Want to improve your casting distances and accuracy?

Sunday 3 April

Want to improve your casting distances and accuracy?

Can you cast over 100 metres? You can do it easily with help from us. We had a junior who set casting records of 100 metres for 112 gram, and 97 metres for 56 gram when he was only 12. And he was not big for his age. Some adults regularly cast over 150 metres.

People who would like to see how it is possible to cast such long distances, how to cast accurately, and get some tips and tutition can come to the Surf Casting and Angling Club's dry casting day on Sunday 3 April.

Where:- Yokine Reserve, Wordsworth Avenue, Yokine. Competition starts at 8:30am, but club members are there from around 7:30am onwards for setup and practice.



Dry Casting is long distance casting and accuracy casting on a grassed area, where the distances and the accuracy can be measured.

We've all met the difficult situations where the water is rough, the wind is strong in your face or coming from one side, you need to land the sinker in a sand hole near reefs, cast a bait in front of a school of fish, avoid tangling with the person next to you, the person next to you is casting a bit further and catching all the fish, and so on. With the right gear and skills, you can fish almost anywhere and in almost any conditions.

You don't need any special gear to start dry casting. Many people use their regular fishing gear, particularly for the accuracy casting.

We can show you how to get the best out of your own fishing gear if you would like to bring it along. We can give advice on different rods and reels and show how these can go together, and also let you try out casting with different rod and reel combinations to find one that suits your fishing needs and your size and physical strength. This is important for the ladies and juniors, and those of us who aren't as young as we used to be, or for people who are struggling to cast the distances they want to.

Our visitors always get a lot of useful and practical tips, and often add 10 to 30 metres to their casts on the first day - and, no, we don't catch many fish at drycasting, but those skills certainly help when we go fishing.

After the competition and the lessons for the visitors, we get together over a sausage sizzle and soft drinks, and talk about anything to do with fishing and casting.

The Club has an airconditioned house in Kalbarri available for rent to public and members. Club members get a big discount on rates paid by the public. http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/KalbarriHouseMain.html

Be in the draw for one year's free Club membership. In the second draw to be held in late June 2011, all members who have been accepted into the club between July 2010 and June 2011 will be in a draw to receive 1 year's free membership, valued at up to $120. http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/index.html#Free

Check the Club's website http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/ for other Club activities. PM / email me or the Surf Casting and Angling Club's Secretary or phone 9209 2117 for more information.

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Cool!I remember the day like

Sat, 2011-04-02 12:40

Cool!

I remember the day like it was yesterday when Dad and I were fishing up at Quobba. There were these two blokes there who'd come across from NSW - their patch was around Eden. They'd come across to find mackies from shore.

Anyhoo - there were me and Dad spinning with eggbeaters, lobbing white leadhead jigs out, these blokes rocked up with overheads on long rods and were doubling us - they were casting out as far as our balloons! We were gobsmacked. They showed us a thing or two and bam, it was overheads all the way from then on, practising down the oval etc and then next trip we were matching their kinds of casting, and getting more fish from it.

Terry does this include flycasting?

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Practice

Sat, 2011-04-02 13:37

Its good to see that these events are being held and are open to the general public. A lot can be learned from someone who has that little bit extra knowledge on casting long distances.

Never forget, was driving on Hamelin bay when we spotted a school of salmon a fair way offshore, another ute pulled up along side and three bloke jumped out grabbed their big surf rods and raced down the beach and cast out. One commented as he went past that "I wouldn't be able to reach them with the rod I'd picked up", mate said "you might just eat your words".

They had run down and were belly deep in the surf trying unsuccessfully to reach the fish while I was some 20 metres up the beach behind the ute, first cast with the 7.6in Ugly stick and Abu 6500 and chrome slice went a good 15 metres behind the school and hooked up as the lure reached the fish.

No more comments from the three blokes on casting ability.

Maybe they would be candidates for some casting lesson, who knows?

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 I've had exactly the same

Sat, 2011-04-02 14:15

 I've had exactly the same experience, and with the Abu 6500C ! haha!

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Overheads rule for casting,

Sat, 2011-04-02 14:16

Overheads rule for casting, but mind you, I've also had my share of snapped-off lures and birds nests!

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Rifle shots

Sat, 2011-04-02 14:25

Usually referred to as rifle shots, because if you do it "properly" thats what it sounds like.

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Abu

Sat, 2011-04-02 14:26

I love o/h reels for the beach, Being a lefty i use ABU 6501 and 7001 on 10 ft rod's.

Must say i outcast most of my mates, but had to practice when i first started using them.

