Yeah, i actually enjoy casting. Lots of times, I would just go to the harbor at night and throw some lead....no bait, no hook...only the lead. A lot of the guys fishing at the harbor are just watching me throw lead and some are thinking...
I tell them...forget the fishing, this casting thing is pretty addicting. Its kinda like hitting a golf ball right on the sweet spot of the club. The feel....the sound....the smoothness!
Don't get me wrong, I am no way hitting two football field lengths, but I know I can go at least one goal post to the next goal post.
A few years back, this guy Don B. (great tournament distance caster) taught me some of the techniques for the pendulum cast. I tried it and had some difficulty especially with the bigger outfits (Penn HLW 113 or the Newell 646 with 60 or 80 lb test line and 9 or 10 ounce lead).
I think if you're using the small mitchell tournament reels with 12 lb test mainline spliced to a 80 lb test shock leader using a 4 or a 5 ounce lead, it would be easier to control the pendulum cast as you are coming around with that huge arch.
With the bigger gear, I tend to use a hatteras
cast. Kind of like a modified pendulum. Rather than swinging forward and letting the lead come all the way back and then start the huge rotation, I would just swing back about two o clock and just come forward. Oh, and don't forget to add the ol "Ki Yah!
" just before you cast.
Anyway, with a well maintained reel, thanks to this wonderful site, it makes the whole casting experience....
Recently, I have been busy with work. I have been wanting to go to the football field with a tape measure to get actual measurements since I have applied the TSI lube on my bearings. Its been over a month and I have not re-lubed the bearings. I want to see the results of how the lube holds up. I did not forget, I will keep everyone posted. Wish me luck, I hope I don't snag anything on my back swing.