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How To Cast Light Lures with a Baitcaster | Bass Fishing

How To Cast Light Lures with a Baitcaster | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here with,
and a common question that we get on the forums is, how do I cast light baits (lures) on baitcasting
gear? So, today I’m gonna show you just how to do
that. First, I wanna talk about the rod. What you want is a medium power rod with a
moderate to fast action tip. It’s gonna look something like this, okay? It’s got this nice flexible bend in it, actually
quite a bit, quite a bit of bend in it with this real limber tip. That’s gonna help fling that bait out for
you. You’re gonna use the rod to cast the bait,
not your power. So we’ll get to that in just a second. But before you do that, with your baitcaster,
what you wanna do is first of all take the magnetic brakes all way off. Magnetic brakes are here on the palm side
of your reel. Then what you wanna do is to press the button
and let your bait drop till it hits the ground. Just let it drop all the way. And then when it hits, your spool is gonna
stop, all right? If it stops just a little bit of line that’s
loose on it, you got it perfect, that’s what you wanna do. So keep adjusting your spool tension knob
until that…until you get that right. You don’t want it to hit and your spool to
keep rolling. Consequently, if you’re…conversely if you
have it too tight, then your bait isn’t gonna drop. So you find that sweet spot. Once you have it set up properly, now you’re
ready to do the cast. Here’s the key, lotta times when you cast
the Texas rigs or heavier baits, you have about that much hanging off the tip, right? Okay, not with light lures. The light lures you wanna about double that. You wanna have… Well not quite double that, but look how much
I got hanging off of it now. It’s…that’s about two feet or so roughly,
that’s what you wanna have hanging off the tip. A lot of extra line hanging off it because
you’re gonna use the weight of the bait to cast. Now when you cast, it’s mostly in your wrist. Really there’s not a whole lotta forearm and
you definitely don’t wanna put your shoulder or arm into it. And if you’re not sure how to do that, a great
way to do that is just take a piece of paper, put it against your body and hold it with
your elbow. Okay, that’s gonna limit your arm movement
because here’s the thing, it seems counterintuitive but you don’t wanna throw it really hard. I know that’s what you wanna do, instinct… You just wanna throw it really hard to get
it out there, but that’s actually counterproductive. That’s what causes all the backlashes and
the problems. Instead, it’s a really light, easy lob cast,
okay? And again, it’s mostly with your wrist. All you’re gonna do is this, just hit the
button and watch my wrist, I’m gonna hold it here with my hand for stability, but it’s
with the wrist. That’s all it is, it’s just nice and easy. Real nice and easy. And when you’re casting, you wanna put your
thumb on the reel lightly, just to feel the reel, and if you feel the line getting loose,
apply a little bit more pressure to slow down that reel, because that’s what causes the
backlash. Gonna show you one more time. Look how far out I can get. Watch this. Look at that, fired it way out there and it
was a real light cast, okay? What you wanna do is just throw it nice and
easy, don’t use a lotta power behind it. Again, I’m gonna show you this real…show
you this one more time. Look at that, okay? Really far, nice and easy cast. Play that again and over and over. You’ll see my arm didn’t move much, my shoulder,
my upper body didn’t roll at all, it was my wrist, all in the wrist. That’s all you gotta do, it takes practice
though, okay? You’re not gonna get it the first time you
try it, I understand that. It’s gonna be a little frustrating for you
at first, keep trying it, keep practicing, use the techniques I just showed you. Make sure you have the right kinda rod first,
and I’m telling you what, you will get it down, I promise you, and you’ll have a lot
more fun, you’ll be able to throw nice light lures like Flukes and Senkos, and those type
of things. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

100 comments on “How To Cast Light Lures with a Baitcaster | Bass Fishing

  1. does that work for a 1.5 square bill? the square bill has more wind resistance than a Texas rigged plastic doesn't it

  2. Thanks for another informative video, Glenn. I do have one question, though. I primarily use reels with centrifugal brakes (Shimano). Should I set my pins for minimum braking?

