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How to Cast a Fishing Rod: Ultimate Guide For Beginners

Casting a rod is one of the basic skills you need to learn in fishing. It is a skill learned through constant practice. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, spending some time practising can make you a better angler.

Although the basics can be as simple as timing the release of your lure with the swing of your fishing rod, each type of rod comes with its own unique design elements and mechanisms, which can change the way you cast.

To help you get the hang of casting and put you on the right path, we’ve put together a quick guide on the different casting techniques based on the type of rod you have.

Basic Steps In Casting A Rod

Step 1: Hold your DAIWA fishing rod at waist level horizontally. Wind in the line until you have about 30-50 cm of line out from the rod tip.

Step 2: Hold the rod, placing your fingers in between the reel foot. Then bring the line roller directly under the rod.

Step 3: Hold the fishing line against the rod using your index finger. Keep holding the line then open the bail arm.

Step 4: Once done, make sure that the area is clear and no one is behind you then bring the rod back to a 2 o'clock position.

Step 5: Ensure that the line is not tangled around the rod tip. Next, cast the DAIWA fishing rod by bringing it in a smooth forward movement, releasing the line at a 10 o'clock position.

How to Cast a Surf and Beach Rod

Surf rods are designed specifically for surf fishing. They are the longest of the rod types and can range 4 to 5 metres long. Surf rods are used from the shore to cast extremely long distances. They can reach past the breaking waves to where the fish like to feed. The advantage of this type of rod is that you can break the rod into multiple pieces to transport them easily. Here’s how to cast a surf rod properly.

How To Cast A Spin Rod

Spinning rods come in various lengths and actions for catching a variety of fish. Spinning reels allow you to cast lighter lures and make longer casts. If you're eyeing a Trout or Bream, you can use shorter ultralight or light action spinning rods with a thin line. However, bigger fish require medium to heavy action 6 to 7 foot rods. If you’re new to using this type of rod, DAIWA provides a good explanation on casting a spin rod.

How to Cast a Baitcaster

Baitcast rods are used together with baitcasting reels and they are ideal fishing rods for increasing the casting distance as well as your overall control on the line and hook. Baitcasting reels are great for powerful and accurate casting, and allow you to slow the lure down ensuring it falls into the water without alarming fish close by. DAIWA shows you how to cast this type of rod in this blog.

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