When it comes to casting a fishing rod most beginners overthink the process. But honestly, I think casting a fishing rod can be done in a simple five-step process.
If done correctly and repetitively over time casting we’ll become second nature. This process we’ll help lay down the foundation before using advanced techniques required for lure fishing.
These steps also instruct on the use of a spinning rod and reel which is the most common throughout the fishing world.
Step 1 – Setting up to cast
Before casting we’ll set our selves up by having a secure grip onto the rod. We’ll then hook the line with our pointer finger to form a trigger and unlatch the bail arm.
Step 2 – Check your surroundings
Before casting face the direction you want to cast towards. While holding onto the line check your surroundings for any anglers or objects that can get in the way.
Step 3 – The cast
Once everything and everyone is clear and you have enough space. We’ll then position the rod just past a 90-degree angle from your body. From this point, we’ll swing the rod towards the direction you want to cast towards and let go of the line from your pointer finger.
Step 4 – Tighten your line
Once the rig has dropped into the water and sunk to the bottom. We’ll then fold down the bail arm and tighten the line until you feel the tension. Keep your line tight and feel for any bites.
Step 5 – Setting the hook
Once you start getting bites to strike the rod swiftly lift the rod up and hook the fish. Once the fish has been hooked, reel in the fish at a steady pace and keep the line tight to avoid de-hooking the fish.
Well done, as simple as that you’ve made your first cast and hopefully landed a fish.