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PITCH CASTING


If you are serious about bass fishing, it is essential that you learn the art of pitch casting.

What is pitching?

Pitch casting is an especially effective technique when bass are holding tight to cover, and a quiet precise presentation is an order. Pitching for bass is a casting technique in which the angler holds the bait in one hand and the rod in the other. For instance if you are right handed you would hold the rod with your right hand and strip out about five to six feet of line, holding your bait in your left hand. Using your right wrist to impart all the action into the cast, you literally pitch the bait while you release it with your left hand. Note, if you are left handed you would do the exact opposite, although if you really master this technique you should be able to pitch with either hand. Another thing you need to understand is that the hand holding the bait really does not do anything except hold and release the bait. The wrist you hold your rod with is where all the action is generated. Your goal with this type of casting technique is to time the release of the bait in such a manner that it stays right above the surface of the water. The reason for this is two fold. One, this type of pitch cast with the bait staying low to the water allows you to get the bait tight into and underneath cover such as docks and over-hanging trees, where often times big bass are hiding. Secondly, it allows for a quiet presentation with minimal splash as the bait enters the water, which is your other main goal when pitching bass.

How to practice?

The best way to practice the pitch cast is to go out on your back or front lawn with about 4 or five small paper plates. Place the paper plates at various distances ranging from 10 to 25 or 30 feet and weigh them down so they don't blow away. Now get a stool to stand on, so as to simulate what it will be like as you are pitching from the deck of your boat or from the elevated position on shore if you are shore fishing. Simply practice pithing the bait onto these paper plates at their various distances until you can easily land it on the paper plate at any distance. Remember the key is to keep the bait close to the ground not pitched way up in the air. Once you have mastered this you can make it more challenging by placing the paper plate underneath a lawn chair or a bench and trying to land it on the plate. This will help you when you are on the water trying to pitch cast underneath structure. Also it will force you to keep the bait close to the surface of the water while pitching.

Pitching Equipment.

Most anglers like to use a longer rod when making pitch casts. I recommend using nothing less than a 6'6" rod. I prefer to use a rod about 7' in length and many anglers go longer than that. You just have to experiment and find a length you are comfortable with. Also since pitching is usually done in and around heavy cover you will do well to opt for a medium heavy to heavy action rod. As far as reels go, I prefer a bait casting reel with a really free spool, meaning the line comes off really fast. One reel that gets good reviews among many anglers when it comes to pitching is the Diawa tdx103. Some anglers prefer to pitch with a spinning reel, which is fine just make sure it can handle the heavy line that will be required when fishing in heavy cover.

In summary pitching is a great way to get back into places where bass hide which are inaccessible to conventional casting techniques. Just remember it takes lots of practice to become proficient. So next time you are bored and can't get out on the water grab your pitching rod, head out to the backyard and practice. You will be glad you did. Click here to learn more on how to fish for bass.