Casting Lures VS. Live Bait (#1 Issue Among Inshore Anglers)
Lures VS. Live Bait – what are the right casting techniques for either approach?
The #1 issue I see among inshore saltwater anglers is casting.
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Casting Lures VS. Live Bait [VIDEO]
To begin, you need to perform a different casting motion with a lure than you do live bait.
With lures, you don’t have to worry about it flying off the hook.
You want to create speed in the tip section of the rod to propel the lure forward.
I always use the Dart Cast method.
The core premise is to have your bottom hand on the butt section and your top hand on the reel seat.
You need to use both hands to cast – don’t use only one hand!
To cast, load the rod over your shoulder and pull your bottom hand in tight to your body while your front hand flicks forward.
Then you’re able to shoot the lure out wherever you want.
When it comes to casting live bait, you do need to be careful not to lose the bait on your casts.
If you perform the same cast with live bait as you should with artificial lures, the fast whipping motion will likely cause the bait to fly right off your hook.
With live bait, you want to load the rod up slowly and perform a long arching throw.
You won’t cast as far as artificial lures, but this will protect your baits and keep them secure to the hook.
BONUS: Lures That Are Heavier Than The Rod Specs
If you are fishing with lures that weigh more than the rod is weighted for, then you want to treat it like live bait.
In this case, the concern would be to avoid breaking your rod.
For heavy lures, load the rod behind you and perform the same long, arching throw.
If you try the dart cast method with overweight lures, it puts the rod in a high-sticking situation that puts the rod at risk of breaking.
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