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fish weren’t biting this morning so decided to do a little playing in the parking lot. I have a currado k on a 6’6” bps carbonlite 2.0 mh/f and avereged 90’ with a weightless sticko from bps that I threw on a scale and came up .3 ounces so give or take 3/8 about. That was with one break on and the other setting on 1. That’s the bottom end of the lure rating for that rod. I’m sure I’m a little off I was using a 30’ tape and curb stones with markers to measure so it’s not perfect but close. I’ve only been using a baitcaster since August so I’m not the best with it either, was basically just playing and thought I would share. Anyone else measure weightless sencos to see how far they can get them. I’m sure they could go allot farther  on a medium power rod. 

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Never have measured how far I can cast. Far enough though. I worry more about accuracy as I'm more of a shallow water, close quarters fisherman.

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Even with my years of experience I still try to practice casting, pitching, & flipping evey day even if it's just for 15 minutes.

 

I have an obstacle course of sorts that has targets at various distances.

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Obstacle course sounds fun wish I had enough room to set one up. 

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Because bass fishing is all about accuracy, I've never cared about how far I can cast.....ever.

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90 foot sounds like a good cast with a Senko .  I've   never measured how far I can cast . There are plenty of times where I make as long as cast as I can . Fishing deep diving crankbaits  , fishing on flats and parallel casting   banks I  often Hail Mary the bait .

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I know exactly how far I can cast and makes it easier to judge distance if you practice. Being a engineer details are important to me. I would say 30 yard cast with a 3/8 oz aerodynamic Senko is decedent if you can land it in a bucket every cast.

The shorter you cast the higher you strike detection will be therefore the more bass you could potentially catch. There are situations that making short cast results in no strikes like big wary bass in clear water that leave if you get too close. Casting long distance accurately is a practiced skill set, the same as casting accurately a shorter distance.

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90 foot is a long cast for a weightless Senko and you are doing pretty good , but remember in a real world scenario it's only a good cast if the lure lands within the area you are targeting without negatively alerting the fish. I say great job, but in real world scenarios, focus on accuracy and targets between 5 and 50 feet, you will actually end up with more casts per day and you will cover higher percentage areas, as a result ! 

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Nope definitely can’t land it in a bucket. I’m just now able to get consistent distance on the regular. 

Yeah I understand accuracy is more important I was just playing in a parking lot. Plus I fan cast from the bank so distance definitely helps. 

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At 30 yards, landing it in a hul-hoop is as good as it gets for me and I seldom throw most baits further.  At 20 yards a bucket is achievable.

Flipping and pitching is where I need more work 

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I need work in all areas. Most  places I fish a roll cast isn’t even possible with my 6’6”. I practice that in my yard here and there but it’s not big enough to really matter. I’ve never pitched or flipped in my life. Even fishing parallel to the shore is out most of the time, I’m usually fan casting as far as I can or as close to the things I can reach as I can. I’ll play in the parking lots this winter when I can’t fish. 

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6 hours ago, Derek1 said:

Obstacle course sounds fun wish I had enough room to set one up. 

 

This is my extreme course!  😉

 

Casting Contest

Rules

Range: 5 targets set up on field at various angles from the deck.

Deck: 24 tall x 4' x 4'

Tackle: Participants choice

 

Targets: Made from Styrofoam extrusion

36" diameter @ 75 yds: 25 points

30" diameter @ 50 yds: 20 points

24" diameter @ 40 yds: 15 points

18" diameter @ 35 yds: 10 points

12" diameter @ 30 yds: 5 points

 

Each participant is allowed 2 cast at each target, points are only given for cast landing inside the target. Judge will be at each target to verify score. Tie breaker: 1 cast @ the 75 yd target

 

Sounds easy? Add wind, rain, back lashes, brain farts & artificial plants of various heights arranged around the target.

 

Get a couple buddies, set up the range and give it a try!

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The only time I worry about distance is when the water is clear, and there is no cover around. 

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1 hour ago, Catt said:

 

This is my extreme course!  😉

 

Casting Contest

Rules

Range: 5 targets set up on field at various angles from the deck.

