How to cast further

Steve Ringer shares his tips for casting when feeder fishing

How to cast further

by Angling Times |

I know many people might see me fishing places like Boddington Reservoir, when casting 90m and beyond is important, and think: ‘Well, I’ll never do that where I fish.’

That’s true, but even if you fish a lake where the fish are caught at a more leisurely 40m, there’ll come a time when you need to be able to cast further than that.

Normally that’s in winter, when the fish can back off in clear water and if you can’t follow them out, you’ll stop catching! Being able to put another 10 or 20 yards on your cast is a handy weapon to have in the armoury, but it’s not as simple as it seems.

Using a heavier feeder will help, but it’s not always down to the tackle you’re using. Getting the casting mechanics right is the starting point, and that means not being afraid to really compress the rod on the cast.

Length of drop is another factor, and even something as simple as standing up behind your box to get more leverage can add yards.

There’ll come a time when you need to be able to cast further
There’ll come a time when you need to be able to cast further

Pick the right rod

To cast a long way, you need to put real power into the cast, and that means being positive. Don’t be afraid of the rod – it’s no good spending lots of money on a rod if you’re afraid to use it to its full potential. Length is also key. To go a long way, you need a bespoke 13ft distance model.

Pick the right rod
Pick the right rod

Get the drop right

You have to get the length of ‘drop’ right (how far the feeder is away from the rod tip). The optimum position for casting is with the feeder just over a third of the way down the length of the rod. This way you’re using the whole rod to cast, as opposed to just the tip, so you can cast a lot further.

Get the drop right
Get the drop right

Use a heavy feeder

If your feeder isn’t heavy enough, it won’t go where you want. That doesn’t mean that you need a massive 3oz feeder, but you do need to be picking one that’s at the heavier end of the range. Take Hybrid feeders, for example. At places like Boddington Reservoir I’d go for a 45g or 55g model.

Use a heavy feeder
Use a heavy feeder

Attach a leader

To cushion the impact of launching a heavy feeder, a shockleader is vital. My mainline is low-diameter to reduce drag, being 5lb Pulse Pro, with a length of 12lb Shield leader. Leader length varies, but you should have four to six reel turns of leader on the spool when in the casting position.

Attach a leader
Attach a leader
Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us