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Tips for casting farther? (Saltwater)

10/22/19 @ 5:50 AM
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ManolGomes
User since 10/22/19

Any tips or tricks you guys could give me to help cast farther would be extremely appreciated. lol. It is so frustrating casting 20 yards, when everyone else around me is able to cast 40yds+ with ease. Sometimes it isn't that big of a deal because the fish are biting closer, other times they are 30yds+ out and I am unable to reach them from shore. I primarily fish around bridges & beaches.UC Browser


Setup:

7' Ugly Stick GX2 Med-Heavy SHAREit

Penn Battle(OG) 4000 Appvn

15lb braid (KastKing)

20/30lb fluoro leader

soft plastics w/ a 1/4oz to 3/8oz jig heads or live/cut bait w/ up to a 1oz sinker

Thanks

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10/31/19 @ 1:11 PM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
User since 12/22/04

my surf casting rod is 10'6", longer rods will bomb further.   You may also want to consider the knots you are using to connect braid to fluorocarbon, some larger knots can decrease casting distance significantly as they go through guides.  My preference with longer rod is to not even have leader go in the guides when casting. This would be especially true with 30lb fluorocarbon. 

10/22/19 @ 7:32 AM
Grey Beard
User since 1/27/02

There are a number of videos you would find informative on the Salt Strong site and here is a link to one. 

https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/how-to-cast-a-spinning-reel-farther/ 

To get more distance I increased my rod length to 7' 6" medium Temple Forks and same in an Okuma. I dropped down to 10# Suffix 832 and use the same size fluoro as you joning the lines with the FG knot. A bit fussy to tie but almost no bump going thru the guides.

https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/temple-fork-outfitters-gis-series-spinning-rod-review/ 

https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/how-to-tie-the-fg-knot/ 


I fished out of Ft Myers in the winter for 5 yrs and until last yr Pine Island sound until red tide kill off. Now learning 10K islands. I target mostly trout but hope for snook and reds along the mangroves. The above setup has landed 3 snook over 34".

Good luck,

Grey Beard



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