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07 Jul 2017
by CARPology
How to add 20 yards to your cast
Go the extra yard with the help of Mark Hutchinson, make that an extra 20 yards

“Sight fishing in the edge or laying little traps under bushes is an awesome style and amazing exciting way of fishing. However, they’re not always close in, and at times they’re a hell of a long way out! Angling pressure is a common reason for the fish to move out to the middle of the pond, but simply the sheer size of a water can mean the fish are at long-range.

“Long-range means different things to different people, but anything past 100yds is a long way and 150yds is extreme-range. So how do you get your bait there accurately with a good presentation? Take a look at the following tips I regularly pass on at casting days…”

Balanced tackle

“This is something I see some anglers get very wrong. To reach the maximum potential of your rods, you must find the right lead size to compress the rod fully. Take some 3, 3.5, 4, and 4.5oz leads out, you may be surprised at which is best. The line you use has a huge effect with thinner diameter line causing less drag and longer casts. However, you may need a shockleader if you’re using big bags or casting extreme ranges.”

Line care

“Big casts put a huge strain on your line and you must keep it in top condition. You will want it to fly through the guides with as little friction as possible so cleaning it is important. Use the new Line Wipes from Thinking Anglers. It leaves no residue or smell and they are purposely designed for the job. Then dress the line with Kryston Greased Lightning which coats the line in a super slick coating.”

Casting technique

“Sea anglers use techniques such as the Uni-Tech and Pendulum, but these are not applicable to carp fishing. The overhead thump will allow casts of over 200yds on carp gear and retain accuracy, but those sorts of distances take a lot of practise. I do run casting days or have a search on YouTube for my casting videos (search ‘Mark Hutchinson Casting’).”

Long range rigs

“Contrary to common belief, Chod Rigs do not cast the furthest. The small hooklink and bait slide up the leader and spin which makes the lead ‘wobble’. Solid PVA bags correctly tied with the lead at the leading edge of the bag will fly the furthest. There is no chance of the hooklink tangling and you have some free offerings out there too! If you are using a leader make sure the rig is safe if the dreaded crack off happens.”

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