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About what kind of distance should I expect to get out of pitching? I tried a little at a local park and feel real comfortable doing it,and I seem to be getting it out there a good ways,but is distance a factor when pitching?

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My idea of a good pitch is all about accuracy and how quiet I can get the bait into the water. I keep the bait as low to the water as possable without it skimming across it and I can 98% of the time get it in the water without a big splash and quietly at about 30 ft any more than that I can't acheive the steath that I want. and my accuracy starts to % starts to drop. But a key element also is practice.  I practice alot.  When I can't go fishing I practice casting and Flipping and pitching.   I don't think anyone can practice to much

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I have to agree with bassnut1276 on the practice! The more you practice, the more comfortable you'll be and the longer you'll be able to pitch! On my good days (still need to practice more), I can pitch accurately (with minimal splash) 30-45ft. Distance can be a factor in clear water. With stained to muddy water or in very thick vegatation, you can move in closer and do more flippin than pitchin.

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When I have to resort to flipping and pitching it means that the bite is tough to get for that day. On those days, I'm downsizing my jigs to 1/4oz. Pitching the smaller bait decreases splash on arching casts and even moreso on flipping and pitching. I fish clear water, so I'm having to get it out there accurately and quietly and I can get that done at about 35-45ft, but I am more comfortable working about 20ft from the structure, depending on water depth. I also don't have a traditional "pitch" that I use.  I have this ugly, funny looking south-paw underhanded sidearm thingy cast that works for me.  I suck at pitching the correct way.  I'd say if you can flip 0-15ft and pitch 25-30ft, you're doing pretty good. After that, it's showing off :P

Most of the time when I'm fishing though, I'm fishing water that's 10+ ft deep and 95% of the fish are suspending or on the bottem. I usually don't worry about splash unless I suspect that the fish are holding high or the water is shallow. Just something to think about.

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I don't believe distance is nearly as important as accuracy and quietness. If you can sneak your boat in (without stomping. talking, and rattling the tackle box) and pitch a Jig silently next to the log, stump, drop off, etc. so the bass just can't help but suck it in, well, you get the idea. It's all about presentation, presentation, presentation. Concentrate on presentation (with a proven bait, of course) and you will catch fish. I always believe that every stick and log that I pitch to, has a big bass lying there, waiting for my jig, worm, creature, etc. If not. what's the point? JMHO

Ronnie

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What Ronnie said.

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I pitch about 18 :o :o but have a lot of trouble with direction >:(

Point the tip of your rod to the target before you pitch, and practice, practice, more practice. Practice makes perfect.

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You guys might not believe me, but I can pitch about as far as one hand cast.  Thats about all I do is pitch. Like Ronnie said its about accuracy.  the farther you pitch the less accurate it will be.  Practice and more practice is all it takes.  

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I fish a Jig 98% of the time and I rarely pitch the normal bait in hand underhand swing, I do more of an underhand roll cast of some sort either back arm or fore arm and can can wing it with precision and no splash, not sure how far though never brought a tape measure but far enough ;)

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I see a lot of posts about trouble with baitcasters. I wonder sometimes if the basic problem may be that a long time spinning fisherman grabs his first baitcaster and tries to throw it a 1/2 mile like a spinner. I think a lot more spin fishermen would fall in love with baitcasters if they would start out learning to pitch. It helps you learn and feel the mechanics of a casting reel. I think if more casters would start with pitching and work up to short side arm casting and eventually to longer casts that it would open up a whole new world of fishing. JMHO.

Ronnie  

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I agree Ronnie.  You cant just go out and run a marathon on the first day of practice.  Start small and build upon what you learn.  The goal should be to push yourself a little further each time.  Eventually you will become fluid in all of your casts.

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The pitch in a cup is trick casting.........what is more important is were ever you are looking you pitch to with ease thats under over hook left hook right fade it in loop it just look and pitch. And yes be very carefull when talking to the sweety on the dock I've been close to errror.

Garnet

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