This One Casting Tip Can Significantly Increase Your Casting Distance & Accuracy [VIDEO]

By: Joseph Simonds on April 28, 2016
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Casting isn’t just casting…

When it comes to casting a spinning reel, there are tons of different casting techniques that have many different pros and cons.

And for those who want to catch a lot of fish with artificial lures, the type of casting motion you use can make a huge difference.

To maximize results with your cast (in terms of distance and accuracy), your goal should be to find a casting motion that gets the most output with the least input.

Just like a golfer wants to maximize his or her swing with the best mechanics possible, you should have the same goal as an angler.

So we need to make sure that we’re utilizing the leverage points and taking advantage of the power capabilities in the rod.

And this post will focus on increasing your casting distance while decreasing the casting motion when using spinning gear.

Related Post: “Do You Make These Mistakes When Casting?” [VIDEO] (click here to see it now)

What Is The Best Casting Technique?

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The most effective technique that I’ve found when using spinning gear is something I learned from fly fishing.

In case you’re not familiar with fly fishing, the technique that the distance casters use is called the “double haul”…

Which means that the casting motion starts with the backswing which loads the rod with kinetic energy, that then gets transferred to the forward cast by the elasticity of the rod.

To see an example, check out this sightfishing from a 3rd-floor balcony video.

In summary, it’s best to load the rod with energy in the backward motion before the making the forward portion of the cast.

This video below shows this loading technique applied with spinning gear.

Check out the SLO-MO footage as well!

Spinning Reel Casting Tip [Video]

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Conclusion

For anglers who use artificial lures, it is extremely important to get the most distance and accuracy while using minimal effort in every cast.

And this double haul technique pulled from fly fishing can help save a ton of energy when spin fishing while also allowing for increased distance and accuracy.

For example, check out this sight fishing cast from a 3rd-floor balcony.

Don’t be the angler on the boat, pier, or kayak that is the shortest caster… it just might cost you that fish a little bit farther out…

Give it a shot and let us know how you like it.

Fish On!

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Robert Jarrell
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Question on your casting spinningrod. How do you hale the FG knot going through your eyes. Especially the smaller ones found on modern microwave eyes

Richard Fiorentino
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I am about 6 feet tall and use a 7 foot rod.The lure comes close to the back of my head. I might do better with a 7 1/2 rod

Dave Raymond
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#1. I inshore fish, well try , Port Charlotte fl. Need a new spinning rod and reel for here , Distance and accurcy.Very important
about $100, What to BUY?mTOO many choices.
#2 When I go fishing and make my plan and I get out there to find nothing! Catch nothing!
Where to go? Should you really just ride around until you find sign, LOST
I am doing something wronge , I Tried fishing guides, no help, SO Frustrated !

Luke Simonds
Admin

The answers to all of your questions (and more) are clearly laid out in our Inshore Slammer online course: http://shop.saltstrong.com/products/inshore-slammer

Note: And if you aren’t 100% thrilled that you went through the course after completing it, we’ll give you a full refund.

Dave Raymond
Member

Your reviews from other say different
Your inshore slam is not good
Returns????
Who is LUKE not you!

Luke Simonds
Admin

Yes, I’m the Luke who created the Inshore Slammer course. For returns, we offer a 100% satisfaction/thrilled guarantee to everyone who buys the course, and there has not yet been a single refund out of hundreds of anglers who have ordered the course… so they either were thrilled that they took it (at best) or were at least satisfied that they got their money’s worth (at worst).

As for reviews, there are some listed on the Product page that are all 5 out of 5 stars with insightful commentary… here’s a link in case you missed it (just click on the Customer Reviews tab): http://shop.saltstrong.com/products/inshore-slammer

If you did hear a negative review about the Inshore Slammer from someone who actually took the course, then please let me know who it was from and I’ll gladly process a refund for them (send via email to fish@saltstrong.com).

Jim
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I assume that you would use the same technique with a bait caster.

Luke Simonds
Admin

Yes, this same casting technique can be used with a bait caster.

Ralph Nicosia-Rusin
Member

I need to try this as I have yet to find a consistent and accurate technique. Thanks for breaking it down so well and sharing your insights. Will definitely practice this for casting lures.
Question- When trying to throw large chunks with heavy weights when surfcasting for stripers in New England I had a hard time controlling braided line during the cast. I couldn’t keep enough pressure on it to keep the line from slipping out. I started the cast with the bait and sand on the beach behind and to the left to load the rod for a right hand cast. But the braided line kept slipping out during the cast. I even used two fingers but have since switched to mono line to have a thicker diameter. Any suggestions on how to keep braided line from slipping when casting 4-8 ounces of bait and sinker? I would like to regain the other advantages of using braided line.

