The Tip of the Week Presented by Jackson Kayak
Cast More Accurately, Catch More Fish
By Eric Jackson
We all get a feel for where the fish are and often they are in, under and around structure. The further you land your lure from the fish, the lower your chances of catching them.
Short casts that fall five feet from the target rarely produce a strike. Long casts that land in trees and get stuck rarely catch fish. They usually end up spooking them.
Landing your casts in the target zone, exactly where you want them, catches the most fish. Pick the right lure, fish the right locations, but casting accurately is at least as important as lure choice, setting the hook, etc...
Casting should be viewed as an athletic feat, like pitching to a batter on a baseball team. Practice, and expect to land each throw where you want it. Learn to adjust for lure type, weight, line weight, wind conditions, and distance.
Baitcasting rods are easier to cast consistently than spinning rods, but take more skill to use. Casting weights in your back yard at targets before you go fishing will assure that you are better prepared and will catch more fish.
The goal: Always land within 12 inches of your target or closer. Reality: Work towards that every day and have more fun both measuring your accuracy on every cast, and your fish when you catch them!
Tips for improving accuracy and eliminating backlashes:
Throw heavier lures with less wind resistance while practicing. For example, a full size Zara Spook is easier to cast accurately than a buzzbait example.
Use a harder than needed cast, but smooth acceleration. When you throw further than necessary, you can slow the spool down with your thumb, preventing backlash and dropping the lure where you want it.
Learn to skip your lure under brush. While some lures skip better than others, most will go one to five feet past the initial landing spot if you throw it hard and low. This allows you to get under over-hanging branches, and into little pockets where the fish can be found.
Go get your casting game on and catch more fish!
Eric Jackson’s bio is littered with whitewater world championships and other glittery honors, but the man does more than paddle on rivers. He fishes, both freshwater and salt. ‘EJ’ is the president of Jackson Kayak, and also a factory fishing team member.