Had many bird's nest's at first but soon got the hang of it.

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EwanIt does not cover

Sat, 2011-04-02 15:01

Ewan

It does not cover flyfishing.

We have a member who can use an overhead, a threadline or a Sea Martin and can put a 112 gram weight down the same distance (within a few metres) using any one of those reels and level line.

Most of the casters use threadlines.  See results in http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html

No shock leaders used in our competition casting. All distances are measured with a laser measurer.

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Yer I dont know about the use

Sat, 2011-04-02 15:08

Yer I dont know about the use of level line. I always use leaders when fishing so why arent you alowd to use them drycasting???

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Coz that's the rules for our

Sat, 2011-04-02 17:23

Coz that's the rules for our Club's dry casting, as agreed by the majority of the Club's members. See http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/ClubRulesMain.html

Needs a smooth casting technique or will break off with light level lines.

There are other forms of dry casting that do allow leaders. That means very strong people have an advantage coz they can just belt it as hard as they like without any danger of breaking off.

Each type of competition has its place.

Bit like saying there are V8s and there are F1 cars and why not allow the F1s to compete with the V8s?.

Coz they are different and the rules are designed to give people more of an even chance.

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rules are rules. But I gather

Sun, 2011-04-03 07:58

rules are rules. But I gather any breaking strain line is allowd?

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hey matewhat type of sinkers

Sat, 2011-04-02 20:03

hey mate

what type of sinkers do you use? i read that its lead, but does it have to be particular?

read that sinkers are 56g? that around 2.5oz?

 

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Nah mate,

Sat, 2011-04-02 20:09

56g is 2oz, 112 is 4oz.

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meant to say around a 2.5 +/-

Sat, 2011-04-02 20:19

meant to say around a 2.5 +/- size sinker...

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 lol 2.5 size sinkers are 2.5

Sat, 2011-04-02 20:54

 lol 2.5 size sinkers are 2.5 ounce though aren't they? 

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i weighed a size 8 snapper

Sat, 2011-04-02 21:46

i weighed a size 8 snapper lead and it came to 6.5oz

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 haha. Did you use dodgy

Sat, 2011-04-02 21:59

 haha. Did you use dodgy scales or did you use gosnells scales (to the third decimal place).

I always thought they went by weight :/ 

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food scales...1kg went one kg

Sat, 2011-04-02 22:09

food scales...
1kg went one kg and same with 2kg

:S

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Sounds more like dodgy

Sun, 2011-04-03 07:57

Sounds more like dodgy sinkers. Have bought star sinkers and weighed them before, some were over weight and some/most were under. A couple were right.

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They are, just sounds like

Sun, 2011-04-03 08:09

They are, just sounds like someone cheaped out and put some other metals in the lead to cheap out!

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I know where you bought those

Mon, 2011-04-04 16:57

I know where you bought those sinkers DieHard and your exactly right!! the 8's weight 6.5!!! Really pissed me off.

Havent come across that anywhere else and 8s should always weigh 8oz but consistently at said store weight 6.5

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Annoyed I missed this...

Mon, 2011-04-04 17:00

Annoyed I missed this... gained a fair bit of distance switching to overheads then practicing but seem to have reached a limit with the technique im using.

Hope to make the next one and improve my technique

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Have you tried

Tue, 2011-04-05 07:26

Have you tried degreasing/reoiling your bearings and swapping out the centrifugal brakes?? Did on my penn torque and it cast a noticable distance further. I use quantum hot sauce.

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yea mate I have. And your

Tue, 2011-04-05 09:47

yea mate I have. And your right that did help a fair bit!

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The club makes its own

Tue, 2011-04-05 08:45

The club makes its own casting weights, but any "sinker" can be used provided it weighs less than 56 grams or 112 grams.

Any breaking strain line is allowed, but the same line must be used right down to the short leader on the casting rig. Heavier lines cut down on the distance that can be cast. No shock leaders allowed.

The results for the March and April dry casting days have been posted on the website.

See http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html#Mar2011

Both days had strong easterly heads winds, so all these distances were cast into the wind.

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ah thats a shame its only

Tue, 2011-04-05 09:59

ah thats a shame its only light weights and no leaders. Would take alot of skill to be casting like that but doesnt really suit the kinda fishing alot of ppl would be doing and probably requires a slightly different technique. Still be interesting to watch I guess...

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There are plenty of

Tue, 2011-04-05 10:58

There are plenty of situations where a 4 ounce weight, lure or popper is plenty heavy enough off the beach or rocks.

Being able to cast a weighted popper well over 100 plus metres AND land it right where you want to is a great advantage when the salmon schools are hanging out off the shore.

