I’m listening to a song about fish – it’s very catchy.-Dad
Ahhhh…. Sitting out by the water, listening to the wildlife, and just watching the scenery. There is not much more relaxing than that. Pure serenity. No worrying about bills, your job, what’s going on with your significant other, kids, just bliss. You reel in the line on your fishing pole and cast again. SPLASH! Your line ends up about 10 feet in front of you and not exactly on the direction you had intended for it to go in the first place. “Well, so much for serenity”, you think as you reel you line back in, getting ready to re-cast, now irritated with yourself.
Let’s go over the basics of casting a fishing line to help avoid such tragedies in the future. There are a few advanced techniques to use when casting such as pitching, flipping, and skipping, but we are going to stick to the most basic of casts here: the overhead cast using a standard bait caster rod and reel.
Begin with your line extended several inches between your bobber (if equipped) and the tip of your pole. If you are not using a bobber, then make sure you have about 1 to 2 feet of line between your hook and the tip of your pole.
Choose the spot you wish to cast to and keep your eyes locked on the target. Press and hold the thumb button on the reel. Don’t let go until you are ready to cast (once you let go, the reel mechanism releases and line begins the feed out from the reel). Position the rod directly back behind your head at about 45 degrees.
While still holding the button, begin moving the rod forward over your head in a fluid motion. Release the thumb button then the rod is directly overhead. Follow through the cast with the rod. (be sure you have a good grip on the handle… don’t ask me how I know)
With some practice and a touch of luck, your line went right where you were aiming for didn’t it? (mine didn’t either, but it got close enough)
Be sure to give your reel a few cranks to lock the reel and to bring in any slack. If you forget this step, even the perfect cast to the perfect spot with be for naught.