Everyone that fishes wants to be able to cast a far distance and there are ways in which you can do that. Before you can learn how to make your fishing pole cast further, there are some factors that can affect the casting distance you need to consider. You need to consider the action of the rod, the line size, length of the rod, and more. You also need to look at the sinker or lure weight. Once all of these are figured out, you will be able to make your fishing pole cast further. Practice makes perfect so the more time you spend fishing, the better you will get at casting.
Factors That Affect Casting Distance
Action of the Rod
One way to look at this is to compare it to a slingshot. When you pulled back on the rubber on a slingshot, the harder you pulled, or loaded it, the farther it would shoot. This is the same for a fishing pole. The more you cause it to load, or pull back, the farther you can launch the bait on the pole with the recoil. When the pole has a heavy action and power, it will not bend as much so it will not pull back that far. If it has medium power or moderate action, it will pull back more. On the other hand, if it does not have enough power and too light an action, the lure will become overpowering. With enough force, it could cause you to break a rod blank. To maximize your cast, make sure you have medium power and moderate action.
Length of the Rod
It is obvious that you will get a longer cast with a longer pole if the power and action are the same. For example, if your pole is seven feet it will naturally cast the lure longer than a pole that is six feet. If the lure is light it can be a bit more manageable on a shorter softer pole than a longer pole. An eight-foot pole can launch a ½ or ¾ lure fast.
Not only does weight play a part in how far you can cast but also the material and coating. If you have a 20-pound fluorocarbon line, it will not cast as far as a 30-pound braided line.
If your line is thick and heavy it will not cast as well as a line that is lighter and thinner. For example, a 10-pound line can throw a lure a lot farther than a 20-pound line. There will be less drag on the line in the air and the guides. If the line is light, the force of the recoil and weight of the lure can pull the line off the reel easier, letting you cast farther.
Lure Size or Shape
The more aerodynamic the lure is, the further it will cast. If you have a bulky lure like a large spinnerbait with skirt, blades, and a flapping trailer, you will have a shorter cast. How much shorter will depend on the resistance in the air and how much the lure hangs up.
Although this may sound weird but you can cast a ½ ounce weight lure further than a 1/8 ounce lure even though it weighs lighter. The reason is that the heavier the lure, the further you can cast with it. If it is too light the wind can throw it off so it does not go as far.
Generally, when casting the wind is not your friend when you are trying to achieve maximum distance. If you are casting with the wind to your back, it can be your friend in this case because it can help to sail your bait ever farther. On the other hand, if you turn and throw into the wind, it will catch your bait and cause more drag on your line so your cast is shortened.
One factor is how much line you have on your reel or spool, especially if you have a spinning reel. If you have a full reel it will let the line peel off unhindered so you can get a good cast but if the reel is only partially full you will be only able to cast as far as there is line so the cast may be short.
Another thing to consider is the quality and age of the line that you are using. If you have a cheap line that has been on the reel for a long time then it could have a lot of memory. What this means is that some of it has spent a lot of time coiled up on your reel unused so eventually it will retain that shape and become nothing more than a 50-meter slinky when you try to cast it. You do not want your line to act like that and cost you distance when trying to cast.
When you are fishing in a large pond or reservoir you may need to cast far into the distance so make sure that you have lures that are at least ¼ ounce in weight. Use a lightweight lure when you have to cast far.
Lures That Can Help Cast Further
- Lucky Craft Pointer SP
- Yo-Zuri Mag Minnow Lures
- Rapala Husky Jerk
- Dynamic Lures HD Trout
- Luck-E-Strike Rick Clunn RC Jerkbait
- Spro McStick
The reason that these lures can cast far is because of their shapes, weight, and sizes of the hook relative to the bait. Yes, a hook size can affect how far you can cast your lure. Fishing spoons cast the furthest but plastic jerkbait cannot cast very far.
Once you look at all these factors and make the adjustments you need, you should be able to make your fishing pole cast farther. One thing to remember is that being able to cast far does not always mean catching more fish but it does enable you to get farther out into the water where more fish might be hiding.