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I have come to love the hunt of fishing with a big swimbait .. From hudds to black dog baits to ms slammers ... In va I caught fish in all of them last year ... One recently moved from Florida where almost all my bass fishing was done from land.... I've never caught a fish in a big swimbait from a boat .. Anywhere ... So my question is do others share that issue .. Have a preference ? Or tips for catching fish from land or boat with big swimbaits . In Florida bass fishing was just a Pass time to me and the dry tortugas was my haven ...

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A boat allows you to get different setup for different angles. It also allows you to stay farther away from your target and cast past it as to not scare the fish. You don't have this freedom all the time from the bank. This goes for any bait you are throwing big or small.

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A boat gives you more freedom to fish different spots, but you can be much more stealthy from the bank. No way to hide from a follower when you are in a boat, but if you play your card right when fishing from the bank, they will still eat inches from your rod tip.

 

Don't go looking for anything in saltwater that will compare to what you had in FL......

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The only real advantages you have in a boat are the ability to hit multiple spots in a day and you can reach water not accessible from the bank. When I fish a big bait sometimes I may move as many as 50 times a day covering key spots multiple times.

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A boat gives you more freedom to fish different spots, but you can be much more stealthy from the bank. No way to hide from a follower when you are in a boat, but if you play your card right when fishing from the bank, they will still eat inches from your rod tip.

 

Don't go looking for anything in saltwater that will compare to what you had in FL......

They will still hit inches from your rod tip in a boat too.

 

Dave

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I've caught way more swimbait fish from a boat, but my boat is often positioned pretty close to the shoreline when I catch those fish. 

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They will still hit inches from your rod tip in a boat too.

 

Dave

They definitely will, but it doesn't happen very often at all (at least for me). Once they get within 10 feet of me they tend to drop further and deeper behind the bait, before swimming off. I did have a fish that caught me so off guard that I had to let line out to land him!
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Those of you who throw big swimbaits... You prefer a boat to do it out of ?

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Either way is effective, depending on what the fish are doing at any given time.

 

I think one of the biggest advantages to having a boat is the ability to retrieve a snagged bait much more easily. The prospect of losing a 30, 60 or 100+ dollar lure keeps a lot of guys from fishing them effectively where they need to be fished.

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I haven't lost a bait in so long I didn't even think about that speed. A good bait knocker is key. As far as a boat or shore I would take a boat for sure. You can always beach a boat and walk the shore.

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Those of you who fish boats only or just land kinda don't fit in to what I'm asking ... You have to fish both and catch fish in both lol

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More big bass for me use the bottom or the surface as a wall ... This when reeling from shore the wall gets steeper .. I don't have the same comits ... But I do see way more bigger fish who show themselves in a boat ...

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Either way is effective, depending on what the fish are doing at any given time.

 

I think one of the biggest advantages to having a boat is the ability to retrieve a snagged bait much more easily. The prospect of losing a 30, 60 or 100+ dollar lure keeps a lot of guys from fishing them effectively where they need to be fished.

^THIS...the problem is, boats/kayaks/float tubes are prohibited at my favorite spot. I get to go swimming a lot

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fishing from a boat can be overwhelming b/c of too many options. plus you can lose a major advantage you might not have recognized from shore:  from shore you are always reeling uphill. bass pin baitfish against the shore when attacking so reeling from deep to shallow on the bank preys on the natural instincts of a bass.  when i moved from the shore to a boat i couldn't figure out why i started to suck to bad.  too many choices plus i wasn't reeling uphill.  then i started positioning my boat literally against the shore (i'll often hold onto the shore/rock/bank with my foot to anchor) and my catch rate went thru the roof again. plus i started catching quality and quantity b/c i had access to so many more locations from boat than from shore. i very rarely reel down hill ie shallow to deep, unless i'm working a jig down a ledge.

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