Any tricks for longer casting?

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  1. Keegan

    Keegan Bluegill

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    Today was my first time out fishing (other than once or twice with a friend growing up) and didn’t catch anything but some good time outside, but hey, that happens.

    My biggest shortcoming was casting length. I have a spinning set up and I was only able to get about 30 feet on the cast. It’s a medium action and I’m using 8lb braid, so that might be part of the issue (too lite a line). How much weight (split shot) should you put on line with just a hook and plastic that you don’t need to sink more than about 5ft? Also, Any just general tips for a beginner on getting good long casts? I’m all ears!

    Thanks!
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    troutspinner Trout

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    Trial and error with splitshot size. Start with whatever you have and see what happens and then increase or decrease from there. The more weight though the more chance you are going to have with snags. When it comes to casting, especially accuracy, practice practice practice!
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    8 lb should be fine. With spinning and baitcasting gear it's the weight of the terminal tackle that matters for casting. The line weight matters for strength not casting.

    With fly gear the terminal tackle is so light the line has to have weight.

    Do you have any tangles or knots? Check the line on the reel. Usually when my casts come up short or hang up it's a problem of some kind in the line still on the reel
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    Solitario lupo Bass

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    You going to have to mess around with your weights. For some nice long cast you can tie a jig on. Most of the time if it gets caught up on the bottom you can bounce it out. This will come, with the more you fish.
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    Thanks for the pointers! I’ll check again, but I don’t think I have any knots or tangles, I’ll try putting a jig on and see if I can get farther.
    Thanks again!
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    What type of rod reel is it? How long s the rod? What were u using (live bait or lure?)
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    I have an ugly stik gx2 6’6” spinning combo, and I was using a tiny spoon first and then a small hook with a plastic grub and a small split shot. Today I used a jig and had quite a bit better cast length but still would like to get better, I’ll keep practicing!
    Also, any tips to avoid snags? I know they’re kind of a fact of life in the fishing world, but are there some spots to avoid or techniques to help snag a little less? I lost quite a few hooks already.
    Thanks!
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    one thing I recommend is going on you tube and watching the proper way to spool line on your reel. Another this I do believe in is line conditioner. I know KVD has his name on everything, however the KVD line conditioner you get at BassPro is great. I put in on all my rods when putting new line on and I will hit them again with it every 2 or 3 weeks. When putting line on, periodically spray the line on spool before it is full. Spread it out more. If your rod flexes a lot like a buggy whip, it will not cast as far as say a 6'6" rod with medium action. If it is a 2 piece (nothing wrong with a 2 piece) you will lose some distance there as well. Don't worry so much about distance, work on accuracy and hitting your marks where you are casting!
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    Thanks for the advice, I’ll have to try line conditioner! Yes for sure, I can’t wait till spring so I can practice accuracy.
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    If possible, go with a 7 foot or better rod. There is a HUGE difference in casting between my Fenwick rods, 6.5 and 7 footers. Same rod make, model, power and action. Only difference is that extra 6 inches! I will gain easy 20+ yards per cast with same lure with the extra half foot.
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    I have always had casting issues with the ugly stix. They seem to be meant for bait fishing with a heavy weight or heavier lures. I only use my ugly stix for cat fishing and some sneakhead fishing where the junk is thick and i need a strong rod & heavy line. Now my wife has a small ugly stick ( like 5') with 8 lb braid and it will cast a mile. But it's got like no back bone, LOL More like a whip

    You'll more than likely have to use heavier lures if you want to get the ugly stick to cast farther out there.

    If i remember correct i got an Accurist @ walmart and it's one of my favorite spinning rods. But i put a small Penn battle reel on it. Like a 1500 or 2000 at the most for 8-12lb braid . I can cast this pretty far out there, Good enuff to keep me happy I also have some similar rods with a Diawa Sweepcast reel. And for a cheap reel, i beat the snot out of them and they work well . Same line 8-12 lb braid on a 6-6 or 7' rod . I don't invest too much in big dollar stuff as if and when i break one it don't make me as sick LOL

    Good Luck
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    Solitario lupo Bass

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    It's not the rod sure different and lengths of rod do play matter but even buying a bigger rod you still will have to learn that rod. Heck I hate braid cause sometimes it causes me to screw up to, on casts. It happens.Honestly your not trying to kill it on your cast. Best answer would be practice on accuracy and just and easy cast. You say 30 feet. That's plenty in my book. When I was younger I thought I had to go to deep water to catch fish now I literally catch fish pretty much below my feet. Just cause I know what to look for in the water. Even when I boat fish I'm more closer to shore then in the middle.
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