And there's no problem adapting the casting methods and techniques to casting heavier weights such as 6 to 8 ounces and using heavier lines when the weather and water conditions need that.

The competition we run is about BOTH distance and accuracy, with separate events for those.

But even the distance needs to be reasonably accurate because the weight needs to land inside a V shaped court. Outside that gets no score no matter what the distance.

Next dry casting day is Sunday 1 May

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Want to improve your casting distances and accuracy?

Sat, 2012-02-04 14:25

Drycasting is on again on Sunday 5 February 2012. All details in first post as above if you would like to see how it is done.

Forecast for Sunday is a coolish day (minimum 12, maximum 26 degrees)

We have another mini junior member in the club who can cast nearly 100 metres and he's not yet 11 years old.

Best casts this competition year are:-
56 gram distance, 163 metres
Artificial Bait distance, 161 metres
112 gram distance, 186 metres
Single handed distance, 99 metres.
Double handed accuracy, 167 points out of possible 200
Single handed accuracy, 35 points out of possible 40

All results and distances cast at recent casting days are on the Club's web site at http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html#DC2011

There'll be moderate to fresh E to SE winds, which are direct head winds to 45 degree from the front for where we cast, so February distances will be down.

Future casting days will be on Sunday 11 March 2012 (not the first Sunday, that's a long weekend), 1 April 2012, 6 May 2012, 10 June 2012 (not the first Sunday, that's a long weekend), 1 July 2012, 5 August 2012

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Drycasting Sunday 1 April

Sat, 2012-03-31 07:49

Drycasting is on again Sunday 1 April 2012. All details as above if you would like to see how it is done.

Forecast for this Sunday is a coolish day (minimum 13, maximum 25 degrees)

There'll be light to moderate E to SE winds, which are head winds to 45 degree from the front for where we cast, shifting to SW in the afternoon, so there could be some calm periods and good distances cast.

You don't need any special gear to start dry casting. Many people use their regular fishing gear, particularly for the accuracy casting. We can show you how to get the best out of your own fishing gear if you bring it along.

Competition casting starts at 8:30am, but club members are there from around 7:00am onwards for setup and practice. Get there early if you want help.

All results and distances cast at recent casting days are on the Club's web site at http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html#DC2011

Future casting days will be on 6 May 2012, 10 June 2012 (not the first Sunday, that's a long weekend), 1 July 2012, 5 August 2012

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Dry casting Sunday 6 May

Fri, 2012-05-04 11:40

Drycasting is on again Sunday 6 May 2012. All details as above if you would like to see how it is done.

Best casts in April were:-

Peter Pekaar has a pending record for 112 gram distance of 192.94 metres. Great effort, Peter.
Veterans, George Holman, 176 metres using 112 grams
Mini Juniors, Morgan Keet, 93 metres using 112 grams

Forecast for this Sunday is a coolish day (minimum 13, maximum 22 degrees)

There'll be light to moderate NW to SW winds, which are tail winds to 45 degrees from behind for where we cast, so there could be some good distances cast.

You don't need any special gear to start dry casting. Many people use their regular fishing gear, particularly for the accuracy casting. We can show you how to get the best out of your own fishing gear if you bring it along.

Competition casting starts at 8:30am, but club members are there from around 7:00am onwards for setup and practice. Get there early if you want help.

All results and distances cast at recent casting days are on the Club's web site at http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html#Mar2012

Future casting days will be on 10 June 2012 (not the first Sunday, that's a long weekend), 1 July 2012, 5 August 2012

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Drycasting is on again Sunday

Fri, 2012-06-29 17:37

Drycasting is on again Sunday 1 July 2012. All details as above if you would like to see how it is done.

Best casts in June were:-

Peter Pekaar, 165 metres using 112 grams
Veterans, George Holman, 146 metres using 112 grams
Mini Juniors, Morgan Keet, 94 metres using 112 grams

In May, 10 year old Morgan cast 102.55 metres with 112 gram (Club mini junior record) and 98.04 metres with 56 gram (Club and State Mini junior record)

Forecast for this Sunday is a coolish day (minimum 6, maximum 21 degrees)

There'll be light variable winds, so there could be some good distances cast.

You don't need any special gear to start dry casting. Many people use their regular fishing gear, particularly for the accuracy casting. We can show you how to get the best out of your own fishing gear if you bring it along.

Competition casting starts at 8:30am, but club members are there from around 7:00am onwards for setup and practice. Get there early if you want help.

