June 2020

Tips on Teaching Your Kids to Cast

My kid is by no means an expert when it comes to casting, but we have worked together and now he can cast a baitcasting reel. It may seem intimidating to some children at the beginning, but I’m going to give you some quick tips to help you help your child cast further or even just cast without backlashing the reel.

Hey everyone, Andrew Upshaw here, and I want to help you teach your kids how to cast.

My kid is by no means an expert when it comes to casting, but we have worked together and now he can cast a baitcasting reel.

It may seem intimidating to some children at the beginning, but I’m going to give you some quick tips to help you help your child cast further or even just cast without backlashing the reel.

Rod & Reel

First thing we do is put together a rod-reel combo that is appealing your kid. I have a Lew’s Mach Smash, 7:5-1 gear ratio, which is not a very expensive reel. It’s important to keep your kids engaged so I went ahead and chose the bright red colored reel simply because my son likes the look. It’s eye appealing, and at least makes him want to hold the rod.

The rod is a 5-foot 9-inch, medium/heavy, with a short handle. The best part is you can throw a lot of different things with this like a spinnerbait, Thunder Cricket, and all kinds of cool things that keep him excited.

Line & Spool

I have on 15lb Strike King Tour Grade Fluorocarbon. The most important part of this is to keep the spool half-full and have on a heavier bait. I like to attach a 3/8-ounce spinnerbait; something they can throw a long way. Spinnerbaits tend to be a good option because it casts far yet does not get hung up very often. I can’t stress enough, fill the spool half way with line!

Resistance

I remember when I was learning to fish, I couldn’t cast very well because of the equipment I had and I didn’t know to keep my thumb on the line when casting.

Luckily, Lew’s has made this a very simple fix. All you have to do is take the magnetic fine tuner on the left side and turn it all the way down, then fully tighten the cast control knob on the right side.

The goal is to not have the line peel out when the button is pressed. This eliminates having to hold your thumb on the line. If the line still peels out when holding the rod up, tighten the cast control on the right side. This allows the kid to press the button down and then make the cast. Even if it's 10 or 20 feet, they won’t backlash the reel. This is what makes it so effective and easy for the kids to learn cast without the pain backlash.

Lew’s has stolen the show in making products that help teach kids how to cast within 20 to 30 minutes. I taught my son how to effectively cast within 20 minutes and I know you can do the same with your child.

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