Learning to Cast a Bait Casting Rod
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Learning to Cast a Bait Casting Rod

Learning to Cast a Bait Casting Rod


Learning to Cast a Bait Casting Rod

Learning to Cast a Bait Casting Rod

It is a good plan, when learning how to cast, to use a surface bait, one that will float when you get into trouble with the reel and line; that is, of course, when practicing over water. It is quite practicable to learn casting over a lawn or any unobstructed place, and in this case a half ounce dipsey sinker makes a good casting weight, or a tournament weight, furnished by all the tackle dealers, may be used. It is preferable, however, to practice over water. There are two styles of casting from the reel, the side and overhead casts, and of these the side cast is much the easier to learn. When you have acquired the side cast so that you can use it effectively and without backlashing the overhead cast will come more as a matter of course. The side cast is made as follows: Assemble the rod and place the reel in the reel-seat so that when the rod is held with the reel on top the handle of the reel will be to the right. Reel up the line so that the casting weight or bait hangs about one foot from the rod tip. With neither click nor drag on the reel, so that the spool will revolve freely, and keeping the thumb of your rod hand firmly pressed down on the line wound on the reel, swing the rod to the rear with the rod tip pointing a little downward. Then bring the rod smartly forward and slightly upward across the body in the direction you wish to cast, releasing the pressure of the thumb on the line sufficiently to allow the line to run out through the guides when the rod has swung about half-way through the cast. The thumb must never be entirely removed from the line as it runs out, but must control the reel and the rendering of the line throughout the entire cast. Otherwise the reel will revolve faster than the line pays out and a backlash will result. Any adequate definition of a backlash is quite unprintable. The whole trick lies in educating the thumb to regulate the reel speed.

Presuming that you are actually fishing, as soon as the bait reaches the water, just prior to which point the thumb should firmly clamp the reel to prevent further rendition of the line, shift the rod from the right to the left hand, the left hand grasping the rod above the reel, and reel in the bait taking care to distribute the line evenly on the reel with the thumb or fingers of the left hand. When using artificial bait care must be taken to keep the bait in motion at all times; so, regulate the shift of the rod from one hand to the other so that, at the end of the cast, the bait will not lie motionless on the water for even a second. With a little practice you will have no trouble in making casts quite sufficient for general fishing purposes, although, probably, you would not shine in a casting tournament. The principle of the overhead cast is exactly the same as that of the side cast. To make this cast, however, the rod is brought back over the shoulder and swung directly forward. Greater distance and accuracy are obtained with this cast than by the side cast; and the angler should acquire it as soon as possible.

Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.

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