Captain Steve brings 25 years of bass fishing experience on the Potomac River to columns featured in the BoatUS Trailering Magazine, Sportsman's Magazine, Woods & Waters, and The Old Town Crier. He has also written for the Free Lance Star newspaper, The Mount Vernon Gazette, The Mount Vernon Voice, The American Sportfishing Association and many others. Steve also hosted the National Bass Fishing Radio Show. Capt. Steve is also the BoatUS.com online fishing expert. A U.S. Coast Guard Captain, licensed by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Steve has the opportunity to fish with anglers of all skill levels, including some of the biggest names in pro bass fishing. He is one of the top bass fishing guides in the country. Steve's been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and on TV and radio: BASSMASTERS, BASS TIMES, BASSIN' Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, ESPN and others. He's been: emcee of the St. Jude Children's Hospital Tournament the past 11 years, a member of Boat US Speakers Bureau, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and a member of the American Sportfishing Association. Steve has been awarded an Excellence in Craft award from SEOPA and was the recipient of the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce 2002 and 2003 Home-Based Business of the Year Award. Prior to fishing, Steve's careers included teaching high school algebra and sales of cars, computers and surgical products. He also hosted the longest running all-financial morning radio show in the country and is considered to be "The Father of Business Radio".
Fishing - Casting a Bait Casting Reel
Captain Steve Chaconas with National Bass Guide Service demonstrates casting a bait casting reel.
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Hi! I'm captain Steve Chaconas with National Bass Guide Service. Today we are going to talk about how to cast a baitcasting reel. We have already shown you the key components, and they are very important, the parts of a baicasting reel and learning how to cast one. Again, this is going to revolve around your thumb; being able to control the speed of the spool with your thumb. When you hit the button on the spool, it releases the spool, and the spool rotates and you reel it up and do it again, but again, push the button, that releases the spool; let your thumb barely touch that spool to control the speed of that spool, and educate your thumb as to what it feels like to have that spool revolving past your thumb - and slowing it down, stopping it, slowing it down and stopping it till you really educate that thumb, and it may become second nature. Otherwise, if this thing goes uncontrolled, you end up with a backlash with line that gets all looped up and nerved like that then you have to learn how to get rid of those. And hopefully, I don't have to show you that because that could get kind of complicated. What I want you to do is, I want you to hold the rod out horizontally from your body, bring the bait up to the tip of the rod, push the button, and slowly allow that spool to let the line out by controlling the speed of that spool with your thumb.
So again, do this several times until you learn what that line feels like going through your thumb; retrieve it back up, start it again and just let that bait drop all the way to the bottom, but feel that spool and that line rotating through your thumb. Once we do that, we are going to go to the next step where we are going to have the rod back here, we are going to push the button, and we are just going to lob it; just try to lob it up, just allow that line to pull through your thumb. We are now looking to make a cast; we just want to educate our thumb, so we learn how that feels, so we can control the speed of the spool. And eventually, we are going to make longer casts, but everything is a lob; we are just lobbing it straight up, trying to get this thing a little further away to educate our thumb, to feel what that thumb feels like with that spool revolving underneath our thumb.
Once we get the hang of it, we are going to make a cast thats basically off our shoulder; we are going to make a cast off our shoulder a little bit further. Start to get the feel of what this feels like, and eventually, once you get the hang of doing this, we are going to let the rod load up behind us and use that rod, and to cast that bait forward. Aim at your target, point your rod where you are going, and you won't have any problems. Coming up next, we will show you another technique of casting a baitcaster, and that's a technique that's called pitching, that's for closed end fishing, that's coming up next.