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".
I am Captain Steve Chaconas, with National Bass Guide Service. Were teaching you how to cast a spinning rod, and now I am going to show you how important the rod can be and using that rod to help you cast. If you are casting left-handed, we have talked about casting off your left shoulder, well you can also cast off your right shoulder, if there is somebody standing to your left, you want to do that for safety reasons. So, you want to make a cast like this. If you are trying to underneath cover, you can cast off to the side, you can also cast off to the side this way, if you are right-handed same thing, grip the rod the same way that we showed you, bring the rod back off your right shoulder, either off your left shoulder, you can kind of backhand it this way, or forehand it this way low to keep it underneath cover. These are always great techniques to learn, you learn how to do these it will help you hit different angles and different spots, thats the equivalent of driving, if your are a golfer, if you are putting, you need to use close-in casting and for that we use the technique called pitching.
The first thing we do is we get the bait about even with the reel handle. We are going to go ahead and load it just like we normally would, get the roller bearing up near our index finger, open up the bail and now were are going to grip the bait above the bait on the line. To learn how to do this technique, what were going to do is put the rod horizontal, I always tuck it underneath my arm, just let the bait drop, you could feel it swing it away from you just let the bait drop. I am not moving anything else, I am not moving the rod, I am not loading up the rod, this is a self-correcting issue. If you accidentally let it go it will drive that hook into your finger. So, just hold it like this, let it go and it will swing away from you, were not going to push it out like that, we are not going to use our arms to get it out there, what were going to do is just hold the rod, drop the bait, let it swing away.
Once we have practiced that a couple of times, then we are going to lower the rod, raise the rod and now we have a lot more momentum, so that we can pitch this thing a lot further, it's a very close-in technique, so what we are going to do is really look to pick a very close-in target, release it, let it go and then we are ready to pitch. So again, lift up the rod, grab the line, lower the rod, lift the rod, release the bait and now you have made a pitch. Coming up next were going to teach you how to aim and the proper release for every cast.