  3. I wish I had seen this video 12 spools of backlashed birdsnested monofilament nightmare ago.  thanks for the info!

  4. I enjoy all of the videos, you explain in detail so that the technique or situation is easy to try. Thank you and tight lines James C

  5. medium/light rod works real good for me with light lures like 1.0 crank baits. small rapalas..etc with 8LB test line. Thats typically spinning gear time for most guys but I don't like spinning gear so I've figured out how to use lightweight baits with baitcasters and the real trick is the rod. Light action rod will always work the best.
    Ive also found that my medium power moderate action glass rod for crankbaits can really fling little baits pretty well also.
    One thing is for sure though with light lures…if there is any kind of wind at all..DO NOT cast into the wind especially if your breaks are turned way down or off, or its gonna be backlash city no matter what

  6. Thanks for this awesome tip I hope I can use it and catch more fish And I never new u wanted more line for casting light lures

  7. thank you for the very great and helpful tips i really like watching all of your videos i have learned a lot of helpful tips that has made me a better fisher man thank you so much for the awesome videos

  8. I have been telling my friends not to whip it and lob it, but long time spinning guys have a hard time understanding that. You are cheating a bit because that weightless senko shouldn't count as a light lure.

  9. I have never tryed anything lighter than 1/4 oz. on any of my baitcasters. I am going to try it. I have gotten pretty good at getting out backlashes.

  10. Thank you so much for ur help in helping me learn how to cast a baitcaster now I'm going to bass pro shop and buy me two more thank you plz keep up the great work

  11. Hey man, first off great video. Now idk if it's just me but I always feel like I don't get enough distance when I cast my lure regardless if I'm using a jig or any other heavier lure. Do you have any tips on getting more distance in general

  12. Does the reel matter for this? I've got a abu garcia black max reel and was wondering if going with a higher end reel would help cast lighter lures due to the higher end drag systems and better quality components.

  13. hi quick question..what if i dont have medium light road?my rode is for 28lbs….still suitable for light lure?

  14. I struggle casting my light baits at piers when it’s pretty crowded because I can’t take up so much room casting lol

  15. Most reels are capable of casting a weightless senko style bait. Biggest thing is having a rod that loads with whatever weight lure you are using. The reel and line come into play after that. With the sub 3/16oz stuff, a BFS reel is ideal.

  16. Good info , but when baitcaster instructor talk about light lures , most “light lures” that they’re talking about is near the half oz, I’m talking about like as in 0.10 oz , trying to cast it at lest 20 yards

  17. I had a really light popper and would not cast at all and kept getting back lashes bcz I would cast it to hard so I got mad and slammed it on the ground and broke it 😅 I never thought I to turn the brakes off lol

  18. This video was just in time for me. I recently bought two nice bait casting rods and I've been cleaning outbird nets all week. So now i'm ready to go fishing again soon. Thanks so much.

  19. Finally, the secret is out! I have been using a baitcaster to throw light lures for years. I have an old Berkley light action rod with a pfluger reel and 8# mono line. You can get them dialed in to throw am 1/8 oz spinner or crank bait a good distance. Great combo for those days when the bass are picky and you have to finesse things a bit! Best rule, don't try to kill it on the cast!

  20. Why do you turn the magnetic brakes all the way down? Do you turn it up the bigger the bait or somethin?

  21. If I jig a lure like a senko, line will come out of my reel like its drag is loose. But my drag is completely tight. Any tips?

  22. Thx Glen for the video and tip for a rookie baitcaster like me. In the video I noticed you cast with the reel on its side, meaning the spool axis looked like it was perpendiculat to the water. Was that correct what i saw? Cause i tried last weekend for the first time and my spool axle would have been parallel to the water. And of course i did not lob my cast and i got a mess.

    I tried throwing side arm. for me seems to be less likely getting a backlash. Do u think i should throw sidearm, and when i get better , move to your over head cast?

  23. Just be done with it and use spinning gear. Even Gary Yamamoto mostly went to spinning rods/reels. Don't have to worry about backlashing at all

  24. WHY, when attempting to communicate with us via speech, do you play totally unnecessary and distracting MUSIC????????????????????? What purpose does it serve? Yours is NOT a music video!!

  25. I've got 50 years of fishing under my belt, and these videos are a refresher course for me, sometimes we forget the simple things and a reminder is all it takes to get another fish in the boat, thanks for info even if we forget we already knew how to do it

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