How to Get the Longest Cast Possible

If you’re not doing the right things, you won’t get the most out of your reel, even if it’s the best baitcaster available.

I have some tips for making the longest cast. I like to use the Lew’s BB1 Pro, in my experience the longest casting reel in the industry. 

Loose Drag

You often hear people who say that when you drop your lure, it should be a slow descent. Mine is not. I want it loose, looser than most. And if you’re patient and learn this technique, you’ll be able to keep it loose.

Thumb Bar

One of the things I don’t like to do is make a cast and take my thumb completely off the thumb bar. I’m always feathering it, especially early on in the cast. Once the lure has its momentum, I let off a little moreor almost completely. This is will take some trial and error for you to figure out when to feather and when to relieve the pressure on the thumb bar.

Hip and Shoulder Movement

I played college baseball and used to love it, but something I learned while doing that applies to fishing as well. The power of a swing, whether with a bat or a rod, is in your hips. When you turn your hips, that’s when you’ll make good contact with the ball, keeping your elbows in and keeping everything tight when you swing the bat. Let your hips provide the power.

The same thing applies when you’re making a cast. I keep my elbows in tight, and everything is about rotating my shoulders and my hips. If you’re going to make long casts and be successful with a deep-diving crankbait, you have to use your body effectively. Practice, practice, practice!


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