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Which is tougher: shoreline fishing or boat fishing?

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Some comparisons:

Shore fishing crowd pressure is often unavoidable, while in a boat you can pick your spot.
Many lures can be fished from a boat, like blade baits, that don't make sense from shore.
Snagged lures can be recovered better from a boat.
A boater can go to the fish, while from shore you wait for fish to come to you.
A boater can find casting angles not possible from shore, using wind to advantage, and can cast out from shore.
From a boat you can fish all types of structures or fish outside matted vegetation clogging shore.
A boater can sample a lake in hours that would take days by vehicle or walking in.
Landing a fish is easier from a boat, while the shore angler sometimes must wade to land one effectively.

Some advantages of shore fishing are: cheaper fishing (!), opportunity for larger group outings, not rocking in bed while trying to get to sleep, can have a bon fire and roast weiners while watching bobbers, can sometimes catch more fish than boaters, less likely to get run over by a cigar boat or run over a jon boat. ;D

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