How to Cast a Baitcasting Reel for Distance

The advantage of using a bait casting reel while you are on a fishing trip is that you can use a comparatively heavier line and lure than a spinning rod and reel. Moreover, you have more options when using a bait casting reel. If you are planning to cast long distance with your bait casting reel, it is important to cast the reel in a proper manner. Failing to do so means that the reel would not cover the distance you want it to.

Things Required:

– Fishing rod
– Fishing line
– Fishing lure
– Bait casting reel


  • 1

    There will be a button on the fishing rod which will make the lure fall to the ground by releasing the spool of bait casting reel. Press that button and pause momentarily until the lure reaches the ground. On the handle of the fishing rod, you will see a star-shaped item. This is the drag of the reel. Loosen the drag of the reel by rotating it clockwise.

  • 2

    Look for the manual magnetic resistance on the reel’s side which is opposite to the handle. If the resistance is the resistance is present, you will have to loosen it as far as you possibly can before moving on to the next step.

  • 3

    With your dominant hand, hold the reel firmly. Bring your non-dominant hand to grip the ending part of the fishing rod.

  • 4

    Place your thumb on the spool and simultaneously press the same button which you pressed in the first step. Release the button when the lure hangs no more than 2 to 3 feet below the tip of the fishing rod.

  • 5

    In a spontaneous motion as if you were throwing something at a certain target, cast the reel. As soon as the rod crosses the front part of your body, make sure to snap your wrists. This will make the lure reach a greater distance.

  • 6

    Remember to keep your thumb placed in the same place as it was before. However, do not exert too much pressure with your thumb. This will help keep the friction to a minimal level, thus ensuring that the bait covers the maximum possible distance.

  • 7

    Wait for the lure to hit the water and as soon as it does, start reeling.

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