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We'll probably have someone respond shortly with some specific advice.

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It is almost impossible to diagram a cast.

What do you mean by roll cast? The only roll cast I know of has to do with Fly Fishing.

When I skip docks I always use spinning gear and I cast side arm with my rod as close to the water as I can get.

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 Have never even tried skipping with baitcaster, would still be picking out professional overrun ;D. I think what you are talking about is rolling your wrist (hopefully). I start with (easier with shorter rod) rod horizontal, little below waist high, pointed at about 2:00. Start with bait hanging straight down about 2" from last guide. Start rolling wrist back clock-wise. Bait will start moving in clock-wise motion. Continue rolling wrist picking up momentum until bait is at about 8:00. Between there and 9:00 let bait loose and it will travel in almost straight line or lower toward target. Hope that made some kind of sense ;D and WELCOME to the forums!!!

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I got this one covered (as long as you mean spinning gear).  I'll shoot a quick video this afternoon for you.  Will be up tonight. ;)

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While LBH gets a vid together for ya, if you have ever tried skip casting, Skillet has the technique written out pretty well.  The only thing I'll add is that you want to release the line like you're making and underhand throw with a baseball, or if you play golf, its a lot like hitting a sand shot (the release, not the swing ;) ).  And like both these analogies, keep your hands "soft," or, rather, don't try to force the bait to your target.  It takes a bit of practice, but it is an invaluable casting tool for getting into tight cover.

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dude, awesome video........What length and action rod do you use for this situation with the spinning reel.. I am 6"1 if that matters at all..I currently use a 6"6 ML but am considering a longer rod...any advice?  thanks  darren

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russ you are the MAN!!!!! GREAT VIDEO!!!!

i never would have thought of skipping it hard right at the boat, and then having the bait fly far and hit soft ;)

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Jimmy Houston and Kevin Van Dam are master role casters. When done right the fatige factor is cut way down.

I use it a lot in gin water when the smallies are tracking lures. It helps to keep the bait close to the water.

It's possible to role cast under docks with baitcaster, LBH vid is the best way.

Garnet

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Jimmy Houston and Kevin Van Dam are master role casters. When done right the fatigue factor is cut way down.

Yea, I guess that came out wrong, I meant that it's not necessary to skip a bait.  Thanks Garnet  :)

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LBH the videos are great, you should make more. I really liked the jig fishing video and it helped me ALOT. Thanks

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Roll casting is similar to pitching. If you have watched fast pitch softball you can picture how the line and bait move. With about a half a rods length of line out: pick the rod up to bring the line to the rod - drop the tip to start the pendulum but instead of releasing the bait as it reaches the forward point as you would in a pitch, continue the arc to complete a circle, releasing on completion of that circle. What the roll does is increase the speed of the bait which allows much more distance achieved than the pitch.

To learn this start with about a 1.5 feet of line out from the tip and practice without releasing to get the line to roll in a circle without wrapping the tip. Remember, the roll is a forward roll, not a side roll. It follows the same arc as that pitcher's arm does in fast pitch softball.

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