Minimizing bottom cutoffs is a huge challenge when ultralight flats fishing. Remember: If your line is in the air, it’s off the bottom. There are three ways to achieve this. First, use the longest rod possible. The long rod raises more of your line out of the water than a shorter rod. Second, if you’re on a skiff with a casting platform, use it. The extra height elevates your rod tip even higher. Last, have the poler keep you as close to the fish as possible during the battle. Close proximity to the fish creates a “high-stick” angle that minimizes in-water line.