How To Guide – Make Your Own Casting Ball
Having sea fished several years ago I was always well served with an overhead thump, but now I see this simply doesn’t cut it. I won’t be littering the fields near my house with leads however; I will begin improving my casting technique using a “casting ball”. In this case it is a hockey ball. These come in at 5 3/8ozs which works out as an almost perfect casting weight. There may be some slight timing issues as the ball has a much larger surface area than a lead and bait may have, however I do need to slow down while casting to improve my technique.
Making a casting ball is incredibly easy, you will need;
- 1 x Hockey Ball
- 2 x Big Game Swivels
- 1 x Length of 50lb+ Braid
- 1 x 3mm Drill Bit or Screwdriver
- 1 x Electrical Tape
- Take the 3mm Drill bit or screw driver and pierce a hole through the hockey ball
- Tie the braid to one end of one of the swivels
- Tape the braid to the drill bit or screwdriver (it is easier with either a drill bit or baiting needle) and pass it through one eye of the big game swivels then back through the hole and through the ball.
- Pass the drill bit through one eye of both swivels until there is only enough braid remaining to tie a uni knot (5 turn grinner) around all the strands of braid at a swivel, making both the casting ball secure.
You now have a perfect casting weight to practice with, which won’t plough into the ground on cast completion. I have 2 a neon Orange and neon Pink one so I can see them as they land and as I retrieve them over the field. Be wary of any dogs who may be entering the field as you retrieve. They want to chase/retrieve these balls as I found out!