This topic will give you some basic information that will help you to cast a fishing lure or bait a long distance from a beach. Fish are often found out beyond the breakers and a fisherman who is capable of casting a long way can usually reach these fish. The basic equipment required is a long rod-8 to 12 feet (2.4 to 3.7 m), and spinning or casting reel spooled with good quality line rated for about 15 - 20 pounds. This article will focus on learning how to cast. Future articles will cover things such as knots, leaders, hooks, bait and other accessories that are helpful to have.
1. Begin by tying a 2 ounce sinker on the end of the line. Since this is just practice, don't bother with hooks or bait or any type of lure.
2. Reel in the line part way leaving about 2–3 feet (0.6–0.9 m) of line from the end of the rod.
3. Hold the rod with both hands, with the right hand slightly above the reel and the left hand near the bottom of the rod.
4. Hold the line against the rod with your right index finger.
5. Flip the bail over using your left hand and then grab the rod again. The right index finger should hold the line in place so it doesn't come off the reel.
6. Stand sideways at the edge of the water with your left foot forward and closer to the water.
7. Hold the rod up vertically.
8. Dip the rod away from the water and swing the sinker up and away from the water.
9. Turn you body slightly to the right, away from the water, as you swing the sinker.
10. When the sinker and line swing close to horizontal, turn you body back towards the water.
11. Pull down with your left hand and push forward towards the water with your right hand.
12. Release the line from your right index finger as the rod swings forward towards the water.
13. Watch the sinker as it flies towards the water and keep the rod pointed in the same direction it was when you released the line.
14. When the sinker hits the water, flip the bail back down and reel it in. If the waters are deep and it is uncommon to get caught in weeds or rocks, after the sinker hits the water allow a premeditated period of time (depending on the depth) to let it sinker sink. This helps as many fish can be caught on the sink.
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