How to Cast Bait Far for Surf Fishing

How to Cast Bait Far for Surf Fishing
There may come a day when you are standing in the surf, rod in hand, watching pelicans dive into a roiling sea alive with baitfish. You know big predators are just below the surface, agitating the baitfish into a panic that attracts the pelicans. And it's all going down just beyond the range of your best cast.
Some anglers might consider buying a boat. Others will drop money to get out on a pier. You can choose to improve your surf fishing skills with practice.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Surfcasting rod and reel
  • Tackle
Step 1
Use the right equipment. A surfcasting rod should be 7 to 12 feet long. Some anglers can add 20 yards to their cast simply by using a longer fishing rod.
Step 2
Match rod to reel and tackle to both. If your rod and reel combo is not properly balanced, you won't get the maximum benefits out of either piece of equipment. Similarly, lighter lures and rigs cast better on medium-duty rods, while you'll need a heavy-duty rod to hurl a 4 oz. spoon out to sea. If you buy your rod separately from your reel, take the equipment with you to the tackle store so you can test the balance and heft of the gear before you buy.
Step 3
Practice the Shotgun Stance by planting your right foot forward and pointed toward your casting target if right handed, or the left foot if you're left-handed..
Step 4
Place your other foot back and turned outward about 30 degrees so you are balanced and comfortable. Your feet should be spread shoulder width.
Step 5
Raise your rod overhead and swing it behind you so the rod is parallel to the beach or the water.
Step 6
Unlock the line and hold it with your finger to prepare for casting.
Step 7
Bend slightly at the knees.
Step 8
Get your target in sight as you turn the rod upward rapidly, pulling back on the lower grip as you push forward on the upper grip to leverage the rod's power.
Step 9
Release the line when your rod tip is pointed directly at your target.
Step 10
Practice casting in an open field using a sinker weight with a bobber attached so you can follow the trajectory of your cast.

Tips & Warnings

Use the power of the rod, rather than your own brute force, to increase casting distance while maintaining accuracy. A tremendous amount of energy transfers from the handles to the rod tip as you accelerate through the cast swing, bringing the rod up, over your head and pointing toward the target. Let the momentum of the rod whip the tip forward to increase the energy available to propel your lure.
Cast behind breaking waves, where baitfish congregate. Blasting a lure or baited rig directly into a roiling surf will accomplish nothing beyond the possibility of stripping your bait off the hook.
Be mindful of changing tides and the undertow if you wade into the surf to cast. Don't wade deeper than you are able to manage your equipment above the water.

Article Written By James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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