Precise Feeder Casting: How to Hit the Mark

It is no secret that in any fishing with bait, whether the feeder, float or ice fishing, feeding accuracy is important. When the bait is at one spot, there is a fish food competition, excitement, its activity is greatly increased — which has a very positive impact on biting.

In case of a feeder fishing, casting accuracy is important because a small amount of bait. If, due to inaccurate casts, the bait is blurred, then there is no enough bait at each feeding site. Small fish could be still interested in such feeding sites, but big fish will definitely not.

Big fish have a rational behaviour, it is simply not interested in collecting rare grains of bait. Energy wasted will be higher than that of the grains eaten. But when on a compact site, ideally — on one square meter, there is a lot of delicious food (and constantly adding new portions), then the school of fat guys will delay there for a while.

So, our task is to cast the feeder as accurately as possible. And if there are almost no problems with the casting distance (it is fixed on the spool with a clip), the right-left spread of casts have often become an issue.

Tips, that we have, are quite simple. To put them into practice, you just need enough perseverance and care.

1. The first thing that everyone knows — choose a target for casting. Some tree on the other side of the river, for example. However, a landmark itself does not help to cast accurately. Use it only to benchmark whether your cast was successful or not.

2. Do not rush. Quietly pull the rod back, strictly behind the head, and with smooth, but strong enough movement, send feeder into the flight.

3. Part of the line from the rod tip to the feeder must always be the same. The discord in that does not contribute to the accuracy of the cast.

4. When fishing with the side wind or front wind increase the cast force. Do not be afraid of shooting the feeder, because if you follow the basic rule of feeder casting — after the cast, during the flight of the feeder, lift the fishing rod straight up — no shootings will occur.

5. The more shots — the greater the accuracy. Hands memorize the correct move, and things are starting to get automatically. Those pseudo feeder anglers that don’t make a starting feeding, casting the feeder only after the bite, have less throws during a fishing session than that of a competent angler. Less casts leave no ability to learn anything.

6. An important advice that somehow has been very hard to follow. If your cast turned bad, and the feeder is clearly flying in the wrong direction —  do not let it fall to the bottom. After splashdown immediately pull it back, the food at the same time will wash near the surface, and you will not blur the feeding spot. Any food away from the main feeding spot do not benefit your fishing. In addition, pull back immediately after casting, strengthens your  psychological discipline, helping to gather, aim, and hit the mark with the next cast.