Are you looking forward to a fishing trip with your kids or have those little tricksters signed you up for one, without your consent? There is no need to be apprehensive. I will let you in on 9 weird tricks that will change your cast forever and improve your fishing techniques.
As the expedition draws closer, all you can think about is how do you change your fishing rod casting game.
- STEP 1- Pass the line through the eye of the hook and twist it five times.
- STEP 2- Fasten one sinker 6 to 12 inches above the hook
- STEP 3- Tie a casting plug to your spinning device or outfit
- STEP 4- Go fishing!
These are the basic processes. I have more in-depth tricks to teach you on fishing. Let’s throw in our net for more.
METHODS OF FISH CASTING
Your fishing device and the location of your fishing determine the methods you will use. These are methods that will help you fish wherever you find yourself.
This is one of the basic and simpler methods for beginners. The first step is to grip your rod like you are shaking hands with a friend. Then, reel in your lure till you have 12 to 24 inches free line. Pull the lure over your head until it points at your 10:00.
When you get to the end of your backswing, bring the rod forward quickly. Release the line at your 12:00 and gradually bring it to your 2:00 at the end of the cast. Try your best to keep the line horizontal and be precise in timing. The line should be tight always and create tight loops when you cast it back and forth. You can use this method in any body of water; big or small.
SIDE ARM CAST
This is another simple method of casting. It is so simple and basic that even children can do it. Don’t think it is so simple that it would not catch any fish. It will get the job done. Sidearm cast is great for windy conditions. The wind will help you throw your bait around. Place one hand over the reel seat and the other at the end of the rod.
Open the bail, drop the bait 6 to 8 inches from the top and grab the line with your index finger. Turn the bait around in a tight circle and release the line. The line should swing to the intended direction. If it doesn’t, repeat this process until you get it right and you catch some fish for dinner.
Start by tying a Palomar knot. Let me explain how a Palomar knot is tied, so you understand. Double six inches of line and pull it through the hook eye. Then, tie an overhand knot in the line which you just doubled. Let the hook droop. Tug the end of the loop downwards and pass it over the hook. Wet both ends of the line, pull and trim them.
After that, double the line about 12 to 30 inches. Pass the end of the loop through the hook and tighten the knot. Place the end of your tag through the eye of the hook. Fasten a small weight to the end of the line, giving some distance from the hook and tag. Hook your bait and you are ready to fish.
I have another tip for you. It is called spin casting. Rotate the reel crank clockwise till the lure is 1 foot away from the end of the rod. Reel in your line till your lure is 12 inches from the rod tip. Place your thumb below the reel button. Then, put your index finger around the trigger-like ridge below. With your thumb, press and hold the button behind the reel. If the line flies more than 2 to 3 inches away from you, repeat the process till you get it right.
After that, raise your casting arm upwards, in front of your face. Thrust your rod forward, away from your face to what we call the 10:00. Make your casting smooth for accuracy. Release the reel button to move your bait forward and unwind the line. Press the reel button again, to slow down the movement of your bait and let it drift to where you want it to land.
Spinning reels are cast with one hand and reeled in with the other. So, grab the rod with your dominant hand. Place your index and middle finger against the projection on the reel, while your ring and little fingers are below. Turn the reel clockwise until your bait is 12 inches high. Hook your forefinger over the line and pull it towards your rod. Rotate the reel bail so the coil is parallel with the rod. Hold on to the line with your finger.
Open the reel bail. With both hands, pull the rod backwards, over your casting shoulder. Thrust the rod in front of yourself, while releasing the line. Try to be precise on timing. Letting go too soon would make your bait go upwards. If you release late, the bait will go straight down into the water and you wouldn’t want that.
FISH FLYING TACKLE
Stand firmly when you are about fishing because you have to pull out a living creature from its home and no homebody leaves his home willingly. Well, for fish flying tackle you have to sink in your weight. Hold the rod at waist level, using your dominant hand. Face the reel downwards and place your thumb above the handle.
Flip the tip of the rod backwards with your forearm. Lift the tip of the rod 6 inches. Keep the rod in a horizontal position. After the line has straightened out, tap the tip of the rod so that your casting hand is in front of you. Turn your wrist quickly and your bait would sail out to the desired area. Lower the tip of the rod in front of you, so that the line flaps to the surface of the water.
Another of my fishing tricks is pitching. Pitching is one of my favorite fishing tips. I start by holding the rod vertically and releasing enough line, so my bait comes down to the reel. I press and hold the reel button while keeping the spool steady.
I hold the bait in place with my other hand. Then I put the tip of the rod down, pull back my bait and keep the line firm at the same time. I raise the tip of the rod in one swift movement and let go of the bait in my other hand. The bait usually goes wherever the rod tip is pointed. In order to control the distance of the line along with the bait, I slow down the line with my thumb.
Flipping is great for shallow docks, tule lines, flooded bushes, overhanging branches, undercut banks and laydowns. It is a bit similar to pitching. Flipping is faster than pitching and covers a shorter range. This is the limit to where their similarities end. The first thing you should do is release a lot of line, letting it slack.
The length of the line released should be estimated to the distance of your target. Place your thumb on the spool and keep it firmly in one position. Swing your bait and let it go out into the water with the slacked line. Let your thumb remain on the spool. Shake the line for a few seconds and then withdraw the slack line. Repeat the same process in another spot till you make a catch.
Take a firm stance so your alignment is not distorted. A newbie should set the resistance wheel to 9. When you gain some experience, you can adjust the resistance wheel to 8 and below. Baitcasting rods can be a tad complex, so it’s best you have a professional adjust the wheel for you before you set out. Reel the bait about 12 inches from the tip of the rod. Turn it clockwise to shorten the line and vice versa.
Then, press the reel button to release the spool. Keep your thumb on the spool wheel, to stop the spool from unwinding. Raise your casting rod upwards to the back of your shoulder. Swing the rod forward and release your thumb simultaneously. Keep your rod pointed in front at your 10:00. Press the spool lightly to slow it down before it reaches the water.
What is the first method of casting for beginners?
The first method for beginners should be the easiest. That is the overhead cast. The process in doing the overhead cast is not complicated, therefore it is easy for beginners to quickly understand and practice.
Which method of casting is the most difficult?
I would say spinning tackle is the most difficult method, especially for a rookie. It requires precision and has multi actions to be done with each hand. It requires a lot of attention and focus. It makes fishing for leisure turn into a chore. I laugh, each time I remember my first fishing trip. It was not what I hoped for at all. I began the day in high spirits, expecting to return with a large catch. Unfortunately, I did not catch even one fish, that day. I wish someone had taught me a few tricks to make my experience pleasant.