times, you’ll actually want to throw your bait to the exact same spot they just brought their lure through. Let me give you an example.

So my dad and I fish a lot of team tournaments. Quite often, whichever of us is in the front of the boat will throw a power-fishing bait like a buzzbait, spinnerbait or ChatterBait while the guy in the back of the boat follows it up with something a little more finesse like a squarebill, small swimbait or swim jig. In these situations, we’ll try to make the exact same cast from the back of the boat as the angler is making from the front.

The reason we do this is the power-fishing bait might get the fish’s attention or draw it out but by the time the fish can get to where the bait was, it’s already gone. Or perhaps the bass just wasn’t in an aggressive enough mood to commit to the power presentation. But then that finesse offering comes right back by and the fish slams it. This works really well, quite often.