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5 Useful Baitcasting Techniques

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Well-known for his vast fishing experience and casting skill, Soh Yu Hock shares some practical bait casting techniques along with a cool video to inspire you to learn how to cast with confidence and catch more fish.

Overhead 
This is one of the most common and useful cast for open terrain when we need a longer cast. It is still possible to use a compact overhead cast by using proper loading technique when back against thick vegetation.

Forehand
This is the most energy efficient cast because the hand moves the least during whole casting cycle. Because of this, use Forehand cast for short range presentation whenever possible.

Backhand 
Backhand cast is useful in tight spot where the only available casting space is opposite to the casting hand. When done correctly this is one of the easiest and energy efficient cast.

Underhand/ Flip cast
This is by far the most valuable cast. Essentially the Underhand cast uses the limited space in front of an angler to load the rod and propel the lure forward, whether fishing from a confined water craft or land-based. It also allows low trajectory presentation. Timing and efficient loading are keys to execute this cast. Once mastered, the concept can be beneficial to all of the above cast.

Pitching
Pitching is the most accurate type of cast for short range presentation. It is best used with single hook soft plastic. Caution though when holding hard body lure as one might get hooked by the trebles while pitching. Always hold the line just above the hard body lure to prevent mishap.

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 12.52.39Skipping is easy with Pitching due to the natural low trajectory.

Article reproduced with permission from Yu Hock’s blog: 100 Angler Resources.

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