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How To Cast Light Lures with a Baitcaster | Bass Fishing

January 14, 2020

Hey folks, Glenn May here with,
and a common question that we get on the forums is, how do I cast light baits (lures) on baitcasting
gear? So, today I’m gonna show you just how to do
that. First, I wanna talk about the rod. What you want is a medium power rod with a
moderate to fast action tip. It’s gonna look something like this, okay? It’s got this nice flexible bend in it, actually
quite a bit, quite a bit of bend in it with this real limber tip. That’s gonna help fling that bait out for
you. You’re gonna use the rod to cast the bait,
not your power. So we’ll get to that in just a second. But before you do that, with your baitcaster,
what you wanna do is first of all take the magnetic brakes all way off. Magnetic brakes are here on the palm side
of your reel. Then what you wanna do is to press the button
and let your bait drop till it hits the ground. Just let it drop all the way. And then when it hits, your spool is gonna
stop, all right? If it stops just a little bit of line that’s
loose on it, you got it perfect, that’s what you wanna do. So keep adjusting your spool tension knob
until that…until you get that right. You don’t want it to hit and your spool to
keep rolling. Consequently, if you’re…conversely if you
have it too tight, then your bait isn’t gonna drop. So you find that sweet spot. Once you have it set up properly, now you’re
ready to do the cast. Here’s the key, lotta times when you cast
the Texas rigs or heavier baits, you have about that much hanging off the tip, right? Okay, not with light lures. The light lures you wanna about double that. You wanna have… Well not quite double that, but look how much
I got hanging off of it now. It’s…that’s about two feet or so roughly,
that’s what you wanna have hanging off the tip. A lot of extra line hanging off it because
you’re gonna use the weight of the bait to cast. Now when you cast, it’s mostly in your wrist. Really there’s not a whole lotta forearm and
you definitely don’t wanna put your shoulder or arm into it. And if you’re not sure how to do that, a great
way to do that is just take a piece of paper, put it against your body and hold it with
your elbow. Okay, that’s gonna limit your arm movement
because here’s the thing, it seems counterintuitive but you don’t wanna throw it really hard. I know that’s what you wanna do, instinct… You just wanna throw it really hard to get
it out there, but that’s actually counterproductive. That’s what causes all the backlashes and
the problems. Instead, it’s a really light, easy lob cast,
okay? And again, it’s mostly with your wrist. All you’re gonna do is this, just hit the
button and watch my wrist, I’m gonna hold it here with my hand for stability, but it’s
with the wrist. That’s all it is, it’s just nice and easy. Real nice and easy. And when you’re casting, you wanna put your
thumb on the reel lightly, just to feel the reel, and if you feel the line getting loose,
apply a little bit more pressure to slow down that reel, because that’s what causes the
backlash. Gonna show you one more time. Look how far out I can get. Watch this. Look at that, fired it way out there and it
was a real light cast, okay? What you wanna do is just throw it nice and
easy, don’t use a lotta power behind it. Again, I’m gonna show you this real…show
you this one more time. Look at that, okay? Really far, nice and easy cast. Play that again and over and over. You’ll see my arm didn’t move much, my shoulder,
my upper body didn’t roll at all, it was my wrist, all in the wrist. That’s all you gotta do, it takes practice
though, okay? You’re not gonna get it the first time you
try it, I understand that. It’s gonna be a little frustrating for you
at first, keep trying it, keep practicing, use the techniques I just showed you. Make sure you have the right kinda rod first,
and I’m telling you what, you will get it down, I promise you, and you’ll have a lot
more fun, you’ll be able to throw nice light lures like Flukes and Senkos, and those type
of things. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

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  • Reply Michael Barnish April 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Time to practice, practice, practice.

  • Reply Nate Cassera April 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    great tips Glen I'm guilty of trying to launch light baits. I'll take it a bit easier next time.

  • Reply Jon Wacker April 20, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I'll have to give it a try. casting light lures has been a problem for me.

  • Reply Paul Nail April 21, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Always great information!

