Posted 06 October 2004 - 03:40 PM
Being a keen beach fisherman I like to think a can lob a lead a fair distance, until that is when I saw a guy down Chesil recently pendulum casting, I thought the dude was going to hit the French coast!!! . I've seen articles in sea angler but a picture seqence dosn't explain properly how to achieve a good safe cast. Anyone got any tips, and how many of you can actully pendulum cast???
Posted 06 October 2004 - 04:03 PM
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Posted 06 October 2004 - 04:34 PM
Second, Keith is absolutely right, if you see somebody: ask.
Third, I've found the picture sequences lacking, perhaps moreso now I know what I am supposed to be doing.
Lastly, some while back I invested in the Neil Mackellow casting video, and I reckon it paid for itself in the tackle and line I stopped losing due to my previously misguided attempts.
Can I prendulum cast? Well, it's a version of it, not too tiring, comfortable, safe and most importatntly, it works for me.
Posted 06 October 2004 - 04:49 PM
All I can say is that I don't see anybody on Chesil casting any further than I am at the time.
I think I get furthest when casting off the ground, but with a breakaway lead, you risk pulling the wires back and with a pulley rig and impact leads, you have no option but to keep it off the ground.
[ 06. October 2004, 11:50 AM: Message edited by: Jim Roper ]
Posted 06 October 2004 - 04:55 PM
Posted 06 October 2004 - 04:58 PM
also, thicker line, different riggs make significant difference, a single bait properly fastned upo behind the lead goes much further than three rag worms on paternosters.
But saying that, as mentioned above, distance isn't everything and a lob 30 - 40 yards out from a pier may still cast over many of the fish you may be targetting.
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Posted 06 October 2004 - 05:04 PM
I just started with the pendelum, Its easyish to do a pendelum, conversley its bloody difficult to do a good one and get any distance from it. Ive been practicing for almost 8 weeks and can cast perhaps 10 yards further than my very first cast which was roughly 140 yards.
I here patience is a virtue.
Posted 06 October 2004 - 05:30 PM
What's a pendulum? Basically, imagine looking down on a right-handed caster from above and him being at the centre of a clockface with the sea at '6 o'clock'.
Step a)You stand facing 11 & swing the lead out towards 1 so that it ends up at nearly the same height as the rod tip....
....then swing back to somewhere between 3&5 and high up....
C) ...then turn through 9 and towards 6 and release.
As the lead goes through step C it moves from being high up at 5 to just off the beach around 12, then up over your shoulder as per an overhead thump/off the ground. Hence the common complaint of 'hitting the ground' as it goes through 12.
In a nutshell, the pendulum is a way of starting an 'off the ground' with the rod already compressed, and removes the need for the rig & weight to be one the beach. ie. you can pendulum anywhere that there's room, rocks, empty piers, beaches etc.
When performing a backcast with the left hand up the rod, the rod tip & lead do pretty much the same as a pendulum above, the only difference being the body position and speed of the cast. It is harder to backcast as fast as a pendulum, but physically easier as you pull with your arms rather than push, so backcasters can use longer rods to get the same tip speed.