How to Make Longer Casts with a Baitcast Reel

How to Make Longer Casts with a Baitcast Reel
Baitcast reels are manufactured for superior strength and rated to hold the weight of large fish--even in rough, choppy waters. Making longer casts with a baitcast reel requires a solid grip and good use of the reel's features, which are designed to propel your fishing line great distances. When deciding whether to cast your line far or near, factor in the depth at which target fish are swimming before dropping your line.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Fishing lure
  • Weight(s)
Step 1
Grip the reel's handle. Press your thumb to the spool, which controls how much drag is released during casting, and position your index finger so it is flush with the gearing.
Step 2
Measure the distance between the lead sinker attached to the end of your fishing line and the water. This is referred to as the "drop." To cast longer distances, release several feet of line. Press the release button for the fishing line spool.
Step 3
Change the breaking system using the circular knob located on either side of the gearing. Turn the knob counterclockwise to decrease the breaking and increase the casting distance.
Step 4
Prepare to cast your line. Position your spinning hand upward at a slight angle. Eye your target and then point your reel in that direction. Steadily draw the rod back over your shoulder, letting it hover slightly above it. Check that the reel is positioned at a 90-degree angle from the floor of your boat or the ground.
Step 5
Flick your wrist forward to thrust your baitcast reel back over your shoulder and in front of your body. A smooth action is all that is needed; extra power is not necessary.

Tips & Warnings

Have a target in sight before casting.
Always call out a word of warning before casting a baitcast reel.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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