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.

Sign up for FREE to receive the latest saltwater fishing videos, tutorials, product reviews, and fishing product discounts!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our “Casting Mastery” tutorials


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)

Then take advantage of our casting challenge offer [learn more].

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!

P.S. – If you think your angler friends or fishing networks would like to see this, please Tag them or Share this with them. You Rock! Pa-POW!

Related categories:

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Robert Keubler
2 years ago

Recently I bought a Shimano Stradic. I would like to know the difference between it and the Ci. I’m not happy with the bad experience I am having due to my personal grip on the rod and reel. I hold the reel handle between my little and ring finger. What I’m finding is the tightness of the angle around my little finger due to the design of the reel is causing me a lot of pain half way thru the days fishing.This is causing me to have to modify my grip to put all fingers together above the reel handle which is causing an inaccuracy in my casts due to the way the line is held too high above the spool. I’ve lost the receipt so this reel is mine forever. I’m real pleased with he drag system–its unlike anything I have ever experienced. How many pounds is it with the 3000 ? Any ideas you can share to alleviate my pain would eb appreciated. Thanks, BobKuebler

2 years ago

Very cool to see it in slo-mo. I’ve guess I’ve been using this type of cast all my life and never knew it had a name! Well, I’ve used it on artificials…….I throw too many $$ shrimp off to use this cast with live bait. I don’t think you can be anywhere near accurate if you use a more sweeping type cast. Also , I’m not sure if you mention it in the video, but I think there is a “sweet spot” that varies with what type of artificial you are using, as well as rod, when it comes to how far your lure is from the rod tip, before the cast. Too far from rod tip you lose distance, same for too close. I have to play around with a given lure to find the right distance from the rod tip to maximize distance and accuracy.
One technique I WILL need to practice is the skip cast.

Rocky Fields
2 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
7 months 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.

JD Malone
1 year ago

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

Mitchell Landis
7 months 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.

Mitchell Landis
7 months 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
7 months ago

3 O’clock, 12 O’clock, 3 O’clock.

Mitchell Landis
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months ago

Rip Current Statement in effect until Thursday, 8:00 PM EDT. Source: U.S. National Weather Service



* HIGH SURF…5 feet or higher.

* HIGH SURF TIMING…Now into Wednesday evening.

* HIGH SURF IMPACTS…Dangerous breaking waves and minor beach
erosion possible.

* RIP CURRENT TIMING…Increasing wave action from Hurricane Laura
will create dangerous rip currents through Thursday.

* RIP CURRENT IMPACTS…Rip currents can sweep even the best
swimmers away from shore into deeper water.


Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to
dangerous surf conditions.

Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and
float. Don’t swim against the current. If able, swim in a
direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the
shore and call or wave for help.

Mark Fassold
6 months ago

thats a cool cast

Gary Friedman
5 months ago

Thats a great technique. Great video.

Beach Preachr
28 days ago

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


Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.

Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join:

Other Fishing Tips You May Like :

2 Costly Power-Pole Mistakes Boaters Need To Avoid

Have you made these Power-Pole mistakes? These common mistakes can be costly, but are easily avoided. In this video, you'll learn how to fix them, plus...
See Full post
1 comment

How To Use A Fishing Net To Land Big Fish [VIDEO]

Sick of losing fish at the boat? Check out this video to see how to use a net to land big fish. There are three things to remember when using a net and...
See Full post
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x