If any of you have been in a boat and fished the shoreline lined with mangroves or tree branches hanging almost down to the waterline, you will realise how hard it is to cast into the roots of the mangroves or under the branches of the trees.
Unless you get into these areas, you are simply not going to catch fish such as barramundi or mangrove jacks, which lie under cover and amongst the roots from which they can ambush passing prey.
Overhead casts simply get stuck in the foliage and side casts have to be extremely,repeat extremely,accurate to hit the pocket.
On our recent trip to Melville Island, 90% of the fishing involved casting to such terrain and we were having a torrid time with lures snagging in branches or, even worse, falling short of the targeted areas due to timidity.
My saviour was a technique called "skipping lures" ... if you have ever skipped rocks on a pond then you know what I mean.Although I am not an expert on this style as yet, I could reasonably skip the lure under the branches and into the root pockets.
This enabled me to present the lure to the fish more often and minimised hang ups, which wasted time.
I show below the type of terrain behind me where casting is so problematic, especially at high tide as the targeted area diminishes in size.
I must clarify that one only uses soft plastics, rigged weedless, to skip on the water.
You may see this technique illustrated fully in YouTube.
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