All results and distances cast at recent casting days are on the Club's web site at http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html#DC2012

Future casting days will be on 5 August 2012, 9 September 2012 (not the first Sunday, that's Fathers' Day)

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Drycasting is on Sunday 5 August

Fri, 2012-08-03 14:59

Drycasting is on again Sunday 5 August 2012 at Yokine Reserve, Wordsworth Avenue. All details as above if you would like to see how it is done.

Best casts in July were:-

Peter Pekaar, 168 metres using 112 grams
Veterans, George Holman, 141 metres using 112 grams
Mini Juniors, Morgan Keet, 86 metres using 56 grams

Forecast for this Sunday is a coolish day (minimum 7, maximum 20 degrees, a shower or two)

Coastal waters forecast is NE to NW winds, 10 to 15 knots in the morning, going to NW 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon, so likely to be a lot lighter at Yokine and there could be some good distances cast if the wind cooperates.

You don't need any special gear to start dry casting. Many people use their regular fishing gear, particularly for the accuracy casting. We can show you how to get the best out of your own fishing gear if you bring it along.

Competition casting starts at 8:30am, but club members are there from around 7:00am onwards for setup and practice. Get there early if you want help.

All results and distances cast at recent casting days are on the Club's web site at http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html#DC2012

Future casting days will be on 9 September 2012 (not the first Sunday, that's Fathers' Day), 7 October, 4 November.

TerryF

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Drycasting is on Sunday 9 September

Fri, 2012-09-07 14:05

Drycasting is on again Sunday 9 September 2012 at Yokine Reserve, Wordsworth Avenue. All details as above if you would like to come and see how it is done.

Best casts in August were Peter Pekaar, 166.4 metres using 112 grams, Veterans, Bob Henderson, 145.1 metres using 112 grams

Forecast for this Sunday is a warm Spring day (minimum 10, maximum 28 degrees) with winds Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning north to northwesterly in the afternoon.

You don't need any special gear to start dry casting. Many people use their regular fishing gear, particularly for the accuracy casting. We can show you how to get the best out of your own fishing gear if you bring it along.

Competition casting starts at 8:30am, but club members are there from around 7:00am onwards for setup and practice. Get there early if you want help.

All results and distances cast at recent casting days are on the Club's web site at http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html#DC2012

Future casting days will be on 7 October, 4 November, 2 December

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When I was a young tacker I

Fri, 2012-09-07 15:22

When I was a young tacker I would go down the park and practice practice and practice casting, ppl must have thought I was mad.......well all fisho's are a little mad ;P 

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Drycasting is on again Sunday

Fri, 2012-10-05 15:23

Drycasting is on again Sunday 7 October 2012 at Yokine Reserve, Wordsworth Avenue. All details as above if you would like to come and see how it is done or have a cast.

Best casts in September were Peter Pekaar, 170 metres using 112 grams, Veterans, George Holman, 140 metres using 112 grams

Forecast for this Sunday is a warm Spring day (minimum 12, maximum 23 degrees) with winds South to Southwesterly.

You don't need any special gear to start dry casting. Many people use their regular fishing gear, particularly for the accuracy casting. We can show you how to get the best out of your own fishing gear if you bring it along.

Competition casting starts at 8:30am, but club members are there from around 7:00am onwards for setup and practice. Get there early if you want help.

All results and distances cast at recent casting days are on the Club's web site at http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html#DC2012

Future casting days will be on Sundays 4 November and 2 December then 6 January 2013

AAAWA State Drycasting Championships will be at the same place Sunday 28 October

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Drycasting is on again Sunday

Fri, 2012-11-02 08:14

Drycasting is on again Sunday 4 November 2012 at Yokine Reserve, Wordsworth Avenue. All details as above if you would like to come and see how it is done or have a cast.

Best casts in October were Peter Pekaar, 187 and 184 metres using 112 grams, Veterans, Ron Thomas, 163 and 161 metres using 112 grams

Forecast for this Sunday is a wet winter day:- 13 to 18 degress, cloudy, showers heavy at times with isolated thunderstorms. Winds northwesterly 20 to 25 km/h turning westerly 25 to 35 km/h during the morning.

You don't need any special gear to start dry casting. Many people use their regular fishing gear, particularly for the accuracy casting. We can show you how to get the best out of your own fishing gear if you bring it along.

Competition casting starts at 8:30am, but club members are there from around 7:00am onwards for setup and practice. Get there early if you want help with casting.

All results and distances cast at recent casting days are on the Club's web site at http://www.surfcasters.iinet.net.au/DrycastingMain.html#DC2012

Future casting days will be on Sundays 2 December, 6 January and 3 February 2013

TerryF
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