Casting Basics

Casting is an important aspect of fishing. The strategy you use and the skill you develop in it is crucial to a consistent catch. Here are a few basic tips on how you can improve your overhead and sidearm casting.

Overhead Cast

In overhead casting you have to reel in the slack line so that the lure or hook is three to six inches from the rod tip. You should point the rod tip toward the target, and quickly pull the rod straight back. Stop the rod when it is at the 1 o’clock position. Then, immediately start the rod forward. When the rod is at the 10 o’clock position, you can release the line.

If you are using a spin casting reel, you have to lift your thumb off the button. But if you are using a spinning gear, you have to lift your finger off the line pinched between the finger and the handle. You have to keep the rod tip pointed at the target until the lure or bait reaches it. If your cast falls short of the target, you have to try letting it go earlier. If your cast goes straight up above you and fall short of your target, then you have to try letting go a little later.

Sidearm Cast

Similar to overhead casting, the first step in sidearm casting is reeling in the slack line, so that the lure or hook is three to six inches from the rod tip. Then point the rod tip toward the target; you need to quickly swing the rod back to your side. Stop when the rod is just behind you, and then immediately swing the rod forward. Release the line as the rod swings forward. Keep the tip pointed at the target until the lure or bait reaches it.

If you are right handed and your cast goes to the left of the target, then you released the line too late. But if you cast with your left hand, then you released early.

There are more educational tips when you go on a fishing trip with Ware’s the Fish Charter. Contact us for your next adventure and experience the beautiful waters of Key West, Florida.

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