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I’ve struggled with the communication of calling shots while sight fishing with most folks I’ve had up front. I start with an explanation, followed by them demonstrating a cast based on my call, and then adapt from there. I‘ve always tried to base the clock from the caster‘s spot on the bow, but never really considered it. I bought the below 1. as a pad to set the pole on quietly 2. To cover up a ding and 3. To give visual reference of ”the clock”. I’ve yet to test it with a live subject, but it looks to me that one of the issues I’ve had in the past is the reference of the clock location. I’m planning on just using this as the reference and moving on, but wondering how folks are calling shots with consistent success.

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Biggest problem I see is that one persons 40ft can be another persons 60ft. You can ask up front for them to cast 40ft so you can base your calling distance off that.

12 o’clock is the bow point always, but some people assume it’s where they are looking. No way to fix that other than correcting them. We all get buck fever and blow it sometimes though
 

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People get hurt when I call shots!😉🤣🤣🤣
 

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I start the day with show me your 2 o’clock (points rod) ok now 10 o’clock (points rod). Then we see what distance the angler is comfortable at and I have them cast to a distance, we will say 60’ as an example. Then I make the adjustments based on what the anglers view of time and distance is and go from there. For me it always has been easier to adjust to how they view it rather than them try to adjust to what I see as 60’. It is also a bit of a moving target and getting them to understand small movements from left to right of I call a time and then say “little left”, some want to go from 1 to 4 and it becomes an over correct game back and forth if we don’t get all that out of the way first thing. It is always easier to pull some line out and kick the rust off when they aren’t starting down a fish.

I’ve never been a fan of those clock dials as I feel like it would give them something to look at and be a distraction. If they are looking out as we are fishing I don’t want them looking down then back out then back down then out. If for some reason they can’t do a clock, which I have not had that, (some are better than others) I would just say point your rod a little left and then just drive them from there.
 

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If someone can only tell time with a digital clock - leave them at the dock.
It's been over 15 years ago I was at a fall festival when a teenaged girl asked me what time it was. When I looked at my watch she said "That's got hands on it!"
 

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I use the "point your rod" and try to get them looking in the right direction. If it's a quick shot, pretty much out of luck.
I use this and it works pretty well for the guys I fish with. Usually they point their rod in the direction that is called out via the clock then "left, right, up, down" is used for them to find the fish with the rod tip before starting a cast. I think knowing exactly where the angler is looking is key in making the corrections so they can find the fish. Disclaimer, most of the guys I fish with fish a good bit so that could be the main reason it seems to work well.
 

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Bow is always 12 o clock and boat is always 20 feet. Makes it pretty easy when you say fish is at 2 o clock at 40 feet (2 boat lengths).
I like using the boat as 20 feet, easy frame of reference. I have a buddy coming down the end of next week who's a trout guy. Going to take a day or two for us to get on the same page I'm sure.
 

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I have the pleasure of fishing for pleasure, not profit, so.......

I'd ask them to point to "2 o'clock port" and "10 o clock starboard". If they don't quickly flip me a finger or at least look at me funny then they're fishing from the dock.
No stickers designed for dummies on my skiff. (except the one that says "capacity 3 people")

On a side note, two questions come to mind.
1) After explaining the concept of 10 & 2 to your angler, what words do you use to inform that highly tuned athlete to look at the sticker, if they are still confused?
2) And when they are on the platform and still can't figure it out, how do you stop yourself from "accidentally" knocking them off the platform with the push pole, or do you just knock their hat off first as a warning shot?
 
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