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« on: July 19, 2013, 11:34:08 AM »

Line type, line quality, rod length,
rod construction, casting method
and rig aerodynamics all make
their mark on the flight of a cast.
In order to get a better
understanding of ways to
improve the distance obtained
when casting this article looks at
a few points to help get on the
right track.
Let's start with the line. The
diameter of line being used will
always influence the distance of
a cast. Imagine tying a small rock
to a coil of rope and throwing it
as far as you could and then
tying the same rock to a spool of
fishing line, throwing that, and
comparing the distance between
the two. You would find the
distance of the rock tied to the
rope to be dramatically shorter
than that to the fishing line.
Why is this? Firstly the further the
rock travels from the coil (ie the
reel) the more rope it starts to
tow. This means the further it
goes the more weight it has to
carry. The weight then starts to
slow the momentum of the rock
eventually stopping it. Thick line
diameters can have this impact
on casting distances.
Another attribute of thinner line
is its reduced surface area which
lowers the amount of friction
generated as line runs through
the inside of the guides after a
cast. Further to that thin line will
catch less breeze which again
diminishes any barriers to your
sinker getting as much distance
as it can. Think of a fat man and
a thin man standing on a jetty in
a storm and compare the
amount of wind the large bloke
catches as opposed to the thin
bloke. That's the science behind
it.
While some monofilament lines
have different diameters
between products, braided lines
are the number one way of
reducing the diameter of the line
you are using. Take two Ajiking
products both with a breaking
strain of 40lb for example.
Ajiking Super Sinking Braid has a
diameter of around 0.28mm
whereas Ajiking ProMax
monofilament line has a diameter
of 0.37mm - this is a significant
increase in the size of the line for
what is effectively the same
breaking strength.
Ajiking Sinking Braid -
40lb, .28mm diameter
Ajiking ProMax Mono -
40lb, .37mm diameter
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013, 11:37:38 AM »

Be aware that not everyone likes
using braid for beach fishing - its
lack of stretch, ability to cut
fingers when being casting
frequently or increased tendency
to tangle are some of the
reasons why - but these are the
things to weigh up when
deciding what to spool up with.
Spinning reels that come with
two spools offer the ability to try
one of each.
There are two other line-related
issues that will impact your
casting distance. The first is no
different whether you have braid
or mono and relates to the
amount of line on your spool,
particularly when using a
spinning reel. A full spool allows
line to peel off unhindered by
any friction or obstruction
caused by the lip of the spool.
This can have a significant effect
on the distance you will get, so if
you have a half full reel think
about topping it back up and
you'll notice an immediate
difference.
The second is the age and quality
of the line you are using,
particularly if it is a monofilament
line. Cheap line often has a lot of
memory, this means that if it
spends too much time coiled up
unused on your spool it retains
that shape effectively turning it
into a 50 metre slinky when you
cast it. Even though everyone
loves a slinky it's not the way you
want your line to behave when
out fishing and robbing you of
distance is one of a host of
negative effects it brings.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013, 11:40:31 AM »

Beach fishing is one area
effective casting distances can be
crucial
Casting style is also an area
which can limit your range. A
beginner to beach fishing or
someone with little experience
casting can easily miss timing the
release of the line or fail to use
the rod to maximum effect. There
are a large range of casting styles
and as always with fishing it's
horses for courses - what works
for my neighbour probably
doesn't work for me. There are
some basic principles to keep in
mind though.
Firstly, before you cast don't let
too much line hang out from the
tip of the rod. The right length
will vary according to the rig, rod
length and casting style you use,
but as a basic guide try for
around one quarter of the rod
length. Limiting this length will
allow the momentum of your
cast to kick in sooner meaning
you will get more distance out of
the effort you are putting into
the cast.
Secondly, try to use the action of
the rod to assist your cast. If you
are casting correctly, as you go
through the motion of the cast
you will feel the rod begin to
tense under the load being put
on it. That pent up energy will
then transfer through the line
into your sinker when the
motion of the cast suddenly
stops and you take your finger
off the line and let the weight
head to the horizon. If you find
you can't feel that tension eat a
few more Weetbix before you
head out and try putting some
more energy into your cast. It
may be that you are performing
more of a lob than a cast and not
loading the rod up as much as
you should.
Thirdly, get the timing of your
release right. Aim to stop your
cast a little past vertical because
it's at this point that the tension
of your rod is at its greatest and
releasing the line then will get a
greater result. If you release too
early the sinker will go higher
than it will further, if you release
too late the sinker will go low
and gravity will push it down
quicker.
So these are a few factors that
may offer a starting point for
getting more distance out of
your casts. Keep in mind that
distance doesn't necessarily
equal bigger and / or better fish -
reading a beach correctly and
placing your bait or lure in the
right spot is one aspect that will
have a large influence on this -
but there are times when
distance is needed and casting
ability is one area that all land-
based fishermen need in their
arsenal.
Written by Ben Derecki
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013, 11:45:31 AM »

 We love R&S I luf R&S now i did a posting in every Topic yipeeee .....wonder if i should continue on this Topic of casting Distances cause ive found lotsa good pointers nogal mmmm...have to wait and see if my baas give me the go ahead  JD
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