This Cool Casting Trick Helped Me Catch A Fish Of A Lifetime [“Dart Cast”]


Casting technique is an extremely important aspect of fishing that often gets completely overlooked.

Just think about how much attention goes towards a golfer’s swing in the golfing industry… there are even countless items that golfers buy simply to help them have a more effective swing.

Most fishermen believe that once they know the basic mechanics, that’s all they need to know.

But that simply is not true… and I can say that because I know from experience.

I fished for many years before I ever put much thought into my casting technique.

The first time I had to was when I got serious about learning how to cast out my entire fly line when flyfishing.

And then I realized that the science behind maximizing casting distance in flyfishing by utilizing the rod’s ability to store and unleash power can be applied to spinning tackle too.

dart cast rod

And the resulting casting technique that I’ve since used for spinning tackle has enabled me to do the following:

  1. Cast Further
  2. Increase Accuracy
  3. Expend Less Effort

So I put the video below together so that you can see how it in action and also learn the physics behind why it works.

The “Dart Cast”

As you’ll see in the video below, this unique casting technique will enable you to maximize your accuracy while increasing the distance in casts with minimal effort.

We call this cast the “Dart Cast” because its core benefit is that it allows your forward motion to be just like what a dart thrower does to achieve maximum accuracy and precision.

Watch the video below because it shows it in action with a fish of a lifetime catch in addition to some very helpful slow-motion footage analysis that will help you see exactly how this cast works.

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Given how important casting truly is for fishermen who want to maximize their fish catching, we much always be mindful to make any needed adjustments in our casts.

Even if the adjustments result in just 10 extra feet of casting distance, that equates to an entire football field of added strike zone coverage every 30 casts.

And best of all, that extra football field of distance is typically the best strike zone area due to it being farthest away from you were the fish are much less likely to have any idea that danger is in the area.

So if you are serious about making sure that you’re maximizing the following in your casts:

  1. Max Distance
  2. Max Control
  3. Max Efficiency (Less Effort)

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I highly recommend giving it a shot because you simply do not know when your fish catch of a lifetime opportunity like the snook from the 3rd-floor balcony will come.

It’s of course best to be prepared so that you don’t miss out on a great catch.

Any questions?

Let us know in the comments.

Fish On!

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Michele Rampe
1 year ago

I have a question on casting. My husband says never run the leader up the eyes of the rod…. so I end up with 2 to 3′ of leader before I cast. I have to go behind the boat or motor to then have enough umph to get it out. What do we do about the leader?

Randall Phelps
1 year ago
Reply to  Michele Rampe

The rod tip will damage your leader knot and/or your swivel will damage your rod tip if you reel too far. The long leader should help you load the rod on the backswing so you shouldn’t need much oomph to get your bait out there.

Rob DiStefano
6 months ago
Reply to  Michele Rampe

I spool braid on spinners and add about 20′ to 30′ of mono with an FG knot. That mono is a “shock leader” that’s typically twice the test strength of the braid. For 15# braid the shocker is 30# mono. For 30# braid a 50-60# mono shocker, for any heavier braid the shocker is always 80# mono. A super small Spro swivel (#5 125lb, or lots smaller) is tied to the end of the shocker with an improved clinch knot. The #5 will easily glide through a 10 ring rod tip top when it’s time to wind back on the spool when fishing is over, but is always kept forward of the rod’s tip top for casting. A payload drop off the rod tip of half to three quarter of the rod length will increase casting distance if a proper casting technique is employed and well executed. Excess shocker mono is wound on the spool and a lure rig or bait rig is clipped onto the shocker’s swivel. Casting for distance requires a technique that will suit the tackle – the rod, reel, line, and payload weight and physical size. For lures, they are open loop knotted with a floro or mono bite leader that’s clipped to the shocker swivel. For weight ‘n’ bait, the leader type and strength depends on the targeted fish, where sharking will require a hefty mono trace to a wire bite leader.

