If you are looking for a sport that is with nature and quiet, fishing is the choice. It is the activity that is not only about catching fish, but it also requires a lot of patience. You will have to wait for the fish to bite to your bait and then you will try to successfully pull it which at times takes luck. For you to have the bigger chances of success, you should know the proper procedure. From properly tying the hook on the line to having the right bait and of course, to cast a rod which is one of the crucial parts.
What is casting a rod and how is it crucial? It is the motion that you use to launch your lure or bait into the water where you want it to go using your fishing rod. It is crucial because a good technique for casting will at times determine a good catch. A good casting will take your rod far deeper where bigger fishes usually swim.
Before you cast, there are some things you need to do and learn. First will be how you will properly hold and grip your rod. Always have it in your stronger hand. Have the reel oriented so the it hangs down from the rod and grip it such that the base of the reel where it meets the rod rests comfortably between your fingers. If it is more comfortable for you to have them placed with your particular fingers, you could do that. Reel in your line or let some out as needed so that there is about a foot of length between your hook and the rod tip. Crank the reel slowly until the line winder is inline with your index finger, then use your index finger to hook around the line and hold it against the rod.
Now it is time for casting. Here are the steps you will need to follow:
- Identify where you would throw the line.
- After identifying it, it is time to cast it there. Bring the rod upright so that it is in line with your body.
- Gently lower the rod backwards and look where you want to cast your line.
- When you get all the way back, swing the rod forward, trying to maintain some of the momentum. You should feel the rod flexing a bit if you’re doing it right.
- As the rod tip comes over your should release the line from your index finger.
- In doing all these things, timing is the key. If you cast and the line goes up directly into the air, then you almost certainly let go with your index finger too soo. On the other hand, if the lure ends up at your feet then you probably released too late. A good way to make sure your timing is right is to swing the fishing rod forward and as your casting arm reaches out, and point your pointer finger straight towards your target. This typically results in the line releasing at just the right moment.
- Proper control is also significant, and the key to this is to properly grip the rod. It is said that the strength should be the same as giving a firm handshake.