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I frequently get in situations where the normal right-handed case wont work because of obstacles in the way so I have to do a backhanded cast...it's getting there.  Any tips?

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At times with backhand cast I will grab the lure with free hand, hold it, load the rod some then let go and cast, sort of like slingshotting it gives a little more oomph.

 

Here's a great video on it

 

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I use it from time to time especially under the bridges.  Sometimes a back cast is the only way to get the job done..  With no overhead clearance a sidearm cast is sometimes only way.  One tip is don't snap the wrist.  Use the arm is a smooth side arm movement, backward.  This prevents overruns.  It just takes a little practice.

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I just pitch it. I can pitch a good ways with the tension loose and brakes low

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Go walk around a pond backwards I guess you could say. So you would be back handing into the direction you would walk. It will get you pretty decent quickly.

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Sidearm it just as you would a tennis racquet - just don't expect to get as much distance.

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always finish ur cast pointing at 12 o'clock (ie ur target). this will help with accuracy and also prevent backlashes when using baitcasters.  stopping abruptly at 10 o'clock with a baitcaster leads down a dark tangled road you don't want to go :eyebrows:

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I do a roll cast. It's kind of like turning a door knob counter clockwise, of course that's also the way I cast forehand, so it just seemed the easiest for me.

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Or, if you're righthanded cast left handed.  Either way, practice, practice, practice.  For me it was also a lot of yard fishing and untangling from shrubs and trees.  That's easier to do standing on the ground than balancing in a boat.

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I'm not to good at backhand casting so I started practicing casting left handed this seems to work out better for me you get more distance and accuracy.

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I frequently get in situations where the normal right-handed case wont work because of obstacles in the way so I have to do a backhanded cast...it's getting there.  Any tips?

All good suggestions in this thread. You can also try dock shooting like in this video by Fishound.

 

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I kind of mastered the back hand cast / pitch this year.  the only way to describe the technique is that you need to imitate the one handed backhand of gustavo kuerton 

  thats it , you hold the lure like you would a pitch and go from low to high like you would a one handed backhand 
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I'm not to good at backhand casting so I started practicing casting left handed this seems to work out better for me you get more distance and accuracy.

I can cast just as far backhand but not with the same accuracy. Throwing any harder is just making the brakes engage harder. Less is more sometimes.

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I do a roll cast. It's kind of like turning a door knob counter clockwise, of course that's also the way I cast forehand, so it just seemed the easiest for me.

That is what I do in tight situations. I hold the rod in front of me at about 45 degrees left or right and roll cast accurately. I can get some distance with the rod directly in front of me just spinning the lure in a loop to get momentum-sort of like short line pitching. Done with a baitcaster, spinning reel, or spincast reel. Been doing it for decades after watching Jimmy Houston do it.

 

Doing that caused this one time:

 

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I demonstrate how to do the backcast in my spinnerbait video:  http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-videos/spinnerbaits-bass-fishing.html

 

Go to about the 15 minute mark.

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The only backhanded cast I have semi-mastered is when skipping senko's or tubes.  It is similar to a tennis backhand, but with your wrist turned the opposite way.  I use it when I need to make a backhanded cast, even if I am just casting to a spot & not underneath something.  I think using the water as a backstop helps balance out any inaccuracy from using your off hand.

 

I get a big smile on my face when I make an accurate backhanded cast that results in a strike.  Its like I know what I am doing...

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I frequently get in situations where the normal right-handed case wont work because of obstacles in the way so I have to do a backhanded cast...it's getting there.  Any tips?

 

Obviously practice, practice and practice, lol.  If you are seriously looking to improve your back hand cast, use it when you don't need to.  Find a bank that you want to fish, then instead of fishing it with your normal casts - back hand the whole bank.  (Or if you want to really expand your angle, off hand it.)  Once you get the muscle memory down it will become second nature.  (I say that, and I still suck casting with my off hand lol.) But I do backhand without thinking about it now.

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I had mentioned walking along the bank the other way. It is for sure the fastest way to get good at back handing. I am sure that's why I can do it as good as I do. Later you can try and step it up to a 2 handed back hand cast. It's weird at first but just takes practice. You can bomb stuff basically just as far as a normal cast.

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I like to getting moving forward a little before taking it back. Something about getting momentum started backhand allows me to be more accurate.

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