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I still practice flipping/pitching on a bucket in the backyard when I can't fish.  What other techniques do you practice and how do you do it?

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 I Iook at terrain and think about what it would look like submerged. I imagine what it would look like on sonar. Then where fish might hold in diff conditions. I do this while driving usually.

 

The only casting I practice is fly-casting. I use a yarn rod in the house too.

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Try to continue to practice underhand roll cast and also casting for accuracy in my field.

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google maps + navionics ipad app + ROLO's cartography 101

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I also practice flipping in my basement. I set up a target and hit it from as far away as i can.

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I do map study and read alot (this site, books, magazines).  Believe it or not I also spend some time visualizing some of the spots I fish and imagine fishing them with particular lures.  A little trick I learned from my golf lessons.   :crazy:

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I study old maps and logs of the lakes i fish from the 80s and 90s when I kept records of all my trips.  Stay in touch with a couple of guys who fish the same lakes.  Once a week while I am waiting for one thing or another I will get a rod out of my rod locker and pitch and cast to small targets under my oak trees.  While on the lakes i am constantly watching my electronics and observing cover/structure.

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I practice keeping my wife happy so I can get out fishing again. Lifes a chess game and I'm Bobby Fisher!

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Try to continue to practice underhand roll cast and also casting for accuracy in my field.

Nice addition to the flip/pitch! 

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I do map study and read alot (this site, books, magazines).  Believe it or not I also spend some time visualizing some of the spots I fish and imagine fishing them with particular lures.  A little trick I learned from my golf lessons.   :crazy:

Being a golfer, I can see how that would be beneficial

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Google maps and searches for info. I practice roll casts and pitching with a short rod in the living room with a knotted piece of rope. My puppy enjoys that game probably more than I do. Actually I live less than 15 minutes from a handful of decent lakes so if I have time to practice at home I have time to do the real thing. 

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I don't practice.  The similarity between golf and fishing is being in shape, you won't be much of a golfer over 18 holes if your golfing muscles aren't in condition, weak legs and core muscles.  I fish 7 days a week, most my fishing is not using feather lite gear, I can fish for hours and not get tired or sore, I could not do this if I were out of shape. With the exception of fishing offshore once a week (standing the entire time on a center console boat), I'm walking beaches, sea walls, fresh water canals.

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7 days a week huh, must be nice!

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Like others, I practice flipping and pitching in my back yard.  I also do the visualization thing especially since free time for practice is not widely available. 

 

Additionally, I make practice casts using my neighbor's windows as targets.

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I practice keeping my wife happy so I can get out fishing again. Lifes a chess game and I'm Bobby Fisher!

Great, I'll be Boris Karloff, I mean Spassky...lol

Hootie

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x2 - Last year was my first full season and noticed how tired I'd be after being out on the water for half the day.  So during the off season I started a cardio and strength training...I run 3 days a week up to 45 minutes now (goal is 1 hour jog/runs) and 3 days a week walking for 20 minutes in between the runs.  3 times a week I work on core muscles (crunches), push ups, curls and work on my shoulder and triceps.  This should also make it easier to unload/load my canoe off my minivan, as I struggled sometimes at the end of the day,.  Not to mention it is best for me and my overall health. 

 

When I have time I practice flipping and pitching in my yard, study maps and try to identify where fish may hold, read the boards, watch the WFN and cuddle with my rods and reels..oh I mean with my wife. 

 

I don't practice.  The similarity between golf and fishing is being in shape, you won't be much of a golfer over 18 holes if your golfing muscles aren't in condition, weak legs and core muscles.  I fish 7 days a week, most my fishing is not using feather lite gear, I can fish for hours and not get tired or sore, I could not do this if I were out of shape. With the exception of fishing offshore once a week (standing the entire time on a center console boat), I'm walking beaches, sea walls, fresh water canals.

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