Bass pro Shaw Grigsby demonstrates the skip cast at Florida's Bienville Plantation (386-397-1989, bienville.com). The skip cast is useful for presenting a light lure to fish holding under docks, bridges or overhanging bank cover.
Water slows the lure as it skips across the surface, so the angler must apply some force to the cast to impart more speed. A spinning reel works best for the job. The stop-and-go speed of the lure as it's skipping makes it difficult to use a bait-casting reel without experiencing backlash.
BEST LURES Lightly weighted soft-plastics or lightweight jerkbaits that don't dig in make the best lures for skipping.
WATER BRAKES It's easier to skip-cast with the wind at your back. Due to the dampening effect of the water, it's difficult to skip a lure across the surface when there is substantial chop or wave action.