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 rod today, and right now were taking a look at where to cast, we have shown you how to cast now we are going to show you why it's important. What we have up here is a nice, well defined grass edge, a lot of times in a lot of fisheries the grass will come out, it will grow to a certain depth depending on the type of grass and the type of fisheries and also the clarity of the water and then it forms a nice edge, thats where the bass like to hang out. So, I am going to load up the reel, by putting my finger on the line, opening up the bail and making my cast parallel to this grass edge. I have controlled the distance of my cast and now I am going to retrieve this lure down the edge of this grass line, and thats where I am going to look for a fish. Now, when you're fishing in grass you are going to get up getting grass on your lure, we will show you how to get that off here too. What you can do is when you make that cast parallel to the grass line and you start to bring it in by watching the rod tip, you can see that if you have any grass on it, if you have it a quick little snap of the rod will shake that grass off for you and keep that bait free of grass when you bring it back to the boat and thats what you need to do.
Again we are casting parallel to a grass edge. The other thing that we can do is that is going to give us a cast that is going to be like using a shotgun where we cover a lot of water, what I am going to do I am going to take pitching technique that we used and I am going to pitch a small plastic bait a little bit closer to the boat and I am going to work it a little bit slower. So, again I want to have the bait even with the about the reel handle, the line roller in the top position, grab the line with my finger open up the bail and we are going to pitch this small plastic bait, kind of close to the boat, right along the edge of where this grass is, let it go to the bottom and now we are going to fish a little bit slower and a little bit more deliberately, but again, it's this kind of a target that we are looking for and this kind of a lure and this kind of a casting presentation will put our bait where it needs to be for this type of cover. Coming up we are going to teach you how to tie a knot, so that your lures will stay on the hook and also how to tie a knot, so you tie two pieces of line together.