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   Any tips to stop casting to the moon?
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   Old Thread  #11 23 Feb 2021 at 3.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What Tony said and also maybe not thinking about releasing
I find it just happens if you relax
To be honest I trap the line with my middle finger
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   Old Thread  #10 23 Feb 2021 at 6.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This may sound like a stupid question, you are not trapping the line against the spool with your finger like you can with smaller reels are you and low weights such as float fishing?

You need to be holding it in your finger.
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   Old Thread  #9 22 Feb 2021 at 9.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
If the rod pointing straight up is,lets call it,90 degrees to the water.
Release your line when the rod is at 45 degrees to the water. And tweak it a split second before or after that point. Keep your drop from rod tip to lead about 3 foot to start
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   Old Thread  #8 22 Feb 2021 at 7.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Seen this before with my son in law. He didn't have the line from the spool over the crook of his index finger - he used to trap the line between his finger and the rod handle! His line release was all over the place - once he gained confidence with the line laid over his 'bent' index finger his casting improved.
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   Old Thread  #7 22 Feb 2021 at 1.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Youíre just not timing the release correctly. Youíre releasing the line too early or too late.

As with any physical skill it just takes practice.

Try holding the line only with the tip of your finger and thereís no need to wrap your finger round the rod to trap the line. As long as the finger holding the line is directly above the spool. That way the movement needed to release the line is only a small straightening of the the finger. This should help youto time the release better.
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   Old Thread  #6 22 Feb 2021 at 10.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
If the lead isnít travelling far at all, sounds like you see releasing either too early to send it skywards or too late and casting downwards at an angle. Lots of video on Youtube etc, get the technique and aim for stopping the rod at 45 degrees to the lake. Start short and build up with your technique, donít try to hit the cast hard. It is much like a golfers swing, smooth, full and consistent - not a short, sudden, jagged thump.
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   Old Thread  #5 22 Feb 2021 at 10.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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as said - it's a case of practice. from what you say it sounds like a simple question of releasing at the right moment to get your angles right - too early you're up in the air, too late you're splashing 10 feet in front of you.

there are some useful casting tips videos on youtube for a bit of guidance
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   Old Thread  #4 22 Feb 2021 at 9.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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See if you can get to a big field with just a lead. Put yourself a marker out and just keep practicing trying to get to the distance you want to achieve. When you think you have it clip up to that distance. And try and hit your marker with out bouncing it off the clip so hard the lead comes back towards you .
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   Old Thread  #3 22 Feb 2021 at 9.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You could practice a gentle cast first to get a consistent release then build your distance from there.
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   Old Thread  #2 22 Feb 2021 at 7.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What kit are you using? And what sort of distance are you hoping for?
If you've jumped straight in with heavy carp rods, big reels it is harder to get the feel for it. Most people start with float or light leger rods.
It's just practice though, aim for a target in the distance, look high above it and release the line at the right moment.
If the lead is too light for the rod you'll struggle to feel the lead and miss the timing
If it's too heavy for the rod you might be through the cast but the lead is still behind you.

I think your best off fishing with others to show you how, and more importantly how to handle fish on the bank
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   Old Thread  #1 21 Feb 2021 at 10.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hey, I started fishing first lockdown and enjoying it for the best part but have being mainly underarm chucking and alot of margin fishing but the last couple sessions with alot of the lakes being empty and growth dead I have being having a chuck with just a lead but for some reason I seem to either cast upwards more than forwards or it makes a big splash and only goes a rod length or so out, I have watched videos and have being shown but I just can't get the knack of it any tips would be greatly accepted
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