We have used fishing poles, sticks, waders, and a decoy retrieval stick, but our best method has been a two man kayak. This is jump shooting a river which is max of 40 ft wide very narrow. We just recently updated to the kayak and it is the smartest thing we have done, a little bulky but 100% retrieval rate with out getting wet. Are thinking about getting a one man lightweight kayak.
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