Don’t you hate it when you line up that perfect cast at some structure, when you’ve got the boat positioned, you get the timing in the wind gusts right and you’re ready to go but once you launch your cast, you end up messing it up in some way or another.
The stress or anxiety when the “perfect” cast presents itself causes the yips, which in itself is it’s own challenge but as an angler who loves the challenge of fishing structure and with “average at best” casting ability, wayward casts are often wasteful casts. Not only does it reduce the chance of hooking the fish due to the distance from the strike zone, it can also mean the fish are spooked and scared off that snag or structure altogether.
The wide cast leaves the best opportunity to “recover” the snag and have another go. If the cast is wide enough, it will have little impact on any fish holding on or around the structure but if the fish are flighty enough, it can set them off.
The foul up would be my next scenario that frustrates me, this is often made worse when you make the perfect cast but at the first crank of the reel handle, you realise something is wrong. If you can’t see the lure, you’ll feel something wrong and it’s a good indicator that you’ve fouled up or collected some unwanted passenger, like a leaves or rubbish on your lure.
The worst possible scenario for me would definitely have to be the cast that gets hung up on the structure. When this happens there are one of two options, either lose the lure or lose any fish that are anywhere near the structure, as you try to retrieve it.
So what do I do when all of this happens? I try and keep the lure out of the water by trying to lift and drag the lure through the air by flicking it up and out of the way. If it gets caught up over some rope or branches or virtually anything else, the trick is to try and gently pull the lure over the structure without setting the hook points into the structure. As soon as you bury those hook points past the barbs, you can be guaranteed that you’ll spend a fair bit of time trying to pry them out and possibly even replacing the trebles.
Here is my disclaimer, if you cast a lure onto someone else’s property, you need to make a judgement call as to whether you leave it behind or try and remove it. If you try and remove it, do it for the reason that someone could hurt themselves on your hook points but also do it with utmost caution, ensuring you don’t damage their property. Better still, if they’re around, ask their permission to enter their property. If they aren’t too happy, just remember, it was your bad cast in the first place.