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. Today, we are going to show you how to grip a rod because before you could cast one, you need to know how to hold on to it. Now, take a look at the rod with a spinning reel, the spinning reel hangs below the rod and has a rod and reel support, this is a rod seat, this is he reel arm support. You are going to grip the rod by either putting your fingers one, two or three fingers forward of this reel support, whatever feels comfortable, for a left-handed person it will be on this side, for a right-handed person it will be on this side, but you basically want to be in this position, so that you can have like a little fork from there.
So, that you have a little pivot point of the reel, this will enable you to cast also enable you to reel. This is way a right-handed person would do it, a left-handed person would also do it but they would just reverse it to the side of the reel, thats how you grip the rod when you are getting ready for basic casting, you can also use your other hand on the back of the rod to allow it some stability to assist in the cast, but this is a basic grip, learn how to do this first, find something that feels comfortable. Coming up next preparing to cast.