  • Reply Jerry Newman April 21, 2017 at 1:05 am

    That was good info. I try to throw it hard and I get backlash. Will practice this. Thanks!

  • Reply Roland Leone April 21, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Great info! always

  • Reply Chris Krueger April 21, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Great video. I will have to try this the next time I'm out.

  • Reply Leo Jeidy April 21, 2017 at 3:58 am

    yes thanks will definitely get it tuned in better next time out.

  • Reply jim ulmer April 21, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Awesome video I learned a lot from it thanks

  • Reply kJfishman April 21, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Great tip!

  • Reply Ohh Plurism April 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Finally a good explanation and worth the time watching it. I'm tired of watching videos that don't help

  • Reply Jim Scott April 21, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Great info. Thanks

  • Reply Maximos Klein April 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Nice vid!

  • Reply James Cottom April 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for another informative video, Glenn. I do have one question, though. I primarily use reels with centrifugal brakes (Shimano). Should I set my pins for minimum braking?

  • Reply The Largemouthed Angler April 22, 2017 at 12:56 am

    This is something I've always been curious about. Tons of help. Will be doing this soon!

  • Reply Bryan Smith April 22, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Great stuff, keep the videos coming

  • Reply jakebrake1968 April 22, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I wish I had seen this video 12 spools of backlashed birdsnested monofilament nightmare ago.  thanks for the info!

  • Reply James Clouser April 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I enjoy all of the videos, you explain in detail so that the technique or situation is easy to try. Thank you and tight lines James C

  • Reply Stuart Funke (Student) April 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Is is great video thanks for the tips

  • Reply Stuart Funke (Student) April 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Is is great video thanks for the tips

  • Reply Abdel Avila April 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    awesome. . great info ❗

  • Reply Danny Bailey April 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Needed this

  • Reply Michael Duda April 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    great informative video!!!!

  • Reply mojo jojo April 23, 2017 at 2:02 am

    medium/light rod works real good for me with light lures like 1.0 crank baits. small rapalas..etc with 8LB test line. Thats typically spinning gear time for most guys but I don't like spinning gear so I've figured out how to use lightweight baits with baitcasters and the real trick is the rod. Light action rod will always work the best.
    Ive also found that my medium power moderate action glass rod for crankbaits can really fling little baits pretty well also.
    One thing is for sure though with light lures…if there is any kind of wind at all..DO NOT cast into the wind especially if your breaks are turned way down or off, or its gonna be backlash city no matter what

  • Reply DJF fishing April 23, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for this awesome tip I hope I can use it and catch more fish And I never new u wanted more line for casting light lures

  • Reply TheBosticFamily April 23, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    so excited.

  • Reply Al Perry April 23, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Great tip with more line out to cast the lighter lures !!!

  • Reply David Cates April 24, 2017 at 3:48 am

    thank you for the very great and helpful tips i really like watching all of your videos i have learned a lot of helpful tips that has made me a better fisher man thank you so much for the awesome videos

  • Reply Richard Cooper April 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Learned from this video..can't wait to practice

  • Reply TheTexasBassAssassin April 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    great video always have trouble casting those light lures

  • Reply givinerhell April 24, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Does line size matter?

  • Reply the Marquistador April 25, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I have been telling my friends not to whip it and lob it, but long time spinning guys have a hard time understanding that. You are cheating a bit because that weightless senko shouldn't count as a light lure.

  • Reply Bill Carter AB9QU April 27, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I have never tryed anything lighter than 1/4 oz. on any of my baitcasters. I am going to try it. I have gotten pretty good at getting out backlashes.

  • Reply Randy Nunez April 29, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Simple tips that help alot. Thanks!

  • Reply Jeremy Nichols May 3, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    should you readjust your brake after you adjust the tension knob?

  • Reply ALLEN FRAZIER May 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you so much for ur help in helping me learn how to cast a baitcaster now I'm going to bass pro shop and buy me two more thank you plz keep up the great work

  • Reply aaron holbrook May 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Another great video. Thanks!

