I found myself against a bank Saturday. (PA 14) I was re-tying two rods in the wind and just drifted across about 20 yards of barely-submerged milfoil to the bank. The hobie was touching bottom front and back. I gave one push with stakeout pole and then I fluttered pedaled all the way out. No problem at all.
I wouldn't want to flutter pedal for long periods but I believe I could fish shallow flats without a problem.
Jiggy, I understand about not wanting to flutter pedal like you are saying. It is a good way to get out of real shallow areas, but it would be a problem if you have to cover a lot of ground that way. However, it is surprising how shallow that boat can go. I have been in just a few inches of water paddling without any problems.
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