Lures vs. Live Bait Casting: How To Cast Far WITHOUT Losing Your Bait


Aaaaand there it goes!

Have you ever cast out a live pinfish, just to have it sling off of the hook and out into the blue?

The truth is, you just can’t cast live bait and artificial lures the same way.

Some people go as far as to have totally different rods for their live bait and lures, but you actually don’t need to spend all that money.

Instead, you just need to learn the best way to cast lures and live bait.

And that’s exactly what you’re going to learn in this video — let’s dive in!

Live Bait vs. Lures: Casting Like A Pro [VIDEO]

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How To Cast Lures

When you’re casting out lures, you want to snap the rod back to load it, then quickly sling it forward and let the lure fly.

And if you really want to maximize your casting, then you need the right rod.

Fast action rods (where just the tip of the rod bends) are best for casting lures far and accurately.

Check out this blog post to learn more about fishing rod power and action.

How To Cast Live Bait

With lures, you can sling them out as fast as you’d like without worrying about them flying off of the hook.

But that’s not the case with live bait.

With live bait, you need to be a lot more careful.

Start by bringing your rod back behind you so you have a lot of room to build up speed, then cast it out by slowly accelerating your rod tip before letting your bait go.

It’s the quick acceleration that makes the bait come off of the hook, so starting your cast slow and finishing it fast will let you get it out far while also minimizing the chances that your bait comes off of the hook.


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Although some people have separate setups for live bait and artificial lures, it’s not really necessary.

To cast out lures far, snap your rod back to load it and then sling it forward.

To cast out your live bait, just bring the rod back behind you and slowly accelerate it as you cast it forward.

Another factor that plays into how far you can cast is your rod, and you can check out this blog post to learn more about fishing rod power and action.

Have any questions about casting?

Let me know down in the comments!

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A Rollins
2 years ago

Sorry I missed the bird. Late to the party again. Is this a reshot video, or was this the original video with the double-crested cormorant cropped out? Looks like the latter.
Now that’s out of the way… This was a great video. I’m going to recommend it to a friend who makes casts like he’s fly fishing any time he picks up a rod.

Last edited 2 years ago by Andrew Rollins
Jean Long-Thomason
2 years ago

I listened to you, but I couldn’t help but watch the bird diving at the front of the boat.

Maria Sullivan
3 years ago

Your pet Cormorant stole the show and is almost as cute as Otis! Thanks for the lesson video!

Steve Bullard
3 years ago

For some reason I couldn’t see the video. Had audio but no video

Loren Yeager
3 years ago

I learned nothing. Instead, the Cormorant had my undivided attention. 😆


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