The “Perfect” Cast

Don’t you hate it when you line up that perfect cast at some structure, when you’ve got the boat positioned, you get the timing in the wind gusts right and you’re ready to go but once you launch your cast, you end up messing it up in some way or another.

The stress or anxiety when the “perfect” cast presents itself causes the yips, which in itself is it’s own challenge but as an angler who loves the challenge of fishing structure and with “average at best” casting ability, wayward casts are often wasteful casts. Not only does it reduce the chance of hooking the fish due to the distance from the strike zone, it can also mean the fish are spooked and scared off that snag or structure altogether.

The wide cast leaves the best opportunity to “recover” the snag and have another go.  If the cast is wide enough, it will have little impact on any fish holding on or around the structure but if the fish are flighty enough, it can set them off.parallel realities 001

The foul up would be my next scenario that frustrates me, this is often made worse when you make the perfect cast but at the first crank of the reel handle, you realise something is wrong.  If you can’t see the lure, you’ll feel something wrong and it’s a good indicator that you’ve fouled up or collected some unwanted passenger, like a leaves or rubbish on your lure.

The worst possible scenario for me would definitely have to be the cast that gets hung up on the structure.  When this happens there are one of two options, either lose the lure or lose any fish that are anywhere near the structure, as you try to retrieve it. The Yips...

So what do I do when all of this happens?  I try and keep the lure out of the water by trying to lift and drag the lure through the air by flicking it up and out of the way.  If it gets caught up over some rope or branches or virtually anything else, the trick is to try and gently pull the lure over the structure without setting the hook points into the structure.  As soon as you bury those hook points past the barbs, you can be guaranteed that you’ll spend a fair bit of time trying to pry them out and possibly even replacing the trebles.

Here is my disclaimer, if you cast a lure onto someone else’s property, you need to make a judgement call as to whether you leave it behind or try and remove it.  If you try and remove it, do it for the reason that someone could hurt themselves on your hook points but also do it with utmost caution, ensuring you don’t damage their property.  Better still, if they’re around, ask their permission to enter their property.  If they aren’t too happy, just remember, it was your bad cast in the first place.

One response to “The “Perfect” Cast

  1. It sounds like the old 3Ps rule is missing. I’ve seen the light and have only used Fly gear in the past 5 years. Initially that was a challenge so one went to the park especially on windy days and practiced. Why? Because I was off to Kiritimati (Christmas Island), the one 1,200 ks south of Hawaii and there is always wind there. Wind you say. On two days it was so strong all you had to do was hold your rod up over your head with the fly at 40 ft and the rod would be loaded and line floating back in the wind in the horizontal.

    Now on to lures. I used my first over head reel 51 years ago. At least it was right hand wind, most of the eagbeaters were left hand wind as that was the way it was in those days. The only way to be any good with this was to practice so I practiced and practiced and practiced etc until I thought I was proficient enough to do what I wanted to do with that outfit.

    And that’s how it’s been for 50 years. For the Bass. In the backyard with the favoured outfit loaded with a 7gm or 10gm plug and consistently put the plug into 2 litre buckets placed randomly at distances from 7 to 15 metres. For the Barra it’s just a bigger outfit with bigger plugs. For the Bream it’s a light spin outfit with a small plug.

    Stand or sit under a tree and do backhand and forehand casts into the buckets.

    Easy peasy after the first 20,000 casts.

    The one thing to remember is you must continue to practice.

    I’m off to Kiritimati in a couple of weeks time and guess what I’m down the park must days with an 8wt or 10wt casting into the wind and putting the fly into a 600mm hoop at distances from 30 to 60 ft. Yes we still have to put up with the Yanks and Poms with feet in the Fly business.

    So remember the 3Es, the 3Ps and the 7Ps

    That is:
    3Es = find the most Efficient, Effective, Economic method of doing everything;
    3Ps = Practice, Practice & Practice
    7Ps = Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

    BM

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