Re: How far "should" I cast?
I have to be able to cast far since I am fishing the stillwater lakes from the shore so I can comb the water from 20ft-60ft. The good thing is I don't need to have a pinpoint 6" from the target cast. As I am casting farther in the stillwater, I am basically blind casting. The fish are more scattered and much deeper in the stillwater compared to the stream or river where the fish are more isolated in pools or eddies. It takes a lot of energies to repeatedly cast 60ft into deeper water with sinking line or leader trying to figure out what depth the fish are holding.
I never caught anything when I bombed my line out. Sad but ALMOST true, you'll mostly catch them in the 40ft.
BEWARE...Once you switched, you can't switch back. :
and NO, I am not an expert, I just think like one.