Some time back I attended a casting seminar with Bob Clouser
It was his opinion that it's important to be able to cast 80'
It was also his thought that anyone who said that they could cast further in a fishing situation was full of horse manure
(This guy's a gem)
He further stated that those who maintained that it wasn't important to be able to cast this distance only said so 'cuz they couldn't
Don't shoot me, I'm just telling you what he said
....There were only two of us out of about 20 in the seminar that could cast the 80' distance
No one cast further.