Casting for Success

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Ontario Casting

You've mastered your lure colours and selection, your equipment and are quite comfortable with
your overall angling performance. Overlooked by many seasoned anglers as well as the novice is
the simple art of casting. Sure you've done it a million times and you're steadfast in your
technique but understanding the important components of the cast can greatly increase the
effectiveness of your lures in the water.

I know this may sound like basic stuff but even before tossing your first cast of the day a few
items should be checked. Is your reel would properly with a good amount of line? Is your reel
overspooled with too much line? If you are using a braid or superline is does your reel have a
good amount of mono backing on the spool to prevent line slipping? Once you are confident that
these conditions are met then it's time to check the drag on your reel. Is your drag set to loose
or to tight? Is there enough resistance to guarantee a proper hookset?

If you use a baitcasting reelmake sure to check the cast control knob. This is a crucial check for
these types of reels as this function is in charge of the amount of tension placed on the line when
you cast. If this setting is too tight it will affect the distance of your casts and if set too loose
it will cause backlashing.

Is your line on your reel wound tight and not overspooled? A quick fix for respooling loosely
wound reels is to let all your line out behind the boat slowly as you move with a good sized lure
attached. Recover the line slowly while moving and keep a contstant tension on the line as you do.

Many a cast is wasted due to improper lure selection when fishing weeds. Everyone knows the challenges when fishing heavy cover and the limitations it provides. Casting the proper lures into these area and working them they way they were designed to work will increase the time your bait gets infront of a fish. Always think ahead and mentally calculate your next cast and your route of retrieval.

Become aware of your surrounding and pay close attention to the structure and conditions that you are fishing in. Know your lures and practise working them to their utmost effectiveness. Having a bait that performs well and one that doesn't can make the difference landing that trophy Ontario fish or going home empty handed.

Casting is a technique that is learned on an individual basis. Accuracy, speed, distance and control
are all mastered over time. Applying your casting techniques with other factors sure as lure knowledge, actions, surroundings and conditions will greatly improve your angling cast by cast.

 

This article was written by the
contributing staff of OFT and its
group of amateur and pro Ontario anglers.

Copyright 2007. Ontario Fish Trips .

 
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