Higher is not always better, but shorter means you see less. So what is the perfect casting platform height?
Choosing a casting platform for sight fishing redfish is tough for inshore anglers. There are plenty of factors influencing this decision, and one of those is choosing how high a stand should be.
Before I jump into casting platform height, let me gloss over a few things, just so we are all on the same sheet of music.
Also known as a sight fishing stand (I just call it a “stand”), a casting platform is equipment used by anglers to get elevated to better see fish swimming in the water.
It can be as simple as a ladder.
Or something a little fancier.
Either way, casting platforms help you get higher to easily spot redfish.
This is the meat and potatoes of this article. Let’s break it down.
A taller stand is great to see redfish from! But there are pros and cons.
I consider six feet to be really tall. Twelve to eighteen inches would be short, in my opinion.
In Florida, shorter stands work because their water is clearer. In Louisiana we utilize taller stands because most water is stained with tannic acid or just dirty.
Some guys like short stands. Others like tall stands.
In the beginning I liked tall stands, but learned I hated dealing with their nuances. But, in a short stand I feel stunted and blind.
For me, I have learned 4 ft is perfect for all water clarities, but I am learning to deal with shorter stands because I believe they spook redfish less.
Keep in mind how high your bow rests also plays a role. Some are higher, some are lower.
It’s up to you. You must decide what you can budget and what you prefer.
If you’re new to sight fishing, I recommend getting a foot stool or step ladder from a hardware store.
Learn what you like, then make an investment from there.
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Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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