  • Reply Tom Zuniga May 16, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Good information thanks

  • Reply Fariko Fitch May 25, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Hey man, first off great video. Now idk if it's just me but I always feel like I don't get enough distance when I cast my lure regardless if I'm using a jig or any other heavier lure. Do you have any tips on getting more distance in general

  • Reply luis alfonso arias May 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    nice video. thanks

  • Reply Mark Aston June 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Another great video Glenn! You are my "go to" for techniques and advice. Keep 'em coming buddy!

  • Reply wolfdragonz 11 July 1, 2017 at 5:31 am

    hi quick question..what if i dont have medium light road?my rode is for 28lbs….still suitable for light lure?

  • Reply Brandon B July 2, 2017 at 2:06 am

    thank you this helped

  • Reply Bad Batch July 6, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Good video and one I've been thinking about lately. Thanks a lot for your time

  • Reply Mason Green July 6, 2017 at 3:35 am

    I love my bass pro shops mega cast in 7 ft. medium heavy pretty well

  • Reply Nerd July 8, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    This really helped thx

  • Reply Daniel Huggins July 9, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    will this work with really light 3 gram lures on a medium action pike rod using 15lb mono?

  • Reply Dopz July 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Will this work on a medium-heavy action

  • Reply Prevail RV August 31, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Great vid helped a lot!

  • Reply Alexander Azrul September 28, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Great vid

  • Reply Vire October 22, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Or get BFS reel

  • Reply Craig Granquist October 29, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Great video. What weight is the lure in this video?

  • Reply Blue River November 12, 2017 at 5:39 am

    what is the purpose of turning off magnetic break? when do you need to turn it back on? Thanks

  • Reply Dylan Garcia November 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I struggle casting my light baits at piers when it’s pretty crowded because I can’t take up so much room casting lol

  • Reply Mike Creager December 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm


  • Reply Anon. December 28, 2017 at 11:20 am

    ~3 lb test and a bait that weights like 0.1 ounce, is this possible on a baitcaster??

  • Reply AnToN's Fishing January 1, 2018 at 8:46 am

    It doesn't work

  • Reply Hobie-Wan Kenobi February 4, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Most reels are capable of casting a weightless senko style bait. Biggest thing is having a rod that loads with whatever weight lure you are using. The reel and line come into play after that. With the sub 3/16oz stuff, a BFS reel is ideal.

  • Reply Mike Creager February 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm


  • Reply Dmac March 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    What would you consider "light" weight???

  • Reply Chuck's Stuff March 24, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Simple and effective!! Made my confidence level up!!

  • Reply Fishing Tales and Other Lies April 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Same theory as casting in fly fishing.

  • Reply Jj Y June 6, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Good info , but when baitcaster instructor talk about light lures , most “light lures” that they’re talking about is near the half oz, I’m talking about like as in 0.10 oz , trying to cast it at lest 20 yards

  • Reply Kzoo Kid July 4, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Good info, especially someone just getting started with a baitcaster. Thanks.

  • Reply Michael Barquin July 12, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the info on casting light lures.

  • Reply Michael Barquin July 17, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Anytime keep making those videos.

  • Reply Mason VanDusen July 24, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Does he use a black max

  • Reply Den Smith July 26, 2018 at 11:04 am

    you never say how far you are getting, just that its "far"…how far? 30ft, 50ft? more?

  • Reply Colby Ainslie August 6, 2018 at 1:51 am

    I had a really light popper and would not cast at all and kept getting back lashes bcz I would cast it to hard so I got mad and slammed it on the ground and broke it 😅 I never thought I to turn the brakes off lol

  • Reply Alex Lee August 10, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Just got my first baitcaster caught some fish but still learning how to cast with no backlash

  • Reply Dodgy Bishop August 10, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    How come Bassresource website isn't available to me here in Sweden? I keep getting error code 16..

  • Reply shadi samaan August 14, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Excellent video. Always having trouble with light lures. Will give your reco a shot for sure. Thx

  • Reply Victor Dickson August 24, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    This video was just in time for me. I recently bought two nice bait casting rods and I've been cleaning outbird nets all week. So now i'm ready to go fishing again soon. Thanks so much.