Deck: 24 tall x 4' x 4'

Tackle: Participants choice

 

Targets: Made from Styrofoam extrusion

36" diameter @ 75 yds: 25 points

30" diameter @ 50 yds: 20 points

24" diameter @ 40 yds: 15 points

18" diameter @ 35 yds: 10 points

12" diameter @ 30 yds: 5 points

 

Each participant is allowed 2 cast at each target, points are only given for cast landing inside the target. Judge will be at each target to verify score. Tie breaker: 1 cast @ the 75 yd target

 

Sounds easy? Add wind, rain, back lashes, brain farts & artificial plants of various heights arranged around the target.

 

Get a couple buddies, set up the range and give it a try!

That sounds awesome. I don’t think it needs to be said cause I’m sure there’s some barbecue and beers involved. Sounds better then a game of horse shoes at the family cook out. 

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8 hours ago, Glenn said:

Because bass fishing is all about accuracy, I've never cared about how far I can cast.....ever.

I have to agree accuracy is king.  If I had a boat (no way anymore to take my Porta-Bote out), and was the one controlling it, then I wouldn't worry much about distance.  As it is I fish from shore locally.  I am almost always casting for distance.  When I visit Florida we fish out of a 14' dinghy.  I find I often need long casts here along with some shorter ones.  More often long.  I have gotten more accurate on long casts than short ones.  It is hard for me to hold back for the shorter casts.  Too use to swinging for the moon.

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I don't try to do any long distance casting.I stated in another post I have to sit down to fish due to bad knees. The longest rods I use are 6'6". I work on accuracy much more than distance with my casting.

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8 hours ago, Glenn said:

Because bass fishing is all about accuracy, I've never cared about how far I can cast.....ever.

That's not always the case, especially for those, like me, without a boat. So distance plays a big part trying to get into places afar off...

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When fishing deep water (20-30') structure ya need long cast to stay in contact with the bottom.

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30 minutes ago, Catt said:

When fishing deep water (20-30') structure ya need long cast to stay in contact with the bottom.

Or drop a jig under the boat.  :D

 

Short story.  A friend I got into fishing and I were in upstate NY.  He had let his Beetlespin drop to the bottom while doing something.  When he picked the rod up, he had a nice Rock Bass on.  I told him that is jig fishing....which we both promptly started doing.  Was a fun day with many, many, many Rock Bass caught off the bottom by dropping the jig under the boat for most of them.

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This thread under rates distance by quite a bit.  I can think of plenty of times that casting distance is very important.  30 yards with a weightless anything sounds pretty solid.

 

The only time I have measured a cast is for 10xd in a field beside my house.  Best I got was 60 yards.

 

Catt, 75 yards? That's insane.

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12 hours ago, new2BC4bass said:

Or drop a jig under the boat:D

 

Both directly under the boat on a Jig-n-Craw😉

 

11 hours ago, LionHeart said:

Catt, 75 yards? That's insane.

 

The distance is easy, accuracy not so much!

 

 

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Fishing the Potomac grass beds is not a good place to throw plastics a mile away.  There is a happy medium I have to control with  my thumb in the event I am retrieving 5lbs of grass with the fish.  Like to hear Toxic's take on distance in grass beds since he has been on the Potomac a lot longer than I.

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45 minutes ago, Catt said:

Both directly under the boat on a Jig-n-Craw😉

 

 

The distance is easy, accuracy not so much!

 

 

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Catt, I agree. Casting accuracy is a big part of this sport. I'd like to get a group of guys together and do your casting practice test. It would be much harder than most would think, to hit those targets consistently. If you could do it daily- your very good at casting

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@Mobasser To get good with accuracy & distance ya gotta cast a lot!

 

As I posted earlier I practice almost daily, either casting, pitching, or flipping.

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1 minute ago, Catt said:

@Mobasser To get good with accuracy & distance ya gotta cast a lot!

 

As I posted earlier I practice almost daily, either casting, pitching, or flipping.

I agree Catt. Practice will keep you in tune. No practice, and you lose your feel for it. I practice when I can too. I know it helps

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