Casting Capers… The learning experience begins!
My return to sea fishing been fun so far, but it has highlighted a few issues in my Sea fishing “game” which are proving frustrating. Coarse fishing also involves casting, whether this be on the feeder/ledger or waggler, but generally you are not aiming for the horizon and a chuck of 60/70 yards is considered a relative monster. To be honest, that sort of distance is almost unheard on most commercial fisheries. You may see longer cast on bigger waters, but they may not always be necessary. Venues like Shearwater Lake in Wiltshire a Port Talbot Docks in Port Talbot… Can accommodate a larger cast, but numerous fish can be caught just as easily at 30/40yards than at 70/80 yards. Also the benefit of using the line clip means you generally always hit the correct distance (although maybe not the right direction!)
Sea fishing is a different beast and a lot of the time, to be in with a chance of catching the better fish or to improve your chances of catching something other than the standard dogfish or pouting the fish are caught at distance. I mean 100yards+. That’s not to say that good fish are not caught close in while sea fishing. Anyone who has fished Chesil will know that when fishing 2 rods, 1 should always by chucked at 30/40 yards and with a hefty smelly bait for the chances of a mystery lump! You never know what is out there running the gully or surf!
I’ve been out a few times but I’ve always felt my casts have fallen short, especially when I see regular catch reports of rays, hounds, bass etc. All coming out along the beach (not forgetting how fickle Chesil is), and I can’t help but think I could have had a better chance with more distance behind my cast. Although I have no intention of becoming a competition distance caster, after a bit of a chat on WSF I decided to document my attempts, which may prove useful, as I’ll be writing down and recording my attempts in the hope of finding some extra distance from somewhere!
Also, my brother and father are very keen and relatively competitive sea anglers with long chucks between them, so if and when they do visit and we head out I don’t want to be the wally thumping it overhead…