Paul Hatton says: “When it comes to picking the right tackle for long-range fishing, many people are led to believe that they can cast further when using longer rods with the highest test curve possible; not true I’m afraid!
“If you can’t compress these rods they will only hinder you so bear this in mind before you part with your hard earned. I have seen people cast great distances with rods of only 3lb test curve and it’s all about what suits you. I like to use a length of heavy Gardner Kinetic braid for a shockleader, near zero-stretch means that the force that you exert is put right through the rod giving the best compression. I also like to use reels that have a large spool filled to the brim with line lay that is tapered from back to front, this reduces resistance when you’re casting. Personally, I use 10lb HydroFLO for all my long-range fishing. It casts better than any line I have ever used and unlike most, it has a limited amount of stretch which aids bite indication and line pick up when you get a bite at distance.
“I think most people would say that helicopter rigs cast better than anything else and I would agree. Using a lead that is front end heavy will increase stability in flight meaning more distance and accuracy. A heavier lead doesn’t mean a bigger cast as too much weight will slow your cast and tip speed down. Stay within the capabilities of the rod being used but experiment to see what works best.”