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hey guys how do you pitch? what weight and action and rod length rods do this best? i have never learned how and its about time i do. i plan on pitching jigs and texas/shakey head rigs. all my rods are 7ft in medium and MH. most are mod fast to a step lower in action

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With the equipment you have I would pitch jigs and plastics using your MH rod. Set your cast control knob to allow the lure to drop pretty fast. You want it as loose as your skill level will allow for pitching. I also turn my brakes off for pitching but you'll be able to pitch with them on if you choose. I let the line out until the lure is a few inches short of reaching back to my reel when I'm holding it in my left hand. (Keep in mind I'm right-handed.) Disengage the spool with the thumb bar keeping your thumb on the spool while holding the lure in your left hand with the line fairly taut. Dip the rod down to your left using your right hand and flip the wrist forward while at the same time releasing the lure. When you do it right the lure should travel just above the surface of the water and you stop it with your thumb when it reaches the destination you have chosen. Some people pitch without holding the lure in their other hand but I would recommend starting out by holding it.

Until you practice pitching and get a feel for it no description of it can do it justice.  I would suggest watching someone or watching a video of someone pitching.  

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Pitching is what I have been working on alot. I am having a hard time with it because I get in a hurry and try to hard. Do exacly as senile1 said but I want to add "RELAX" and do not worry about distance it will come with time.

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Another good video to pick up is Kevin Van Dam's Pitchin' to Heavy Hitters. He goes through pitchin' and flippin' basics plus gives some good examples of lures to use and advice on picking apart cover. Pitchin' is probably my favorite way to fish but it also gave me fits trying to learn it. I tried and tried with no success then one day it just clicked and I've been a pitchin' fool ever since! Patience is key!

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This is something I have been trying to work on. Although with my boat being rebuilt I'm out of commission until the Trip . The video's recommended were great - Gonna try to find KVD's Video at BPS next time im up there. Probably tonight lol. Thanks for the informative info guys.

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For Pitching I use the 6'10" Team All Star Pitchin' (Heavy) rod. I am only 5'9" and this rod is the perfect length for me. The reels I use are the Pflueger Supreme and the Pflueger Patriarch filled with 50 lb or 65 lb PowerPro. I leave the reels on "Free Spool" the majority of the time.

The KVD video is great for some basic instruction, but no video can compare to practice. I am very proficient at pitching because I spent hundred of hours in the basement at my old house just practicing. I had a nice obstacle course designed to help with skipping under low objects and other things for practicing pitching between things.

I actually had a guy tell me last week that I was probably the best caster he has ever fished with. This really meant a lot to me because he has fished with professional guides and Elite Series Pros. The amount of time I spend practicing is nuts, but it does pay off.

JT Bagwell

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For Pitching I use the 6'10" Team All Star Pitchin' (Heavy) rod. I am only 5'9" and this rod is the perfect length for me. The reels I use are the Pflueger Supreme and the Pflueger Patriarch filled with 50 lb or 65 lb PowerPro. I leave the reels on "Free Spool" the majority of the time.

The KVD video is great for some basic instruction, but no video can compare to practice. I am very proficient at pitching because I spent hundred of hours in the basement at my old house just practicing. I had a nice obstacle course designed to help with skipping under low objects and other things for practicing pitching between things.

I actually had a guy tell me last week that I was probably the best caster he has ever fished with. This really meant a lot to me because he has fished with professional guides and Elite Series Pros. The amount of time I spend practicing is nuts, but it does pay off.

JT Bagwell

do you guys stand on buckets ( to imitate distance off the water) or do you stand flat footed?

also do you guys pitch t-rigged lizards and such as well?

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Another good video to pick up is Kevin Van Dam's Pitchin' to Heavy Hitters. He goes through pitchin' and flippin' basics plus gives some good examples of lures to use and advice on picking apart cover. Pitchin' is probably my favorite way to fish but it also gave me fits trying to learn it. I tried and tried with no success then one day it just clicked and I've been a pitchin' fool ever since! Patience is key!

x2 with the KVD video, great video shows different ways to make short casts and which ones are best for which situation.

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What do you guys suggest for an angler that is only 5'6 in rod length

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What do you guys suggest for an angler that is only 5'6 in rod length

I think you will be fine with the same 6'10" Team All Star Pitchin' rod that I mentioned previously. Typically if you find a rod you like at a local store, they will let you put a reel on it to see how it feels before

you purchase it.

JT Bagwell

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