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The Art of Casting

Ever really thought about casting, or is it something that you just take for granted? There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to casting. There is one particular technique I would like to share with you that will actually put you on to more fish!

The art of casting

Three basic types of casts

In this article, let’s focus on the three basic types of casting methods: the overhand cast; the side arm cast; and the underhand cast. You should practice all three styles as you most likely will need to use each style at some point.

For example, when fishing from a boat, you may have a few others around you so you may only be able to cast a certain way. Same goes for fishing form shore. You may have obstacles behind you, above you, or beside you – such as trees or shrubs - which will force to cast a certain way.

The overhand cast

Probably the most common method of casting is the overhand cast. This is where you put your rod over your shoulder, directly behind you, and then let your cast fly – and fly it does.

This type of casting usually has your lure (or sinker) going up high into the air, then falling with a nice “splash”. Well, actually, the splash is not that nice at all. Many times, especially in shallow water, once a lure hits the water with a big splash, it will spook any surrounding fish and send them bolting off in a hurry.

The key is to get your lure to hit the water “smoothly”, so that it barely makes any noise at all. In fact, if it makes no noise – or just a very subtle sound - it will actually get the fishes attention and entice him into striking, rather than heading for shelter.

Key tip on cast control


So how do you accomplish such a task? All you need to do is to control your lure prior to it hitting the water, and there is an easy way to do so. Go ahead and cast as hard as you like and as high as you like, then watch your lure.

Just before your lure is ready to hit the water, you want to bring the lure back towards you a bit, about 6 inches. So if a cast was going as far as fifty feet, it will now only go about 49 ½ feet.

Thus, you are actually changing the motion of the lure from going forwards to now coming backwards, at a point just before hitting the water. This slight change in motion is just enough to take the edge off the splash.

Practice makes perfect

Be sure to practice and master this technique, as it will definitely put you on to more fish. If you are using a spinning reel, just close your bail (or palm your spool) and pull back slightly on the rod. Should you be using a bait casting reel, then simply use your thumb to stop the lure and then lean back slightly with your rod.

This technique can be used with any casting method and it doesn’t matter is you are casting a small lure or a five ounce sinker – it works all the time.

Side arm and underhand casts

Sometimes you may need to use a side arm or underhand cast due to people or obstacles around you – but there are times when you purposely want to use such casts. Probably the most common time to, is when you want to keep your lure close to the water at all times.

For example, there may be cases when you are casting under a hanging tree. In such cases you have no choice but to keep your cast close to the water. Also, when working docks, jetties, or weed bed edges – you can do so with a high degree of accuracy by using an underhand or side arm cast.


Practice all three methods of casting and master the art of casting by enabling your lure to gently hit the water, and you will be certain to catch more fish!

Until next time, good fishin’!

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