3 Tips For Casting Your Surf Rod Farther & More Accurately
Casting out a 12 ft surf rod can be a daunting task.
And if you want to reach fish that may be feeding further away from the shore, you better have good form and know a couple of tricks.
So in this video, you’ll learn 3 tips to increase your casting distance and accuracy with a surf rod.
Check it out below!
Tips For Casting Your Surf Rod [VIDEO]
Best Form For Casting A Surf Fishing Rod
There are many surf anglers that hold their rod close to them thinking their body will help power the cast.
The truth is that you are taking away most of the power of the rod because it does not have a full range of motion.
For the best stance, set your feet shoulder-width apart and then angle your body about 45 degrees to the water.
Point your front foot towards the water where you’ll be casting.
Also, make sure your weight is in line with the guide closest to your reel.
You’ll want many feet of line out to properly load the rod when casting out.
This will take some getting used to as it’s more difficult to cast accurately with more line out but it will improve your distance.
Put your forward hand close to the end of the butt of your rod and your back hand should be at the reel seat.
Hold your rod directly above your head and then move out slightly in front of you.
When you are ready to cast, look out at the water and up 45 degrees.
Aim at your 45-degree mark and not directly out at the water.
Use your forward arm as a lever to pull down as that’s going to be your power and your back arm pushes forward to aim.
Best Drag Setting For Casting A Surf Fishing Rod
Tighten down your drag so that you cannot pull out any line at all before you cast.
This helps you not get cut by the braided line with the force of your cast.
After you cast out, DO NOT forget to re-adjust your drag.
Making this mistake could prevent a hook-up and may also have your entire setup going out to sea.
How To Use A Cast Cannon On A Surf Fishing Rod
A breakaway cast cannon is a casting aid that you install on your surf fishing rod.
Installing the casting cannon is quick and easy.
Line it up with where you would naturally be holding the line with your finger for casting.
Take two zip ties and wrap one around the top and one around the bottom of the cannon to secure it to your rod.
Cinch the zip ties down as tight as possible and clip the tag ends.
To reduce the sharpness of the tags, melt the plastic with a lighter.
When using the casting cannon, simply push out the trigger out and wrap your braid around the knob twice.
Pull the trigger to hold the line and open the bail.
Cast out as you normally would but instead of your finger releasing the line, your finger releases the trigger.
This will greatly increase your casting distance when throwing out heavier weights and baits!
Get the Breakaway Casting Cannon here.
Everyone has their own style of surfcasting.
But there are many tactics to try if you want to improve your casting distance and accuracy.
And perfecting your form and get your casting rhythm in sync will take time and practice.
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