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Seems it's human nature. I don't know, I've wondered that myself.
 

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I don't have the answer but I have watched this in tournament fishing for years. I have watched many verbal fights over boat fisherman wanting to fish next to the bank. So close that the bank fisherman had no room left to cast out. :crazy::crazy:
 

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I have always thought of my boat as a means of access to more river bank. The shore fisherman is not at a disadvantage because the fishing is better from a boat, it's because there is always a limited amount of shore access. Having a boat allows you to get to more spots. I do 90% of my fishing within casting distance of the shore whether I'm on the shore or in the boat...W
 

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here is my take on it. before i fish a bank spot i always spook fish and where do theytend to go, out into deeper water. so thats where i cast. i also like to fish parallel to the bank, about 4 feet out from it. i will usually catch fish between 6 inches to 6 feet from the bank.
 

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Here in PA we can use 2 rods. I cast one deep and one shallow. I think its ingrained thru childhood you gotta go deep to get away from the bait stealing bluegills while being blind to the fact that the fish we're after are coming shallow to eat the bait stealers.
 

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Well, 1st off thats a good one. I have thought about that many times when I have been sitting out night fishing. I'm limited to bank fishing. When I'm cat fishing I try to reach the deeper water. So I cast out far. But when I'm bass fishing I usually cast parallel to the shore because I know thats where the bass are.
 

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I almost never throw in the middle.I throw about 5 feet from the bank and be quiet and still.This is mainly because I fish at night.When I fish in the day I will move out into deeper water.Boat fishing I am usually pretty far from the bank.
 

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The guy fishin on the bank is casting out and then slow realin back to sneak the bait up on the fish.

The guy in the boat casting to the bank is trying to knock the fish in the head :smile2:
 

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When you are fishing that shallow, fish can pick up on your presense by noise, site or vibration. So its our instinct to cast away from our domain.

IF we are in a boat, than we feel better about casting close to shore. If we are on the shore, than we cast out deeper, because more than likely the fish closer to us have picked up on our presense.

Plus in a boat, you can cover more shore without disturbing its surroundings. If you were on foot, walking, talking, or any type of movement will most likley be noticed by anything that close, so we naturally look to fish deeper, and further away from where we stand. This is why i stress to people to lay off the trolling motors. Its best to use the wind and drift down a shore, than to drive urself up and down a shore. If you get a good wind, u can fish an entire cove in total stealth mode.


This might not be absolute in all cases, but it sounds good lol
 

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Honestly i bass fished alot more than i ever catted with a rod. When i wanted cats i trotlined only for the meat. As far as bass fishin goes, i like to be able to work a bait OFF the ledges rather than try to get it up them. I still like to bass fish but the flathead i caught gig fishin for bass last year kinda threw me off track. It went close to 20lb. and on bass tackle was quite an experience.
 

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why is it that when you are on the bank fishing you throw you line out towards the center as far you can but when you are in the boat you throw towards the bank?

James, the answer to your question is quite simply answered by another question. Why are the fish jumping in the middle of the river when you are on the bank and near the shore when you are in a boat?:canny:
 

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i guess that from the bank, that is the direction to the water, from a boat, that is the direction to the fish.::big_smile: Just human nature, I fish shallow sometimes from the bank and deep sometimes from a boat. I do seem to fish father out when bank fishing though. I think that has to do with my access to bank spots.

Jim
 
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