Indiana-based Total Outdoorsman Challenger Dennis Billingsley likes to hit the local bass ponds at this time of year. His preferred rod is a fairly typical bass setup: a heavyweight Fenwick matched to an Abu Garcia baitcasting reel. But he uses an unorthodox cast. A right-hander, he casts across his body, sidearm-style. "It gives me more control," he says. "A regular cast is too powerful for the soft presentations I want with my Carolina-rigged plastic worm."