Tips to Increase Casting Distance with a Spinning Reel
Learning how to cast further with your spinning reel can considerably increase your chances of catching more fish.
The only problem is that properly casting a spinning reel takes a lot of practice on its own, so let alone increasing the casting distance.
It’s not impossible, however. With these tips, you’ll be able to cast like a pro in no time.
1. Hold the Reel Properly
The most common mistake that beginners make is holding their reel wrongly.
Learning how to hold a spinning reel correctly can add 20 or 30 yards more in terms of casting distance.
Make sure to hold your tool using your pinky and ring finger. This leaves your index finger free to use it as a brake and hold the line.
You should make sure the reel itself is facing the ground before you cast. And when you’re casting, the reel should be facing upward.
2. Use Braided Fishing Line
Using braided line maximizes your casting distance without compromising line strength.
But don’t just go for the heaviest pound test just because braided is smaller in diameter than mono. Heavier braided lines can still obstruct your reel’s casting distance.
A braided line of around 20 pounds hits the ideal combination between pound testing and casting.
3. Have Enough Line on Your Reel
Another common mistake is putting too much or too little line on your spinning reel. Your casting distance is bound to decrease in both scenarios.
To know the proper amount of line, just check the thin line around the spool –it indicates the recommended line capacity and applies to both mono and braided line.
You can experience a little with the test poundage of your fishing line to reach the size that works best for your fishing conditions when you’re more seasoned.
4. Choose the Correct Rod Length
Fishing rods come in all shapes and sizes. But when you’re looking for one with a high casting capability, go for a 7-foot or 7.5-foot rod.
Those couple of inches do make a difference in terms of the casting distance. But longer rods can be a little trickier to use in tighter areas or close quarters. In which case, a 7-foot rod would be a convenient choice.
5. Use Heavier Lures
Simply switching from a 1/8-ounce jig head to a ¼-ounce one can help you cast even further.
And not only does the weight of the lure affect the casting distance but the shape as well. You can use a 5-inch paddle tail swimbait or a jerk bait if you want the maximum reach.
6. Think Your Cast Through
Having too much or too little line hanging from your rod can negatively affect your casting distance. Around two feet or line is the best average to work with.
Letting too little line out before you cast takes away from the maximum advantage of your lure’s weight. Letting out the proper amount enables you to use the weight of the lure to bend the tip of the rod during back-swings.
And this motion gives you a harder load on the road, propelling the bait outward, and consequently giving you more casting distance.
7. Use a Good Casting Technique
There are many techniques to choose from when it comes to casting a spinning reel. This includes the side-arm cast, the flip cast, the skip cast, and more.
If your main concern is the cast distance, then you should opt for the overhead cast.
Besides being easy to learn, this technique gives you both the maximum casting distance and the most accurate aim.
8. Take the Wind Direction into Consideration
If you’re doing everything right but casting directly into the wind, you’re not going to get the maximum distance from your spinning reel.
That’s why you should make sure the wind is at your side or better yet your back.
But don’t get carried away and make sure that with the wind’s help, your lure won’t go way too far and get caught in bridges, docks, or mangroves.
Generally, spinning reels are the easiest type to learn fishing with. They’re also the easiest to use when you’re trying to hone various fishing skills such as reeling in, casting further, and aiming more precisely.
Once you have the basics down and know how to hold it correctly, you’ll be catching loads of fish effortlessly.