Fishing can be a fantastic way to take a break, enjoy the great outdoors and unwind. It might not be as relaxing, however, if you’re having casting issues! When learning to fish, many people teach themselves how to cast off, so technique and ability can vary wildly between people. At The Insurance Emporium, we want you to make the most of your fishing adventures! That’s why we’ve put together these top tips for casting off!
Although good technique will get you further than expensive, specialist equipment, it’s still important to have the right gear! The quality of your fishing line could be one of the most important factors affecting your casting. A lighter line might be less susceptible to windy weather, but with a line that’s too light, you could risk break-offs. It’s similar with rods, too. Too light a rod won’t be able to propel the bait a long distance, while too heavy a rod won’t load properly and will come up short.
Timing is key to a good cast! Knowing when to release the line from your index finger could mean the difference between a great cast or a mediocre one! You’ll want to make sure the line is tight at all times. If it goes straight up, you’ve probably released too early. If the lure heads down towards your feet, you might have released too late. Try pointing your index finger straight towards your target as your line extends to help you hit your target!
You don’t always have to cast as hard as possible for the best results. In fact, this can throw off your technique, leading to a cast that misses the mark. Focusing on the movement itself can yield better results than trying to cast as hard and fast as possible. Developing a smoother cast can make your spool spin longer and smoother, leading you to cast off further.
Once you’ve mastered the technique, try putting your body weight into the cast for more power! Much like throwing a ball, your body weight should come through first, with your arms following afterwards. Move your body weight from your back foot to your front before bringing your arms into the movement to add more power to your cast while keeping the movement smooth. Getting into a better position before starting can make a difficult cast a little easier too, helping you to avoid any obstacles, like water currents or low-hanging branches that might affect your cast.
The main way to improve your cast is to practise! Try rehearsing the movement without a rod first. This could help you get the motion down more easily, before adding in the rod when you’ve perfected your casting movement! You don’t need to practise on the water, either. Practising your casting on a field using targets can help to show you where you’re missing the mark. Aiming for targets could go a long way in improving your accuracy!
We hope these tips have helped you improve your cast! If you’re an angler, regularly casting your line, you might want to think about insuring your fishing equipment. At The Insurance Emporium, our Fishing Insurance includes cover for Loss, Theft Or Accidental Damage up to £15,000.* You could even get up to 30% discount on your policy!^ Cast your line down to The Insurance Emporium to find out more.
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^ The 30% discount is made up of 25% Introductory Discount plus 5% Over 60’s Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
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