In my early years of bass fishing, I just winged it and took what were often willy-nilly casts to tough spots without taking a second to think strategy. I called them “suicide casts.” But despite lost lures and lost fish, I learned from every suicide cast. For every foible there were also instinctual good decisions in the heat of the moment that I mentally logged. For starters, if you’re going to make a cast to a crazy spot where you have a chance to pin a bass, use heavier tackle. In some cases heavy tackle will account for fewer bites; others not so much. The next thing to do is maneuver the boat to the best angle before you cast. It’s worth taking the time to execute this step properly. There’s always a “best chance” angle for a cast that will help you avoid pinning a fish. Lastly, understand that regardless of tackle and position, you’ll still pin some fish, and when it happens you have to be thinking about two important things: continuous pressure and your ability to physically get your hands on the fish. That might seem counterintuitive because it’s hard to keep pressure while moving toward the fish, but that’s exactly what you have to do.