Casting is one of the most difficult things to do when fishing. We can compare it to a golf swing. It is not always about the power and distance but more about accuracy. When you attempt to cast far you will lose accuracy. First master the art of casting straight and accurately and then work on the distance. The most successful casting technique is the overhead or Kap cast. You need to time every movement correctly or it won’t work.
Firstly you need to know what length of line from the tip of the rod to the Rig is enough. With the Technology of rods now days are designed to Bend virtually right through the length from tip to butt. This allows more “WHIP” in the action giving more distance. Science also tells us that more leverage means more inertia. With that said, to much could now have the reverse effect. When holding the Rod vertical the Bomb or rig should hang around the middle of the Rod. What I personally have found is that the Second eye from the reel in most rod designs is the correct distance indicator for the Rig to hang.
This should allow you to feel when the Rod is Loading. Loading is the term used when the weight swings back and the rod starts to bend. Hold the Rod as shown in the Diagram above. Note that the Rod is slightly forward so that the Line and sinker don’t wrap around the shaft of the rod.
When you bring the Rod back for the cast. Make sure that you are holding it at slight angel of around 15 Degrees to the side. This will allow the Rig to swing past the Rod shaft as you pull back.
Square your shoulders up with a target on the other side of the dam or your Marker Float. Now as you draw back your arms should be fully extended above your head.
What you want to feel in the rod is it Loading. As you feel this happening Start stepping forward with your Leading leg. If you are right handed then your leading leg is the Left Leg. At the same time start to pull Down with your power arm( if you are right handed then the power arm is your left arm) and start pushing out with your leading arm. If you get the timing just perfect the Lead will be sent flying through the air. Note the clock face in the diagram. Your Power arm is the one on the end of the rod If you are right handed then this is your Left arm). This will be where you get all the power from pulling the rod Down. Your power arm moves from 12 O’clock to 6 o’clock. Pulling it into your crotch area. Your Leading hand is the one holding the line by the reel. This arm is your direction arm. Often this is the hand you write with. You are bringing this arm from 10 or 11 o’clock to 3 o’clock. Punching out in front of your face at nose height. This is also the release point. Stepping forward into the cast helps with the loading of the rod and helps you to keep your balance in the cast.
Practising the casting technique will help with Muscle Memory. Eventually you will do it without thinking about it. Once you have mastered this Technique and you are casting nice and straight then you can start playing around with the Power Aspect to gain Distance.
Aiming with your rod
Take a look at the next Diagram. This shows you how you are holding your rod. Note that your thumbs are used to create the Target junction. As you are standing on the bank getting ready for the cast. Use your thumbs to align the rod to the target you are aiming for. Once you have pulled your arms up and start the Cast remember to keep your eye on the Target! When your Power arm comes down in front of you pull your hand directly over the target you are looking at. Once it passes your leading hand will come into view. Make sure that it too is lining up with the target you are looking at.
This is by far the easiest and most trusted way to aim for a target. Again Practise will make Perfect.
One of the best ways to Practice is by Using a Golf Ball. Attach a Hook Ring to the Golf ball. Then tie your Leader onto it. A golf Ball Simulates the Action and weight of a rig the best. GO to your local dam of even a Rugby Field. Follow everything you have learned in this guide about Casting and Practise. Soon you will have the confidence at the Water’s edge. With accuracy and distance, this will give you the edge against any other angler on the Bank.