... u didn't really cast agilely at sandy pond. ...
Correct. It's all new to me. That's why I spend so much time at Sandy Pond practicing casting with so many different rods. My latest is an ultra light spinning rod and I'll be at Sandy Pond briefly to practice casting it with my new ultra light lures you saw. I'm new at it and all are invited to coach me on casting technique.
... I don't think throwing 200 yards is necessary. ...
My post of 09/24/12 8:10 PM explains my purpose for the long casting and it is just a sliver of the full spectrum of fishing styles I'm learning. To not be repeating, it's posted at this link and of course responses work just as well for our older posts as the current ones: (archive post link): http://www.bigfishtackle.com/...=surf%20boil;#772999
... If you're "bank fishing" then if you're throwing it that far then u might as well be fishing from a boat/ship/craft or whatever. ...
There is a reason why at any time I seem to be trying and learning odd mixes of fishing techniques. I'm going for the full spectrum of fishing, so while doing that whatever I do next will be new to me and I will be inexperienced and learning. But, I learn fast!
I have a pontoon boat. I set it aside and the last two times I took it to reservoirs, I left it strapped to the roof of my vehicle because I decided to switch to exploring shore fishing for a while. As you noticed, casting far overlaps what is normally done with both fishing. Exactly! I'm exploring pushing that limit of shore fishing as noted in my post on reaching the boils in the above linked post.
Much of my fishing, though certainly fun and enjoyment, is also motivated by desire to increase my capabilities for preparedness fishing for not just myself, but to be able to teach those skills in the future to those who might desperately need that to feed themselves and loved ones in harsh times to come. That different perspective is why much of my fishing of working on new techniques and styles doesn't at first make sense to people in these present good times of abundance as most can't relate to harsh times that they have never seen and are beyond their imagination.
Preparedness fishing needs to be of the nature that is not dependant on having boats and vehicles to haul them and fuels to power them. That's just one reason for me pushing the limits of shore fishing into the overlap into the realm of boat fishing.
My fly fishing abilities are excellent preparedness for me. But, such skills take time to learn and develop proficiency and are not as easily transferable to others in great need. Conventional fishing styles are more applicable, so I'm learning them and stocking up on excess equipment as barter commodities of value as cash is becoming worth less on it's way to becoming worthless. In those times, conventional fishing equipment would be more practical as barter items because more people including those with little or no fishing experience will be able to quickly use them to eat.
I'm skilled and accomplished at fly fishing and particularly fly tying, but I set all that aside and bought a great many spinning and casting rods and reels from ultra lights to extra heavy and beyond and lures from huge swim baits to ultra light and all of that is new to me.
... But good luck with your goal and have fun!
Thanks. It's working and I have been having fun! Being new to the new styles that I've been learning, I've been consistently catching the big fish at the reservoirs.
Anyone seeing me with undeveloped techniques is certainly invited to teach me.
I'm about to eat and then go to Sandy Pond for ultra light practice. I'll have connectivity with my tablet while eating and practicing to meet up for a lesson or switch to different fishing equipment and styles and go to a fishing destination. I have the weekend available and pack camping gear.
be prepared, be very prepared