Casting a fishing rod is a core skill that any fisher must master if they hope to have a successful day of catching fish. After purchasing a rod of your choice and loading up your tackle bag, the next logical step is learning to perfect your cast so that it lands right where you need it to with an effortless glide. Although this may seem difficult, when broken down into simple steps anyone can become a master at casting!
Types of Fishing Rods
There are several types of fishing rods that can be used to fish depending on your skill level, what type of fish you would like to check, the bait you are using, and the type of water in which you are fishing!
The two primary types of fishing rods are spinning rods or casting rods, which are both great selections but simply have different ways to cast. If you are a beginner, it is more likely that you will be best suited to a spinning rod due to its simple mechanics.
How to Cast a Spinning Rod
As stated previously, beginners tend to thrive with spinning rods since their casting method is overall easier. We have still chosen to outline how it works, though, in case you are unfamiliar!
With either type of rod, you will begin with your dominant hand holding it. Make sure you hold the rod tightly between your middle and fourth fingers so that it will not slip but is still comfortable! Next, check the length of your line and ensure your bait is properly attached.
Gently rest your finger to pull the line near the first ring so that it touches the rod and creates a solid stopping point. Press the button or trigger. This will cause the line to loosen and feel slack, which is ideal. After this calmly point your spinning rod where you want the bait to go in the water.
Hold the rod straight up in down and gently propel the rod towards the point you have chosen. When you can see that the rod is near a 45-degree angle from the water, it is time to release the trigger and allow the bait to sink! If you do not get it right immediately, that’s totally okay, practice makes perfect!
How to Cast a Casting Rod
Casting rod is quite similar to the act of casting a spinning rod, so do not be too intimidating if this is the method you will be using. The primary difference is simply the placement of the bait. In this instance, the line and bait are atop the rod rather than underneath.
Therefore, when you are casting you will follow the same components as outlined for the spinning rod, but use your thumb to press the line down into the rod rather than tucking it up to create your stopping point! This will make more sense as you practice but should be fairly similar after a few practice casts, so do not fret.
IF you find that you are following all of the steps but still coming up with a tangled line, hooks stuck to your shirt and casts that do not travel as far as you are wanting them to, it may be time to readdress some components of your technique that may otherwise be considered minor.
Factors to consider:
- Your Stance: Ensure your posture is upright and that your toes point in the direction of your target. Relax your shoulders and allow your arms to glide as you cast.
- Ensure there are no preexisting tangles in your line
- Clear your casting area so that the line does not get caught on trees or hit other fishers in your area
- Do not release your bait too early or too late; check for the key 45-degree angle.
- If you force the rod or move too quickly, there will be less of a smooth glide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about casting fishing rods.
Why is my line getting loose before I can cast?
When you press the button or trigger on a spinning rod, it causes the line to go slack so that you are able to cast. However, if you have not created a stopping point by pressing your fishing line to the pole as you hold it, the line can become too loose for casting!
Simply ensuring you press the line to the pole with your index finger or thumb will solve this issue.
Why is my bait not landing where I want it to when I cast?
There are a variety of reasons why your cast might be slightly off target. First, check your stance and make sure your feet are pointed where you want the cast to end up. Next, make sure that before you cast you are carefully pointing the tip of your rod to your target.
Casting a fishing rod can be a tough act to master, but practice makes perfect. By ensuring you are familiar with your gear and following the steps we have outlined, you are bound to be making casts right on target in no time! Make sure to practice safety and relax out on the water, since the point is to enjoy the activity of fishing after all!