Whether your fishery is a lake, beach, offshore, or anywhere in between, longer casts are one of the biggest things you can do to improve your fishing results. Maybe the fish are really spooky and a long cast is the stealthy choice. Perhaps you spot breaking fish or diving birds, and they’re far away. Or maybe it’s just that a longer cast gives you more productive time presenting your bait, since longer casting equals better fishing.
There are eight important factors that contribute to longer casting. This Wired2Fish article by Jason Sealock breaks them down and shows how they work together.
Whether you’re learning how to cast for the first time or just trying to improve your distance or accuracy with a fishing rod and reel combo and your favorite lure, there are several factors that dictate how far and well you can cast a lure.
The following are the factors you need to consider when casting a fishing lure:
- Rod action
- Rod length
- Line size
- Line material
- Lure weight
- Lure shape or size
- Lure to rod tip distance
Every one of these factors affects your ability to cast the lure where you want to, and here is how each one should be considered to make you the best caster on the lake.
Action determines load
When you pull the rubber back on a sling shot, the harder you pull it back or “load” it, the farther it will shoot your pellet. The same holds true for a fishing rod. The more you can cause the rod blank to load the more you can launch a bait with the recoil on the rod.
If a rod has a real heavy power and action, it won’t bend as much and it won’t load as much. Whereas a rod that has a moderate action or medium power will load a lot more. There is, however, a law of diminishing returns. If the rod has too light an action and not enough power, the lure will become overpowering and can even break a rod blank with enough force. So you want a rod with a moderate action and medium power to maximize your cast.
Photos: Wired2Fish (top), Fishing.com (above)