How to cast a line further than your mate
Nothing quite beats a smooth, long cast – your lure effortlessly gliding through the air, arcing into the perfect spot. But then, the next cast is far less grand and your lure plops lazily into the water, way too close to wherever you’re standing.
If you’re one of those anglers that nails it sometimes, this blog is for you.
That’s because there may be some simple things you can tweak in your gear set up, and technique, which will improve casting distance, and ensure you consistently get the cast you’re angling for.
Here are five easy tips to cast a line further.
5 tips for casting a line further
- Find the right length
The length of your rod plays an important part in the distance you cast. If your rod’s too light, it’s unlikely to propel the bait forward that far. If it’s too heavy, you’ll have issues loading properly and won’t get the distance either.
So. What do you do? Choose the size that works for what you need. If you’re looking to cast longer, rods over 7 feet will do a great job. Shorter rods are better for accuracy. But we’re here to talk distance.
A longer rod will offer you greater leverage on the hook set, since when they’re swinging more line is taken up. So for greater leverage and distance – go for a longer rod.
- Check the weight rating
When you’re setting up your rod, be sure to check out its weight rating first. Then, when you’re choosing a lure, find options that are within the correct range. Every element of your rod should be in harmony, if you’re looking to maximise casting distance.
While you’re at it, make sure you have a good amount of line on your spool, so when you do cast, the line can go as long as it can. Lowering friction will also help you cast further, so be sure to clean and lube your reel to reduce friction within the bearings.
- Choose a lighter line
A lighter line will get your plugs to achieve deeper and steeper dive curves. But going too light will increase the likelihood of line breakage. Pro anglers tend to fish with a 10 to 12 pound line, in order to increase their cast.
Some anglers think braided line is the way to go for a long cast, especially if you’re fishing from the shore. However, it does lack stretch and isn’t great for casting larger lures and baits. On the plus side, they’re highly resistant to abrasion from rocks or reef you may encounter.
- Don’t cast so hard
It may sound counter-intuitive, but a forceful cast does not necessarily equate to a longer one. When it comes to anglers who use baitcasting tackle, casting hard can cause an imbalance in the speed of the spool, which will negatively impact the distance you cast.
Focus on casting smoothly, rather than using all of your energy and causing the spool to unbalance. You’ll see a big difference in the length of your cast, and you’ll look way cooler than everyone else trying way too hard to go long.
- Your lure matters
As a general rule, a heavier lure will cast further than a lighter one. For example, a 1/2 ounce lure will cast further than a 1/8 ounce one. The style of lure you use matters too. A more aerodynamic lure will travel further, so consider this when making your choice.
If you can, avoid bulky lures – like large spinner baits with a flapping trailer and blades – as they will create more resistance when you’re casting. In conclusion, a weighty lure, that is also aerodynamic, is your best choice for a longer cast.
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