Cast longer and better
Train your casting and get better length and precision. Learn to double haul and learn to utilize the tackle by loading the rod properly.
Learn to cast upwind and with the wind over the wrong shoulder. Higher line speed, low casts, and narrow arcs can overcome the first. The latter is defied by casting backwards - with your back to the target - or over the opposite shoulder.
Teach yourself precision by spending non-fishing and off-season time on a lawn casting for targets like a ring or a large lid. Lawn fishing is far from fishing over water, but will convey routine and feeling for line and rod.
Mastering the cast is essetial to success.
You can never be too good a caster. Martin Joergensen photo