There are a lot of small things in fishing that can be a big deal toward becoming a better angler and catching more fish consistently. One of these is being able to learn how to make a good, accurate cast to a target just about every cast.
This is very important for one big reason — because fish live in the water all their life and that is their world, just like we live on dry land. We live and stay around our homes to feel safe and be around something we can relate to.
Well, fish in the water will spend the biggest part of their lives in and around some form of cover or structure. I have seen many times when fish will hold so tight to cover that you have to make a cast within a foot or less to get a strike.
When I talk about cover, I am talking about anything in the water fish can use to hold around, things like wood of any type, weeds and large weed beds, rocks, boat docks and manmade fish attractors.
Fish use these areas to hold on to look for food and to hide from predators like bigger fish. This is what makes being able to learn to control every cast and place your bait in the most high percentage area of the cover as much as you can will increase your catch ratio guaranteed.
I have seen it countless times when several fishermen on the same boat cast the bank and one angler will target his casts more and at the end of the day he will always have the most fish caught.
I have always prided myself on my ability to make very precise casts and it has always paid off well for me. The only way to get really good at casting is to practice as much as you can.
One of the best ways is to set up a target at home like a bucket at a distance you feel comfortable with, and cast to put your bait in the bucket as many times as you can, then move it back and do it again. Then on the water you will be ready to try it for real.