Because of the most recent advancements in rods, reels and fishing lines, it is currently possible to cast your lures by as much as 30 feet farther. So why would you want to cast farther? Here are a few reasons why.

1.) You can connect with schooling bass before you get too close or before they disperse.

2.) In gin clear water, you can stay away while casting to spooky bass.

3.) A longer distance will help your crankbaits get down faster and will help them stay in the strike zone longer which may result in more strikes.

4.) You can cover water more thoroughly.

Bigger and Heavier Baits

Bigger and heavier lures will cast farther. Try to pick the heaviest lure that will appeal to the bass you are trying to catch. This is no problem for deep cranking because the big billed crankbaits usually weigh more than ¾ ounce or more. Pencil like topwater lures are great for casting long distances as well as big jerkbaits because many of these lures now have an internal weight system that prevents lures from helicoptering on a hard cast.

Other top choices are lipless crankbaits, jigging spoons and big spinnerbaits.

Even when you need to cast smaller lures, you can still achieve longer casts with the right equipment.

Long Rods

Longer rods will help you cast farther. Most tournaments allow rods up to 8 feet long. An old complaint for many anglers used to be that longer rods weigh more, however with the new advancement of lighter materials and micro guides, longer rods are now lighter than ever.

Do micro guides help with casting distance?

Some anglers claim that micro guides help them throw up to 30 feet farther, however some claim that they cause line friction and reduce casting distance. So the verdict is still out.

We do know however micro guides don’t perform well on spinning rods, which must have larger guides to help with the line loops that peel of the reel.

A long handle is also necessary for longer casts. A long handle will allow you to use two hands to apply enough force to fully load the rod. Make sure to have the right rod for the right type of lure.For instance a 7 foot heavy action rod is not good for throwing a tiny lure.

Big Spools

A low profile baitcasting reel with a small spool is light and ergonomic but it is not the right reel for distance casting because the spool can’t hold enough line. As the line peels off a low-capacity reel, the spool's working diameter quickly decreases. The spool must accelerate, which causes drag. It will also increase backlashes.

The working width of a large spool does not cause as much drag during long casts. Furthermore, since the spool's width remains bigger, your retrieve speed stays steady from start to finish.

Reel Brake Controls

To get the most distance from your reel you must adjust the brake controls on your reel. Most reels come with a dual braking system. One brake is on one side of the reel and one is on the other. Tighten or loosen the brakes to make sure your lure does not peel off line so fast that the spool over spins and causes a backlash. You want the lure to come off the spool at a slow to medium speed.

Baitcaster brakeCredit: mike sherman

Today's baitcasting reels have great anti-backlash controls but what works for one angler may not work for another. Find a reel that works for you and stick with the brand of reels.


Monofilament is the most manageable but on a long cast it will stretch when setting the hook. What good is a long cast if you can’t get the hook to penetrate the fish’s jaw. Fluorocarbon is not as stretchy , while it may not cast as far, it will make sure that on a long cast your able to get the hook to penetrate the fish’s mouth. Braided line is also not stretchy and many anglers claim they can cast farther with it.

Leave out some line

When casting, make sure to leave about 18 to 24 inches between the rod tip and your lure. You can cast several feet farther by whipping the lure and giving it much more momentum. Be careful not to hook anyone when doing this!