Benjamin Samuel
17 days ago
Reply to  Rob DiStefano

Are you meaning “20-30” inches? I think I misread it and I was trying to imagine 20-30 feet of leader. Now it makes more sense. Not trying to correct you or anything, just trying to stop other literal dummies like myself to avoid confusion. Thanks for the setup tip, Rob.

Bob Hartwein
1 year ago

I noticed that you don’t pull the rod toward you with your bottom hand for more leverage, like I was taught. I will try your technique next time I’m out. I had watched that “3 story Cast” when it first came out & couldn’t believe it! I was laughing along with Joe. That got me “hooked” on Salt Strong!

Beach Preachr
2 years ago

I tried this method. Accuracy. What fun! Lake out back is perfect for practicing! Practical too.

Gary Friedman
2 years ago

Thats a great technique. Great video.

Mark Fassold
2 years ago

thats a cool cast

Mitchell Landis
2 years ago

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Mitchell Landis
2 years ago

Would you recommend the same length rod to a person who is 5′ to say 5.6 to someone like me who is 6’2″? I kayak fish and when I get longer than the 7’6″ Fenwick elitetech, (inshore), I have a real issue with casting room. To be fair I usually have 1 or 2 poles in the holders aft of the seat. When I fish just about every where else I will go to 8′ because I find at my height the extra length doesn’t justify the headache of catching/ snagging such a long pole on everything.

Mitchell Landis
2 years ago

I know you were talking about the technique, but what I don’t remember hearing anything about eyelet size, or how different types line can effect casting.I just changed one rig to 10 lb braid on a 6.’6″ pole and can get the same distance as the 7 or 7’6″ with the same lb weight mono.Also the eyes taper down to a smaller eye at the tip for the 6’6″ so I get better accuracy and distance. Yes, I educated myself watching one of your videos on how all these elements effect casting, it was great by the way. .

Mitchell Landis
2 years ago

3 O’clock, 12 O’clock, 3 O’clock.

JD Malone
3 years ago

What are the modifications for a surf rod 10-13′ in length?

Mitchell Landis
2 years ago
Reply to  JD Malone

I would guess quite a bit,unless you are using a lure also.If your are using weights to hold the bottom, the weight may effect ti fulcrum/ Power position of the rod. I believe that Fly fishermen also use this or similar technique when playing out line.So I am guessing that this works best for light tackle.

Mitchell Landis
2 years ago
Reply to  JD Malone

Every video of people fishing the beach I have seen, they bring the cast from way down town. Usually it is a kind of side-arm, over the shoulder, heave.

Rob DiStefano
6 months ago
Reply to  JD Malone

I surf fish 99.9% of the time, and have done so for over 60 years. Surf rods of goodly lengths (10-15′) require a two handed technique for maximum distance. One hand up and typically fingering the mono shocker line (spinner) or thumb on the spool (revolver) and t’other hand on the butt = push (reel hand) and pull (butt hand). A good fishing cast is the Hatteras, either OTG (off the ground) or aerialized (pendulum). For weight ‘n’ bait, a clip down or over/under rig will help maximize the distance and eliminate “helicoperting” a spinning sinker and baited hook.

Rocky Fields
4 years ago

Luke I was watching your casting reel mechanics video, about never switching hands after cast. I do this, I am right handed cast with my right, set hook with my right and when fish on switch hands reeling with my right. I do the same with both my casting reels and spinning reels. From watching you are you left handed or right handed? I have just gone to spinning reels and have noticed this with your Dart casting method. S
Should I be using the reel handle on the left side. Don’t think I can. Just curious after hearing you say you learned it wrong an had to retrain yourself. Maybe me too.
Fish On !

Mitchell Landis
2 years ago
Reply to  Rocky Fields

Roger, I am just visualizing what you are describing and correct me if I am wrong, but when you switch hand to reel, the rod turns 180 degrees. So if you started with the eyes facing down they would now be in the up position. I guess the question I would ask is when casting, which is the proper direction for the eyelets to be when casting. P.S.I am left handed and when I was growing up most rods were right handed, I often wondered if it mattered.


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