If you’ve reached that point in your fishing experience where a casting distance greater than 30 feet is what you aim at or you’re a beginner interested in what a good cast means and what it requires, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve covered all the things you need to consider and included some helpful tips in today’s post.
Why casting farther?
In case you’re completely new to fishing and you’re not familiar with what casting is, learn that the term refers to the process of throwing your fishing bait into the water. Although it might seem easy in tutorials or when watching a professional casting the fishing line, it might be a bit more challenging when you put it into practice, especially if you are a beginner.
No matter your fishing experience, learning to cast farther will trigger various benefits. Using longer casts will keep you at a greater distance from your target, which means the fish won’t sense your presence. Moreover, longer casts will help certain baits go deeper into the water and even move better.
If you are new to fishing and, thus, to casting, it is best to start with a spinning cast in order to prevent your fishing line from breaking or getting entangled. Furthermore, you can use all types of fishing lures with a spin cast.
The things you need to enjoy that professional cast include a durable spinning rod and reel combo (a 7-ft model is recommended), 6-10 pound of test fishing line and baits that weigh no more than ¼ oz. Place your fingers on the stem of the spinning rod and hold the rod along your waist so that the lure is at least 11 inches away from the tip of it.
Make sure you hold to the line as you hook it with your fingers and bring the tip of the rod over your shoulder. Just sweep it forward slowly while you release the line and the bait and direct it towards your target. Hold onto it and retrieve your catch when you’re ready to do so.
Rod performance and length
There are various factors that affect your casting. As expected, the rod you use will significantly affect the way you cast and how far you can do it. It is best to opt for a more expensive model that delivers a higher performance in order to make your casting smooth and effective.
The more your fishing rod loads, the greater the ability to cast farther. Rods that don’t bend don’t load, which means they will provide you with a lower performance. Then, the longer the rod, the farther you will cast. Now, the weight of the lure you use has a word to say when it comes to the length you choose. A lightweight bait goes better with a 6-foot rod whereas a heavier one requires a longer rod.
Line size and material
A lighter and thinner line is recommended when interested in casting farther. If you go for a 30-pound line there are great chances of not succeeding in enjoying that long cast because it is both heavy and thick.
Opt for a 20-pound line instead. Keep in mind, though, that a too light line might break easily. The materials and coating of the line you use will also affect your cast. Try to opt for materials that will reduce the drag on your cast. This way, the lure will drag the line off easily on the cast.
Lure weight and type
Just as the line and type of the rod you use affect your casting distance, so does the lure. The heavier the lure, the farther you will cast because it will cover more space. You can go for baits weighing ½ or ¾ ounces. Small crankbaits are difficult to get far enough when using a light spinning rod and line.
Still, a massive or too heavy lure might also affect your cast negatively and make it shorter. Lures featuring flippers or blades are not ideal if you want to cast farther. The bait might struggle to move through the air. Therefore, the aerodynamics of your lure will affect the casting distance you get. Look for lures that have an aerodynamic structure ideal for longer casts.
Gone with the wind
The way you use wind can actually help you improve your casting. If you want to cast farther, it is best to cast with the flow of the wind, which means having the wind at your back. If you cast against it, your line will experience more drag because it will hold your hook and your casting distance will thus be reduced. Pay attention to weather conditions before going for your fishing session.
You should also consider letting the line out further to get a harder load on the rod. This way you will be able to propel the lure outward with more force and that will translate into a great casting distance.
Casting farther will help you enjoy various benefits. Increasing your casting distance can help you catch fish that live farther in the water. Furthermore, the fish you’re after won’t feel your presence. This will reduce your chances of scaring them.
Even if you are a beginner, you can improve your casting by practicing and using the right fishing items. You can even use a spinning cast and practice in your backyard or wherever you have access to a pool or river.
In order to get one step closer to casting like a pro it is highly important to choose the right rod in matters of length and performance. You also want to get the appropriate line as far as size and materials are concerned and a lure that is heavier (not too heavy or massive, though).