Casting distance is something many of us take for granted. We swing that rod just as hard as we can, watch the lure fly, and see how far it goes. But with a little advanced planning and attention, you can extend your maximum casting range. Here are a few things we might not normally think about, which can give your next throw a boost.
- Line capacity – If your spool isn’t filled to capacity, you’re losing casting distance. This goes for both spinning reels and conventionals. On a spinning reel, less line means there’s more spool lip creating friction as the line spills off. And on a conventional, the smaller effective diameter of a partially-filled spool means it has to rotate more times in order to release the same amount of line. So make sure that when you break off some line or a big tangle causes you to cut a bunch out, you replace that line asap.
- Rod Length – Many of us prefer shorter rods for a number of reasons: they’re easier to stow, easier to transport, and less likely to clip a T-top when casting from a boat. But that six-footer will throw substantially shorter distances than a seven-footer. Yes, there are other considerations that may affect your decision, but if you want to maximize casting distance, longer rods simply work better.
- Lure Choice – Obviously, heavier lures can be heaved over longer distances. But going beyond that, lures that are denser will fly farther. A hollow topwater plug, for example, won’t sail nearly as far as a lead spoon of exactly the same size. No, this won’t dictate the lure choices you make at all times, but once again, if maximizing casting distance is the goal then consider lure choice carefully.
- Boat Positioning – This matters mostly because of the wind. Casting into the wind versus casting with it can make a huge difference, especially with relatively light lures.
- Casting Style – When the wind’s behind you, casting up and making a high arc (so the wind can grab your lure and line and help them along), will have a huge effect. Conversely, when casting into the wind try to keep your lure low to the water to maximize casting distance.