I haven't been able to do much fishing the last few weeks but when I did fish , it was very apparent that the Redfish were amongst the mullet schools and to keep from spooking the mullet, I had to anchor up a considerable distance away, (approximately 40 yards). Therefore a long accurate cast was in order, if I wanted to catch those Redfish. Here are my thoughts on what it takes to make long casts.
It helps considerably if you are a pretty good caster. Especially if you can consistently cast over 100 feet.
Always keep the wind at your back !!
When casting long distances it really helps to load up your rod. Leave 4' - 5' of leader off the end of your rod tip. Bring your lure or bait all the way behind you to get maximum rod speed and a smoother cast. Then load your rod, really let it go, ( a hard cast forward ) and release the line off your finger at about 45 degrees . If it is windy, keep the wind behind you and release the line from your finger @ 50 - 60 degrees, for an even longer cast.
If you are using jigs and soft plastics, up the size of your jighead ( go from an 1/8th oz to a 1/4 oz or a 3/8th oz ). You have to move the heavier jighead a bit faster to keep it out of the grass.
If you are using live bait, freelining, add a split shot , just above the line to hook knot. I carry size # 7 (small),# 5, # 4, # 3, # 2, and # 1 (large). I use whatever size it takes to get my lure or bait in the right area.
I use only 10# Braid, which gives me the best chance to not only cast far but I have a very good chance of landing even very large fish. Keep your drag set @ 3 - 4 lbs.
For the past 2 years I have been using Spinning rods that are 8 feet long and with medium light action. There are 3 rods that I have been using: Ohero 4# - 12# @ $64.20, Shimano Teramar 8# -17# @ $120.00 and a Daiwa Saltiga 8# - 17# @ $160.00. They are very light and with a 2500 or 3000 series Spinning reel you cast allot , cover more water, catch more fish and not wear yourself out in the process. If you convert to 8 foot rods , you will have a blast when you do catch those really big Redfish Trout and Snook.