  • Reply Paul Massey September 8, 2018 at 2:27 am

    This guy always has simple and practical tips.

  • Reply Ritchie steppen Andrade September 30, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    we mention also the hand is better proper position on need to make it difficult.

  • Reply Christopher Cable-Cheval October 21, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Agreed, counterintuitive. Looks like a lot of practice ahead for me. Thanks!

  • Reply Desigan Pillay November 3, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Awesome vid thank you! I only recently started using my baitcaster reel and I’m absolutely loving it!!

  • Reply michael shoffner November 9, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    i use this system to fish a light NED RIG

  • Reply dondi2261 February 13, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Very informative. Thanks.

  • Reply Samuel Berrong February 17, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    How far should I be able to cast?

  • Reply Yahya Meşekıran March 6, 2019 at 7:20 am

    hello I'm hunting in salt water and I would recommend a mono fishing line or braid line?


  • Reply Ratdog 305 March 12, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Finally, the secret is out! I have been using a baitcaster to throw light lures for years. I have an old Berkley light action rod with a pfluger reel and 8# mono line. You can get them dialed in to throw am 1/8 oz spinner or crank bait a good distance. Great combo for those days when the bass are picky and you have to finesse things a bit! Best rule, don't try to kill it on the cast!

  • Reply Jason b March 27, 2019 at 1:39 am

    This helped me out a lot…thanks

  • Reply Brent Young April 30, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Good video! I had a stroke. I am learning to cast properly again. Your videos have been a lot of help.

  • Reply IkemGaming May 13, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Why do you turn the magnetic brakes all the way down? Do you turn it up the bigger the bait or somethin?

  • Reply Scooter5806 May 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    If I jig a lure like a senko, line will come out of my reel like its drag is loose. But my drag is completely tight. Any tips?

  • Reply Mike Waara June 11, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Thx Glen for the video and tip for a rookie baitcaster like me. In the video I noticed you cast with the reel on its side, meaning the spool axis looked like it was perpendiculat to the water. Was that correct what i saw? Cause i tried last weekend for the first time and my spool axle would have been parallel to the water. And of course i did not lob my cast and i got a mess.

    I tried throwing side arm. for me seems to be less likely getting a backlash. Do u think i should throw sidearm, and when i get better , move to your over head cast?

  • Reply Shurmash June 24, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    So I should be able to cast a 1/6 oz (4.7g) inline spinner bait pretty easy?

  • Reply Cecil Worsham June 27, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Do I use at least a 7ft rod med fast action rod

  • Reply Gary March July 11, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Just be done with it and use spinning gear. Even Gary Yamamoto mostly went to spinning rods/reels. Don't have to worry about backlashing at all

  • Reply usernamemykel July 17, 2019 at 6:06 am

    WHY, when attempting to communicate with us via speech, do you play totally unnecessary and distracting MUSIC????????????????????? What purpose does it serve? Yours is NOT a music video!!

  • Reply TOS BlackDeath July 21, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I've got 50 years of fishing under my belt, and these videos are a refresher course for me, sometimes we forget the simple things and a reminder is all it takes to get another fish in the boat, thanks for info even if we forget we already knew how to do it

  • Reply Remembered August 2, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you for the video.

  • Reply Charlie Gun August 11, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Thank you thank you thank you.. lol

  • Reply Amedeo Bucciarelli September 10, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Read the first 2 words

  • Reply TheStreamerofThings 11 November 4, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Sir, you have informed me ALOT about light gear now. I had no idea the type of rod can really effect the cast. I thought it was all technique and casting style. Love this videos tips!

  • Reply Dominick Huntley November 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks alot

  • Reply tealbluewhite December 31, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Double thumbs up. Great video, thanks! Can’t wait to apply it

  • Reply Robert Donaldson January 11, 2020 at 2:08 am


  • Reply Robert Donaldson January 11, 2020 at 2:11 am

    Can you please do a video on the magnetic brake?

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