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When KVD won the Kentucky Lake tournament by using a crankbait he said he was getting a 70 yard cast out of his cranking set-up.  I am only getting 25-30 yard cast out of my cranking set-up and I am using a 7'4" rod and have the brakes on my reel pretty loose. 

Do you guys have any idea how he is able to get such a long cast out of his set-up so I can at least get some more distance out of mine?

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what rod are you using?

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KVD is like a pro golfer in that his tech skills are perfect and his equip is perfectly matched to him.   Even if you used his equip the chances of you matching his casting distance are slim at best.

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Yeah, that doesn't sound right. There are very few things in my box that I could really throw 70 yards, let alone to cast 70 yards.

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I still say that people need to go to their local football field and stand at the goal line and cast. I think most are going to be surprised at how far (or not so far they really cast. Or, just stand in your yard and let it rip. Walk it off in three foot strides like the referee does when he walks off a penalty in football. That is your yards. Multiply by three for feet.

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what rod are you using?

7'4" KVD Tour Cranking Rod.

Even though I know I won't be able to get 70 yards I would at least like to increase my casting distance.

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Casting far is a matter of rod length, rod power, line diameter, reel brake settings, casting techique, lure weight and lure aerodynamics. There are many lures that may fly like a rocket and others even though having the same weight fly like crap, there it 's not the weight what matters but the aerodynamics, a good example are Rapala original floating minnows, those fly like crap no matter with what you cast them, you won 't win any distance casting contest with them.

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I know I can't cast a crankbait 70 yards.  50 yards at best (and that is after finally getting a rod that loads well when casting a deep diving crankbait and a reel the I can really dial in without getting backlash after backlash from trying to heave this lure).  Though, I can launch lipless crankbaits I would say around 70+ yards, but I think everyone can.

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It's got to be the line conditioner. I bet he follows the directions. ;D

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A few yrs ago, I got "Precision Casting" by Mark Romanack.  It's a book listing the measured dive depths of various crankbaits.  The author got a bunch of fishermen to do a number of casts and measured their distances.  The casters were asked to label their casts as short/medium/long.  The averaged results were "remarkably uniform".  A medium cast was 70 ft and a long cast was 100 ft.  Can KVD make a 210' cast on average?  Color me skeptical.  Who measured them?  I'm betting nobody.

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He does this for a living, its like watching a baseball player pitch a fastball. Why does it go so fast, because he has practiced it.

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I doubt he's casting 70 yards..I will admit, he does amazing things with a rod & reel. Call me skeptical.  :)

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I can cast a 3/4ounce red-eye shad close to 55 yards with my 6'6" bps carbonlite matched up with my shimano calais reel with 1 brake on

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Just because KVD "said" he was getting 70 yards doesn't mean he was.  Who measured? 

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Did he have a 30 mph wind behind him?  70 yds with a crankbait is a long way, if he was using a hopkins spoon I would believe it, I cast spoons that distance and more, but not into the wind.....

There are guys on the west coast using surf rods and avet reels casting 450-600',so I've read, totally different equipment and totally different kind of fishing.

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I can throw a 3/8 ounce crank about 100 feet most of the time on 12 pound test and a baitcast reel. I'm not KVD so I don't expect to cast like him. If he was throwing a heavier crank I can probably cast at least half the distance he can.

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I think he sold his soul to the devil  ;D :) ;D

... or he drinks unicorn blood, either one! :)

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KVD was throwing a Series 6 XD and a Silent Stalker both weigh 3/4 of an ounce; y'all can't throw a 3/4 oz lure 70 yards?

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210 feet??? Wow, maybe Jesus walked it out there for him.

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I can toss a 3/4 oz, aerodynamic crankbait like that about 55-60 yards with 7' cranking stick, 10 lb fluoro, a very lightly restricted reel, and a light breeze behind me. I would arc the cast at a 40 degree angle to the water and let the wind carry it a few extra yards.  I run lipless cranks along long, straight weed edges like that.

I don't doubt the claim, and I barely follow professional fishing.

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What I find more amazing than how far he throws it, is how he throws it for 6-8 hours a day for three or four days straight, week after week. I can chuck a 3/4oz crankbait pretty far, but after awhile my shoulder and back start talking to me, saying 'can we dropshot for a little while? same thing goes for those guys that throw a swimbait all day. I just can't do that anymore.

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He does this for a living, its like watching a baseball player pitch a fastball. Why does it go so fast, because he has practiced it.

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