Anglers in shallow water have a bad habit—one that I’m guilty of, as well—of overlooking the obvious in favor of more difficult tasks. As an example, those that excel at sight fishing are used to flippin’ soft plastics and gently delivering them to precise spots. That’s great for the guy that can pick out fish, but if he can’t flip well, he’s not going to have a great day. The strong casters that choose to stay far away and deliver blindly from a distance, on the other hand, are not really being as efficient as they could be hitting targets then reeling the lure quickly all the way back to the boat. Then about ten years ago, I started noticing something, and if you followed the more recent major tournaments, you might have noticed it too; guys who were not known for their shallow water ability started winning. How? With swimbaits. Speaking broadly, any swimbait measuring more than 4 inches that is made to be simply cast and reeled in can make life easier for the not-so-good spring fisherman, and more importantly, they could make life even simpler for the good spring fishermen if they choose to forgo the precise delivery stuff.