How to Cast Light Lures

We’ve all been there at some point. It’s the only day you got off and you head out with your rod to try to get in a few hours fishing. The weather isn’t bad, maybe a little windy.

You tie on a new lure you got and brace for your first cast, only to have your lure fall short of your intended target. It happens to everyone.

This article is going to walk you through everything you need to know to cast a light lure far.

To cast a light lure, you need:

  1. The right equipment
  2. The correct length rod
  3. The right size line
  4. Add some weights
  5. Focus on your technique
  6. Keep the wind at your back.

The Right Equipment

The concept on this one is pretty straightforward: You’ll be able to cast your lure further if there’s less resistance against it. Which is why your lure isn’t the only thing that should be lightweight. The rest of your equipment: the rod and the reel, should also either be lightweight or ultralight weight.

Beginners often tend to go with general-purpose equipment combinations that are bulkier. However, if you’re looking to catch a rainbow trout and not a catfish, your best bet would be to go with something lighter. 

Monofilament and nanofilament spooled reels are usually preferred since the diameter corresponds to the weight of the reel (the less the diameter, the more lightweight the reel).

Another thing to consider would be the length of the rod. The length of the rod is directly proportional to the distance covered by the lure. To put this into context: An eight-foot rod with a 1/8 ounce lure attached to it can cover a distance of seven to eight feet pretty easily. 

Adding Weights

Weights (or sinkers) are commercial or DIY objects added at the end of lures to increase their weights. While it might sound counterproductive having to add a weight when you’ve just been told to go with lighter equipment, a weight is necessary to cast the lure further without being overly bulky and hindering your casting technique. 

A sinker can help cast your lure further as well as sink the lure deeper and increase your reach for fish by a substantial amount. Weights are generally recommended to be added onto lures for all types of fishing – more so with light lures.

Improving Your Technique

How to Cast Light Lures

This one comes from experience. 

Most beginners like to hold their lure off of a foot from the reel as they cast it into a body of water. While this might seem like an easier thing to do, it also keeps you from casting your lure as further away as you would have wanted. 

For example, if you hold your lure a foot off from the end of the reel, the arc you form as you catapult the lure into the river would be a foot or more, and therefore it would be cast just the same. 

Take your time with this: the next time you go fishing, increase the distance to two feet, then three, and so on. You will notice that by increasing the distance, you are able to increase the load on your reel and catapult it further.

Be wary of weather conditions on the day you’re out fishing. It doesn’t take a thunderstorm to be able to decide which way to cast and where. The most important weather condition to consider is the slightest wind blowing. 

Make sure you cast your reel in the direction of the wind instead of against it. Again, to cast your light lure as far as possible, you will need to eliminate any resistance against it – including the wind. 

It goes without saying – practice makes perfect. You do not have to perfect your technique right off the get go. Be comfortable with your equipment, technique, and conditions. Take it up a notch each time you go out fishing and you will see noticeable results. 

Casting Light Lures With Bait casters

1. The Right Equipment

When it comes to casting light lures with a bait casters, you’ll need to have the right bait casting equipment. The same concept applies, you’ll need lighter equipment to cast the lure as far away as possible. 

The right equipment in this case would be a lighter bait casting reel and a light spool. An important thing to consider here is that you’ll want to have as much line on your spoon as possible. This might be counter productive with casting your line too far. 

However, if you cast a line too long then you risk tangles in the spool. Something a beginner would not want to go through each time they’re casting a line. 

Next comes the rod: go for a medium power rod that has a fast action tip. Light lures require rods that have more bend in them. The bend helps in catapulting the line into the river or wherever you’re fishing. It creates more of an arc and helps in casting the lure further into the body of water. 

2. Which Fishing Line Should You Use

How to Cast Light Lures

Avid anglers would recommend against using fluorocarbon fishing lines because they do not cast as well as braided ones. A fluorocarbon fishing line has more memory, and many beginners use it to get comfortable with fishing. 

However, you would eventually want to make the transition to braided ones for better throw. Once your technique improves, you can make the leap onto a monofilament line which has a relatively better throw.

3. How to Cast With a Bait caster

Lastly, we’ll be talking about technique. Everyone works at their own pace and everyone has their own technique. However, if nothing else has worked for you, this might:

Double the slack that you would have normally used to cast and put your thumb at the spool. Bait casters are more automatic than other casters and you’ll need to click the button for casting. 

Next, use one hand to place the rod parallel to the surface and once the slack has been eliminated, lob it off using your wrist. Finally, press onto the spool with your thumb once the lure hits the water.

Casting Light Lures With Spin Casters

Casting with spin casters is a lot less technique sensitive than casting with bait casters. Spin casters are a lot more manual, however, which might be a hindrance in casting as far away as you would have liked. 

However, if you pair up the right lightweight spincast with a light line and a light rod, you’ll cast your light lure as far as you want it to go. 

Again, choosing the right equipment makes all the difference – you will need to pair your equipment wisely, make do with the tips you just read about, and attach a weight onto your lure to give it a better throw. 

General Rules to Follow

How to Cast Light Lures

Pair up your equipment wisely. Go for rods, reels, spools, and lures that all fit the same general category in weight. In this case, go for either light weight or ultralight weight equipment.

The diameter of the line is related to the weight of it which in turn is related to how far it will cast. For example; a monofilament line will cast further since it weighs less.

Hold the lure more than two to three feet from the end of the line. Perfect your technique one step at a time: go from one foot to two and then to three.

Picture this: You’re essentially catapulting the lure into the body of water and as you pull it back ready to cast, you form an arc with your equipment – a bigger arc, more casting distance.

Take your time to perfect your technique.


Fishing is one of the world’s oldest and most beloved activities, and it has manifested its way into several different walks of life. Some anglers prefer fishing as a leisure activity, while some look at it for their livelihood. 

Whatever the case might be, fishing is technique sensitive and requires practice to perfect. Casting a light lure as far as possible can be achieved by time, technique, and patience.

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