How To Do A Backhand Cast With A Baitcaster | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com,
and today I wanna talk to you about a certainkinda cast that’s gonna get you more fish. I hope you’re sitting up and listening, especially
if you’re a back-seater or if you fish fromthe bank, you’re really gonna like this cast,
it’s gonna help you get to spots that younormally can’t access with other casts. It’s the backhand cast. What I’m talking about here is you just. . . it’s
kind of a combination between a backhandedgolf swing and a swing at bat. And what it does, it lets you get into spots
that you couldn’t get with a regular overhandcast or with just a sidearm cast. Things such as when the trees are hanging
over bushes, or hanging over right close tothe water, there might be a branch or something
in the way you couldn’t get to. With the backhand, you can get it right in
that pocket, maybe a little notch or protrusionfrom a dock. Listen, when I was a back-seater, I caught
so many fish that the front-seater missedbecause they couldn’t get to those spots that
otherwise, that I could, with a bankhand cast,especially when it comes to docks. A lotta times the back-seater. . . or the front-seater
will get the front side of the docks but hewon’t get the back side very well. With this cast, you can do it. Alls it is, is when you’re doing it, what
you wanna do is let go of the thumb bar soonerthan you normally would. That’s the first thing about it. If you let go like you would an overhand or
a regular sidearm cast, you’re gonna flingthat bait right back, way over to the right. So don’t do that. Release a little bit sooner, more like about
the noon o’ clock or even 11:00 position thanyou would a little bit later on a normal cast. Also, when it comes to casting, you wanna
keep that bait real low to the water, andthis is a real key about this cast. With a low trajectory, you can get it to enter
the water nice and quiet. And that’s key. If you’re. . . with an overhand cast, that lure
comes crashing down, you might as well justbe throwing rocks at the fish. You’re gonna spook ’em. You want a nice quiet entry. And with this cast, you can keep it low to
the water and then thumb it just before ithits the water and lift up on the rod tip
just a little bit, and you’re gonna get anice, quiet, soft entry. You’re gonna get a lot of bites. A lot of ’em will happen right when it hits
the water when you do it right, when you doit that way. Now if you’re bank fishermen, if you’re fishing
from the shore, this opens up a whole newlevel of fishing for you. Typically what you do is you sidearm it and
can get along that one stretch of bank toyour left, and you can parallel that lure
right along the bank, but it’s hard to doit on the right because you can’t sidearm
it that way. With this cast you can. You have to be a little cognizant here because
you could get the rod tip too low and hitthe ground or if you’re hitting, you might
hit the water, so what you wanna do is getright up to the water. This works great if you have like a steep
bank especially, because you can. . . you’reup a little bit higher than the water level. You can actually get up a little bit and get
yourself up above the water. If there’s a rock, or you’re fishing off a
dock, you’re fishing of some kinda ledge,look for something that’s gonna get you a
little bit above the water so you can getthat rod tip down and don’t. . . and not risk
hit anything. You can get it right up over to the right-hand
side, get it real close to the bank and parallelthe bank, a parallel structure. Or if there’s branches, trees, bushes in the
way of trying to get to a certain target,this cast will enable you to get that lure
right where you need to. It opens up a whole lot more possibilities
and targets for you, especially if you’refishing from the shore. This cast takes a lotta practice. It’s hard to practice at home because you
gotta get the rod tip down. You gotta keep it low. When you’re doing it at home, it’s. . . you’re
likely to get the rod tip right in the grass,if you’re doing it in the lawn for example. So stand up on a bucket, or get up on a chair
or something, you know, a little bit higherup so you can practice it at home. But get that rod tip down closer to the water. That’s the key to this thing. Now, you gonna guys. . . probably some of you
guys are gonna ask me about the rod I have. This is a spinnerbait rod. This is a custom rod from Batson Enterprises,
just so you guys know. It’s an Eternity 2 RainShadow blank. That’s why It’s blue. The thing is, it’s a six foot nine rod, not
a longer rod. Some of you guys use seven foot or longer
rods for spinnerbaiting. I like a shorter rod because, specifically,
because of this cast. If you notice, the style of fishing that I’m
doing here, it’s close. I’m not bombing the lure way out there, I’m
doing pinpoint accurate casting. And with a shorter rod, it enables you to
be a lot more accurate and keep that lureway low to the water without the rod tip scraping
the surface of the water. Anyway, guys, it’s gonna take a lotta practice
when you do it. Don’t get frustrated when you first try it
because it takes a while to get that timingdown with your thumb, both when you release
it and when you get it. . . when it enters thewater, to hit. . . to slow that spool down just
right so you get that nice, soft entry. But with time and with practice, you’re gonna
catch a lot more fish with it, especiallyif you’re fishing with a partner who doesn’t
know how to cast this way. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, and for
the answers for all your questions about bassfishing, visit BassResource. com.

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