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. Today, we are going to learn how to cast and the basic fundamentals involved in casting, but before we do we are going to try to find out why its so important to learn how to cast accurately. Bass and a lot of other fish live in certain areas and they live in these areas because thats where they can eat, thats where they can rest, thats also where they can reproduce, knowing this bass now hide around grass, wood, rocks, docks, lots of specific targets. Once you have learnt how to identify these, then you have to learn how to cast to them. What we use is basically rod and reel combinations. The rods, the length of the rods will determine how far we cast and also how accurate we are, longer rod, longer cast, shorter rod, more accurate cast. We are going to teach you today, how to identify these targets and basically how to get your lure to these targets. