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I keep reading "roll casting" on this site and I am curious on how do you do it? I may do it now and just not know the name. thanks fellas

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You are basically rolling your lure with your rod and wrist to where the lure swings.Basically an under cast.It's a complete swing around and release lure at it's lowest point in the swing.

It's deadly on docks and tight places.

90% of my casts i do now are roll casts.Accuracy is what i depend on.

Usually when i skip with a baitcaster by accident is off a roll cast.You get enough speed rollcasting to be able to.

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90% of my casts i do now are roll casts.Accuracy is what i depend on.

I'm now the same way.  Once you start you'll love it.

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how long (inches) does the lure dangle so to speak? i think i have an idea on what you guys are saying and i do something to that nature but i am sure its not technically a roll cast.. i do it when i cannot bring my rod back for the forward cast. i reel in, lure is a few inches from first eye, swing the bait in a circle to build up momentum and let er' rip.. ill keep in mind about letting it go "under"...

now, why is it best for docks? i sidearm my cast for under docks (keeping as parellel as i can with the water and as it goes the distance it closes in on the water and splash)

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Mine hangs about 6-12" from tip.

Reason why it works on docks is because it has a quiet entrance and your lure is actually closer to the water.

You can do the same with pitching or skipping....i just prefer to roll cast because it's pretty simple and easy for me.

If i side arm my cast sometimes tend to go a little off to the side.I just hit my spots a little closer to target with a roll cast.

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Mine hangs about 6-12" from tip.

Reason why it works on docks is because it has a quiet entrance and your lure is actually closer to the water.

You can do the same with pitching or skipping....i just prefer to roll cast because it's pretty simple and easy for me.

If i side arm my cast sometimes tend to go a little off to the side.I just hit my spots a little closer to target with a roll cast.

understood..... one last question (i hope lol) if the dock is facing you or your target is directly infront of you at what angle is your rod facing after the cast? is it direcltly inline with the target or is lets say 1-2 o clock from it as you let go of your line? hope that made sense.

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It really depends...

I start out at 3 o'clock,saying the target is at 12, My rod usually stays at 3 o'clock if target is right in front.If it's off to the side my rod will be off at 1 or 2.Works for me.

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That's a perfect diagram, grimlin.  Nice!

The cool part about a roll cast, is that its not the fastest cast in the world, so you can actually guide your bait around obstructions throughout the cast by changing your rod position.

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Jimmy Houston did a demo on one of his latest shows and it was awsome. He did about 10 casts, each time showing each movement of the rod, arm, and wrist position from beginning to end.

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i saw that show and he did a great job describing it for use with a spinnerbait. it keeps the entry of the bait soft when it hits the water. plus like was said before. you can get under hanging trees or docks. i was amazed at how easy he made it look. :o

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Jimmy Houston also did the wrist roll cast demo on one of his shows about 20 years ago.

He's the guy to learn from.

I used to be able to wrist roll cast the same way but with Carpal and tendon damage my wrists just don't work right anymore.  Most of the times I try it now I have no idea where the lure is going to wind up.   ;D

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 When fishing from the bank, it's a good way to cast parallel to the bank. Jimmy Houston (and spinnerbaits) was the reason i got started using it...

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Been looking for a video on this technique online, but cant find one...

A couple other sites said they prefer a shorter length rod as it makes the lure placement more accurate when doing a roll cast. Is this true?

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It is a great form for bank casting, I find.  When I'm walking around a pond in the bushes and trees, you don't always have room to make a full cast, or even a side arm toss.  With the roll cast you can get the momentum of the bait moving without using much of the rod, and you don't get snagged in the limbs and sticks around you (and believe me, until I got better at roll casting, I was hung up every other cast :( )

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Some nice info here guys.  I have seen KVD do this before but I have never been able to get the hang of it yet.  I guess I will take some of this info and give it a try again.

Thanks, :)

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