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Old 04-14-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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I'd like to ask a question about surf casting techniques. I typically fish around the local spots such as Johnson Beach, Pcola Beach, Navarre Beach, Fort Pickens, etc... I try and just sling the [email protected]#$% out of my rod and hope I get it out far. Well, I've only managed to hit right in front of what I believe to be the first sandbar. I think I've got a rod with every type of setup known to man. Braid, no braid, big guides, little guides, lots of guides, big reels, little reels, whew!!! lol... And then I've tried the pendulum casting technique, the flat pendulum casting technique, the wading out to the sandbar technique... I guess my question is... Is there a better technique out there? And if so, what is it? Or am I casting about as far as a person can? Thanks!!!
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Have you ever casted with a smaller convetional reel??? They cast miles further than a spinning setup... Try a smaller conventional with braid and a 10'+ rod...
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Look up tommy farmer on youtube. lots of good video on him and some of the english guys.


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Have you ever casted with a smaller convetional reel??? They cast miles further than a spinning setup... Try a smaller conventional with braid and a 10'+ rod...

What do you mean by "conventional' reel?
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Look up tommy farmer on youtube. lots of good video on him and some of the english guys.


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The dude is pretty fat. I imagine all that weight gives him a huge advantage in that technique.
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Have you ever casted with a smaller convetional reel??? They cast miles further than a spinning setup... Try a smaller conventional with braid and a 10'+ rod...
I disagree with this statement completly,there have been threads on other forums that go on and on about this subject. If you want proof let's set up a time next weekend and I will show you what I am takin, bout.

Guy, the only way to know for sure how you are doing as a caster is to get out onto an open field when nobody is around to get hurt by a wayward piece of lead, make a few casts and measure them.
I can cast a 3oz pyramid and apiece of shrimp 98 yards out on the field.Bellive me I have spent hour after hour and and a small fortune on rods and reels, with the wind at my back it goes a little more than that,with the wind my face a lot less. I always want to put a bait over that sand bar but depending on what sand bar you are takin bout some times it just won't go. then other times it will go and you discover that there are no fish in the vicinity or you have launched your rig into a bunch of slimy little catfish.

Mat C and I usually fish Johnson beach Saturday and Sunday AM, we are both distance casting fools, well Iam anyway, come on down some time, it's fun.
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LoL... I can't do it this weekend of course, but how about on the morning of 21st. Just pick the letter and time and I'll be there. I wanna see this!!! I'll bring a rod and if ya don't mind, I'l like to pick up some pointers too...

It looks like he's just barely throwing it. And that's kinda a modified pendulum cast. And it don't show how far he's slinging it either.

Right now I gots a penn conguer 5000 (courtesy of pomp joe). Nice reel. And a 12ft 1-piece e-glass with big quides custom. I switched back to mono because I thought I was gonna lose my finger with braid lol...

I'm kinda doing the same type of cast as in the video and I'm hittin about 20yds short of the sandbar at JB. Which ain't bad... It might be like ya said that I just need some more practice and tweek some here and there...

Catching fish is the most important thing. I thought I alreay caught all the catfish out of JB... I swear they out number the pompano...

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For me its not the distance, its the location. I rarely cast more than forty yards or so from the beach in my two favorite pomp holes. So far this year Ive caught at least thirty pompano including a seventeen inch fish.
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A conventional is like a baitcaster with no levelwind... and why disagree??? Just a question, i know alvey side casts held the record for years but when i tried to cast one i couldn't outcast my conventional... But you do have to know how to cast a conventional to get any distance...
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