Do You Make This Common Mistake While Casting? [VIDEO]
By: Joe Simonds on May 8, 2016
Did you know that one common casting error could cause your line to leader knot to unravel or break?
Even worse, this one casting error could be responsible for you flinging an expensive lure off, it could cause you to randomly break your line at the leader, and even worse… it could cost you a lost fish.
Now, I know what a lot of you anglers are probably thinking right now… how hard can it be to tie and knot and cast correctly without breaking it?
And although the act of casting a line can seem very basic, there are many small aspects of casting that can have a very big impact.
So this post and video will be a continuation of the prior fishing tip about casting longer distances with less effort.
However, this casting tip is focused on a common mistake made while casting that is seen across anglers of all different experience levels…
So what is the #1 mistake when casting?
When an angler casts any fishing knot through rod guides.
Why This Is Such A Costly Mistake
The act of casting fishing knots through guides can significantly weaken the most important connection in your line system (assuming you use a light main line for maximum casting performance tied to a heavier leader to withstand the strong and sharp jaws of many saltwater species).
Because every time your line to leader knot slams up against a rod guide (or guides) during a cast, the friction from the repeated impacts will cause wear and tear… and eventually the knot can unravel or break prematurely.
Now, although the wear and tear is small to start, the continued knot abuse on the guides can create a big problem for anglers in the form of casting off their lures or losing the biggest fish of the day.
Of course, this wear and tear compounds even quicker the further your knot gets reeled into the series of guides (as shown in the picture below):
As you can see, the knot in this picture will hit three different rod guides if it was casted from this position… so just a single cast will create three impact zones that can cause harm to the knot.
And I assure you, doing this over and over again will eventually weaken and potentially even break your line right at the top of your knot.
Note: This can be especially troublesome for those of us who use the super-slim FG Knot because the first braid coil (closest to the lure) is the most important part of the knot… if it gets compromised (breaks or get’s nocked lose), then the whole knot could fall apart.
How To Protect Your Knots [Video]
The great news is that protecting knots is very easy to do… it’s all about just being aware of the issue and minimizing the amount of friction that gets applied to your knots.
This video explains tips on how to ensure that your knots stay strong:
When using line to line fishing knot to connect your main line to your leader, make sure to not make a habit of casting your knots through the guides.
Because although the impact of the knot on the guides is small, the repeated abuse can cause a lot of damage over time.
Best of all, this is an easy problem to fix because it only requires just a little more line out of the rod when casting and/or a shorter leader.
Click here to see a post that shows the most effective leader for targeting redfish, snook, and trout when fishing with lures.
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