I do 100% of my flathead fishing from a boat where I am usually anchored out or tied up to where I can cast out in all directions of my desired spot....some casts are very short and some can become very long and require a little bit of ummmmph to get them out there. My main concern is for those casts that require a little bit of length. When using live bait I prefer to keep them as lively as possible and there are times when I cast that the bait hits the water at the wrong angle and sounds like a fat man just did a belly-flop off of a high dive right into the river...you know, one of those casts where as soon as it hits the water we went "ooooooooohh that didn't sound good" Usually when using bullheads and creek chubs this isnt a problem but when using bigger bluegill and shad this seems to happen more than I like and we all know that shad aren't the easiest bait to keep alive not to mention after being flung through the air and then smacked against the water. Does anyone else sometimes have this problem? What do you do? Or is this just part of it and we need to be prepared to sacrifice a little bit of bait. just to mention that it is not the way I am casting. I am using a light flexed tipped rod and lofting the fish lightly......I am just tired of killing off 8" shad on a cast Thoughts or ideas?