Bill Dundes
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how about when fishing with ””’ LIVE BAIT ”””’ ,

Joshua Bonds
Member

Luck how long should you pause a 7 foot extra heavy fast action crowder rod. I use it in islamorada at channel two and channel five. I throw hoggy swim baits, Red eye DOA’s, big chug a bugs and mirror lure series three s25 suspending jerk baits.

Joshua Bonds
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Josh Bonds How long should you pause the rod? If your using a 7 foot heavy with a fast action for tarpon. I use that rod in islamorada at channel 2 and channel 5. I Throw hoggy swim baits, red eye DOA’s, big chug a bugs and mirror lure series 3 s25 suspending jerk baits. You need a super powerful rod to get those tarpon out from under the bridges.

Miguel A. Chavez
Member

I noticed the length of your fishing rod is like somewhat longer than what I USE TO FISH FOR REDS AND SPECKLE TROUTS . More flimsy too . suggestions on type of rods to use for casting lures ?

ALVIN
Member

wud i b able 2 use da same technique casting of da surf using a pen reel on a 13 foot rod?

Luke Simonds
Admin

Yes, the same principle of loading the rod will work with any sized rod. But the timing of the pause at the top will need to vary depending on the strength and flex of the rod. Experiment around to see which motion works best.

David Ratcliffe
Member

Luke, inure how to cast a spinning rod video what is the setup to have rod reel line? thanks

Luke Simonds
Admin

The rod, reel, and line setup is all described in this post about paddle fishing (just scroll down to the Equipment section): https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/snook-fishing-in-the-winter/.

Fish On!

Glenn Stead
Member

What if your dock fishing under green lights?

Luke Simonds
Admin

The same rules in casting apply to dock fishing. When fishing lights, try to position yourself down current from the light so you can cast over it and then retrieve your lure back with the current so it is coming from the natural direction that the fish are focused on.

mark
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mark

good tip, will this work if using chunk bait? It seems like it might have a greater chance of the bait flipping off of the hook when using this faster cast, as compared to ma lure which of course won’t slip off?

Luke Simonds
Admin

Hey Mark, this casting technique will work for casting chunk bait in most situations. You’ll just have to not put quite as much force into the loading and shooting if the bait is soft without a tough area for the hook to hold it when put into motion.

Ken Findlay
Member

Yeah, pretty much the way I cast, only difference is I use a right hand crank on the reel, watch how much fumbling you do after the cast that would be eliminated with the crank on the ‘right’ side!!

Luke Simonds
Admin

Yep, I was never taught to cast so just did it how I thought was best as a kid and the opposite side stuck. The good news is that the quick hand swap while the lure is in the air allows me to be doing something so my ADD stays in check while waiting on it to land:)

I’ve been doing it that way for so long, that I don’t even realize that I do the switch shown at the 2:02 mark.

Steven
Member

I really need to pay closer attention and watch more of your videos. I am new to saltwater and the challenges it presents. Thanks for the tips Luke.

Luke Simonds
Admin

My pleasure Steven! There will be plenty more videos coming, and you can find prior Tips in the Fishing Tips section of our site (https://www.saltstrong.com/fishing-tips).

And if you’re targeting redfish, snook, and/or trout, then I highly recommend taking our Inshore Slammer course because it’s a structured video-based platform that covers everything you need to go from newby to an advanced angler who catches slams without even needing live bait (https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/inshore-fishing-guaranteed-course).

Fish On!

Steven
Member

Thanks Luke. I will look into that course. I live just a couple hours from Tampa, over by the Ft. Pierce inlet. It would be great to be able to fish with and learn from you sometime. I am saving my pennies right now for a kayak. We have a lot of mangroves over this way.

David
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David

Keep in mind this is a left handed angler or is at least casting left handed try out in the open as this will greatly increase distance or try on the bushes and you’ll be squrl fishing

Luke Simonds
Admin

This rod loading technique is great for skipping up under mangroves too. The benefit of this cast for skipping a lure into a small target is that the forward rotational casting motion is shorter which leaves less room for error… it’s like throwing a dart (minimal rotation is best).

Here’s a video showing this loading technique on skipping lures (the end of it shows me pulling snook out from under mangroves with a jig while fishing from a small paddle board): https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/how-to-skip-a-lure/.

Larry Strickland
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I’ll have to focus on that next time I use artificials. Lord knows after 50 casts minimal effort sounds nice. How long is that rod Luke?