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How far can you throw?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Since being in fl. last year surf fishing. I"ve wonder how far can I really cast my line out there. They say 100 yds. So this week I"m going up to the football field and stand in the end zone and cast. I don't believe I'm throwing 100 yds but can't wait to see how far it goes. How far can you throw? I don't want to guess , so that is why I"m going to the football feild... good luck.. Oh can't wait until this winter and I'm back down on the beach again with a better idea how far I'm throwing..
post #2 of 21
Casting for distance really isnt needed, most of our fish are pretty close to the shoreline.
Than there are another things to factor in, are you throwing livebait or cutbait...
You will be able to cast lures and cutbait further away than livebait.
Also where are you casting from.....if you are walking into the surf to cast, let say waist deep.
Than you will get alot further away than if you are standing on the shoreline and cast on dry sand.
Than you have to look at what kind of gamefish are you after...
if you are after pomps, than you will need to cast alittle further to
get your bait into clean water.
But if you are fishing for Snooks, than all you need to do is cast 20 to 30yd and even closer some times.

Alot of people put too much into trying to cast a mile out, when most of the time the fish are right at your feet.
I believe learning how to read a shoreline is more important than learning to cast for distance...IMO
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Your right, last year I caught the pomp. in deeper water. I'm on crescent beach . I wade out and then throw, got a little nervous when a Stark came swimming by. I'm been reading about braid vs mono too for surf fishing... What is your take on that?? Thanks
post #4 of 21
I use four type of setup all with braid line (20lb,30lb,40lb and 80lb braid) all on spinning reels.
I can get pretty good distance with all these setup, but if i was using mono line, i wouldn't even be close.
Braid line will give you... stronger line, more line on your reels and line that will last alot longer than mono...
and since it is thinner and stronger than mono you can add a stronger line and be able to cast it further without even trying.

But braid has it drawbacks, it isnt mono and if treated like mono it will bite you.
Try to read up everything you can on braid (here on the forum) before you try your hand at it.
IMO i love the stuff, but thats just me you will find others that hate it.
and it also depends on the type of fishing you will be doing and for how long.
You have to weight out if paying the extra money is worth it for you.

post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by FMChale840 View Post
Since being in fl. last year surf fishing. I"ve wonder how far can I really cast my line out there. They say 100 yds. So this week I"m going up to the football field and stand in the end zone and cast. I don't believe I'm throwing 100 yds but can't wait to see how far it goes. How far can you throw? I don't want to guess , so that is why I"m going to the football feild... good luck.. Oh can't wait until this winter and I'm back down on the beach again with a better idea how far I'm throwing..


Well if you are casting past the sand bar you went by all the fish. Southwest Florida you cast about 5-20 yards tops. If you are on a boat then it might even be closer as you are pitching your bait under the mangroves and poling you boat to be ultra stealthy.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by FMChale840 View Post
Since being in fl. last year surf fishing. I"ve wonder how far can I really cast my line out there. They say 100 yds. So this week I"m going up to the football field and stand in the end zone and cast. I don't believe I'm throwing 100 yds but can't wait to see how far it goes. How far can you throw? I don't want to guess , so that is why I"m going to the football feild... good luck.. Oh can't wait until this winter and I'm back down on the beach again with a better idea how far I'm throwing..



With the right gear 100 yds is a piece of cake, and completely unnecessary. Get yourself a good 7'6" med/fast action spinner w/ some 12lb jerry brown spectra and a pocketful of 3/8 & 1/2 oz pompano jigs and you're going to really piss off the commercial pompano guys tearing their backs up throwing 12ft rods & big lead. Fish smart, not hard. For inshore stuff light braid can help you cover alot more water, no disadvantage there. Alot of guys do have issues with adjusting to fishing with braid. It's as simple as manually closing your bail, but for some reason alot of guys have a problem with that.
post #7 of 21
Lots of people would say distance is not necessary, but wouldn't it be great if you can reach the fish that are beyond reach of the average fisherman? you can always cast near, but when the fish are far out, what are you going to do?

learning to cast to get a decent distance is an asset not a liability. it is a skill good to have in your arsenal.
post #8 of 21
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post #9 of 21
Have to Agree with Drako and Mini,when back in mangrove's looking for snook I went to 6 1/2 rod ,spheros 4000 FA and looked for a 6ft,in open waters 7 7 1/2 fishing flats again as mini cover 30-40 yds this year will be first with some braid as i swapped for some, will see.

Cant say on pompano as we have very few, and No Surf
post #10 of 21
i can cast 100-150 yards but i fish at night so i dont stress myself castin long distance. but around 85-100 yards will be good for me.
post #11 of 21
I think its interesting to perfect your cast to be able to reach Cuba but it is not needed to catch fish. Reminds me of my early days when i was learning to striper fish in NJ. I used to cast out as far as I could. Later, I learned the fish were always at my feet, sometimes getting strikes as I lifted my lure out of the water.

Good luck and I'd like to hear your distance numbers !
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by redfishinflorida View Post
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Why bring up a 3 year old thread on something so trivial ?
post #13 of 21
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Why bring up a 3 year old thread on something so trivial ?



Because I see a lot of people asking how far they need to cast down here to catch fish.
post #14 of 21

I fish the surf near Stuart Fl. and usually for pompano I need to get my bait out past the reef.  The commercial fishermen have the 12' plus rods and get out into clean clear water maybe 85 to 90 yards or further. I just bought a Shiman baitrunner 6000d reel and a Air Wave tsawss1202H Rod .  I put power pro braid 30# on the spool.  I live on a farm and marked off a hundred yards and cast 92 yards with 2 ounce  lead sinker.  I figure this ought to let me get out there far enough this winter when I go back down to flordia to fish for pompano.  I can always use a smaller outfit to fish in closer if need.   Really anxious to give it a try.

post #15 of 21
this thread gets awaken every 3 years. naughty.gif
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