What I have learned over the many years of fishing is to really perfect my casting styles and most importantly accuracy. I will always suggest making a long of a cast that you can each and every time, WHY well follow me here for a second if you are fishing on a small pond and each cast hits the center of the pond as you walk around it well, you have pretty much covered all the water of the pond.
What you would do on that pond next is cover it again but with a slightly deeper running bait, again covering a different layer of the pond water. Same goes for being on a lake, when I fish shorelines I don’t only cast along the entire shoreline once, I also remember along the way to cast to my left or right into some deeper water away from shore, this allows me to cover a great deal of water in one pass through.
Fan casting is a great way to get the job done, this is basically placing your casts about 6ft apart from once another in a fan pattern. Easy way to picture this is envisioning a clock, cast to 3 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 1 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 11 o’clock, 10 o’clock, 9 o’clock and so on.
This technique results in an angle casting pattern that covers a great deal of water, make these casts long ones and you are covering even more water !
In windy conditions Try baits that ddon’t have a lot of air drag while being cast, more like aerodynamic baits like crank baits, small vibrax spinners, spoons and spinner baits will have a lot more air resistance when being cast the a smaller shapely bait.
Also try casting with the wind instead of into it, what this does is bring your bait back again the current of the water, this has produced many fish for me over the years. Windy days usually means a little rougher water and rougher water means schools of bait fish are being pushed all over the lake.
When casting near structure focus on the structure and direct spot you want your bait to go to, like hockey never look at the puck look at the net and what corner you want to shoot at.
Practice practice “practice” is what I leave you with in this post, anywhere you can practice even if you are casting in a field it is still practice…
The AMFisH guy…