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As silly of a question this might be, but how far are you able to cast with a bait caster... 50-75-100' ?

I realize that is a loaded question with a lot of variables, but lets say 3/8 oz with 12 # -15# mono...

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30-40 yards consistently. Depends on the bait. A 3/8oz spinnerbait isn’t going to go as far as a 5” weightless senko. Typically putting the bait in the right spot pays off more than just firing it out there as far as you can. 

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I don't know.  Bass fishing is about accuracy, not distance casting.  So I never try to cast far.

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Accurately, 30 yards, maybe out to 40 if I'm flinging a trap or something heavy and the wind isn't howling. Long distance casting isn't often a factor in my fishing though. 

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I always try to get within 25 yds of where I'm casting to...so 25 yds max.

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Like I said it was a silly question, I know accuracy is #1   especially work cover.. Its hard to judge casting distances watching videos... But out in the open I don't think your going to do very well casting 25' from the boat with a deep diving lure..   just trying to keep expectations realistic.

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Typically the only things I'm absolutely bombing are lipless crankbaits, squarebills, Whopper Plopper, and such. I can send those things darn near out of sight (not quite so literally), especially a lipless. Casting a lipless is like throwing a baseball, casting a squarebill is like throwing a football, and casting a spinnerbait is like throwing a basketball. 

 

My pitching distance isn't as far as I'd like it to be but it is very, very accurate.

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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.

 

This is my extreme course!

 

Targets: Made from Styrofoam extrusion

36" diameter @ 75 yds

30" diameter @ 50 yds

24" diameter @ 40 yds

18" diameter @ 35 yds

12" diameter @ 30 yds

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There are plenty times IMO when distance matters.  Especially when fishing from the bank.  I'd say 40 yards is a pretty good ways for most lures.  Something like a 1/2 oz chatter bait or lipless, a bit closer to 50.  50 yards is quite a long cast.

 

What Catt said above, that's pretty awesome.  I've got a ways to go before getting close to those numbers in distance or accuracy.

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Fishing from shore I hook into too many fish out past 100' to not cast that far, often farther, regularly. No reason to limit yourself IMO

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My landing percentage at 40 yards in 30 feet of water is far worse than 25 yards at the same depth.  Boat placement is everything.

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1 hour ago, LionHeart said:

There are plenty times IMO when distance matters.  Especially when fishing from the bank.  I'd say 40 yards is a pretty good ways for most lures.  Something like a 1/2 oz chatter bait or lipless, a bit closer to 50.  50 yards is quite a long cast.

 

What Catt said above, that's pretty awesome.  I've got a ways to go before getting close to those numbers in distance or accuracy.

Agree 100%.  Catt's distance and accuracy requirements are awesome.  I also am a bank fisherman when home.  When visiting Florida I still am looking for distance most of the time even tho fishing from a Gheenee due to boat placement.  My casting is more accurate at long distance than at short because that is where I am casting the vast majority of the time.  My accuracy practice is casting to leaves, foam cups, plastic water bottles, etc. that are floating by on the river.  I even manage to hit a target occasionally.  :teeth:

 

EDIT: I'd also agree with Lionheart about casting distance.  I have made longer than 50 yards under the right circumstances, but that is not something I can accomplish on a regular basis.

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Go to your local high school football field and start throwing. 

 

 

 

Mike

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8 hours ago, Glenn said:

I don't know.  Bass fishing is about accuracy, not distance casting.  So I never try to cast far.

Not always true. Sure if you're on a boat, you can cast any where, but if you on the bank and see a good spot on the other side of the canal/river, you need to cast far...

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In most situations, the only 'distance' I'm concerned with, is the one between my target and where my presentation actually lands.  The shorter the better.

 

 btw - Two days into it and you're already going for the record - 

Nicely done.

 

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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10 minutes ago, FrankN209 said:

Not always true. Sure if you're on a boat, you can cast any where, but if you on the bank and see a good spot on the other side of the canal/river, you need to cast far...

My guess is that most experienced guys (gals) on here fish from a boat.  They have a tendency to forget that some of us are stuck on shore.  Our requirements aren't always the same as theirs.

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At 75 yds I might on a good day with no wind hit 1 out of 10!

 

I fish a lot of deep water structure at depths of 25', accuracy isn't to import, distance is to maintain bottom contact.

 

My average cast in deep water is between 30-40 yds 😉

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I would say 30-40 yards if I had to, but I'm a big believer in short casts.  I would rather move to my target than stay put and cast a long way to it.

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They did some testing when they were gathering data for the Precision Casting book, and I believe they determined a ‘short’ cast was 70 ft and a long cast was 120’ based on averages and lure size, or pretty close to those numbers.

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I am in to massive grass beds on the Potomac, so the grass bed practice is don't cast a mile since it just adds to the difficulty of getting them out of the beds to the boat. I am often working in the 10-15 yd range and that's it.

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1 hour ago, Team9nine said:

They did some testing when they were gathering data for the Precision Casting book, and I believe they determined a ‘short’ cast was 70 ft and a long cast was 120’ based on averages and lure size, or pretty close to those numbers.

 

That's 23.33 to 40 yds 😉

 

2 hours ago, billmac said:

I would rather move to my target than stay put and cast a long way to it.

 

So you would rather be on top of the fish?

 

Not many anglers today cast to deep offshore structure, there's still a few if us who prefer throwing Texas Rigs, Jig-n-Craw, & Carolina Rigs. Down here those who use the three techniques will out fish those who don't.

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Depends on what you mean by on top of them but I want to be as close as I can without spooking the fish.  Shorter casts are more accurate, better hook set, and less playing of the fish if you intend to release them.  I'll cast long if I have to but I won't cast long just because I can.

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22 minutes ago, billmac said:

Depends on what you mean by on top of them but I want to be as close as I can without spooking the fish.  Shorter casts are more accurate, better hook set, and less playing of the fish if you intend to release them.  I'll cast long if I have to but I won't cast long just because I can.

 

How would you fish structure in 25' of water where there's no specific target other that the structure itself?

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Like I said, I'll cast as long as I have to, but I'm not much of a deep water fisherman.  Most of my experience is in rivers and smaller reservoirs.  I'm more used to casting at a target.

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Some interesting responses here.   For at least 20 years,  I’ve been using Daiwa 105 HiLa’s for larger jigs and Carolina rigs.  With a 3/4 Carolina rig I can throw all of the line out (about 110 yards).  I have no need to cast that far fishing but sometimes I’ll do it just to get a nice tight clean spool of line.  Last fall I started auditioning new reels to replace my old Diawas.  I tried a Zillion SV TWS and was shocked to find that I could cast a 3/4 oz c-rig about 50 yards max.   That’s with the spool very loose, the breaks on 1 or 2,  and casting hard enough to give myself a hernia.  With a 1/2 oz weight and a normal cast I could hit 35 yards easily.  It’s like the breaks are designed to never let you cast over 50 yards no matter how hard you try.  The reel worked okay pitching a jig but it failed the audition due to the 50 yard casting distance.  From some of the responses here,  I’m wondering if most modern reels are designed the same way.  

 

Next up in my auditions is a Curado DC.  

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