Steve ChaconasCaptain 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".
Hi, I am Captain Steve Chaconas with National Bass Guide Service. We are teaching you how to cast a spinning reel, and before we go any further it's important to realize that you need to be able to aim and know when to release this bait, so it will go right where you want it. One of the things you need to do is to control the distance, if a lure is going too far it could be a bad thing, it could end up in a tree or could end up in somebodys boat or somebodys dock. So, what were going to do is we have two techniques for slowing down a bait when it's going too far, one of them and it is the most simple is just to grab the line with your off hand, this is your casting hand, this is your off hand, the cranking hand, and what you will do is actually grab the line and stop it, when you get better at it you can actually the line feather through your fingers, slow it down and let it drop into a spot, pretty easy to do. Again, I am going to make a cast and when I make this cast, watch my right hand, watch how I grab and hold of this line and just kind of feather it, just slowly let that line go through until I want it to stop and okay, and again, I have to be able to concentrate and know that is exactly what I want to do, so I am going to close the bail and bring the line in. The other technique for being able to control the distance of a cast takes a little bit more practice, you got to use your index finger again, and what were going to do is after the cast is on its way were going to drop this finger and touch the top of the spool, and by doing that as you can see, it stops the line, but were going to have to get pretty good at that so that we can control the distance of this cast. Now, watch this index finger, I am making the cast, slowing it down and then eventually stopping it, by using that index finger, that will keep your lures from going too far when you dont want them to. Coming up next we are going to teach you how to get more accurate and how to aim when you are making a cast.