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!