Note: This is part two of a three part series on casting accuracy.
The use for casting accurately is something that I, in the last article, explained, as well as the fundamentals of flipping, a technique that is good for accurate short-range casting. Flipping is stealthy, and I prefer to flip when I need to cast in distances under 20 feet. But if you need make an accurate cast 10-30 feet away? That's when I pitch. BTW, both flipping and pitching require at least medium power rods, preferably stouter, that are at least 6' 6" in length.
First, assemble your materials and rig your rod like explained in Pt.1. If you have a bait caster, you need to set your spool tension to low settings, and you must know how to prevent backlashes by controlling the spool with your thumb. Pitching isn't for beginner bait cast users.
Above: You can often pitch smaller lures, and sometimes catch big panfish.
Then, face the target 20 feet away. Let out two or three yards of line. Grab the lure in your free hand, and put the line taut, lowering the rod tip towards the water at the same time. Next, you swing the rod tip forward and upwards in the general direction of your target, in a fast motion, releasing your hold over the lure. Flick your wrist to do this. As the lure lies forward, continue releasing your line and raising the rod tip. You can use your rod to guide your bait to the target area. The lure should be slightly above the water's surface, but not too close. Put your thumb on the spool just before the bait hits the water to prevent a backlash and to guarantee a smooth and quiet entry, so you won't spook the fish.
Practice your pitching skills on each of the targets mentioned in Pt. 1. Move on from each target after you hit it five times in a row. If you have a big and empty basement, you can practice close range pitching in there.
To be continued...
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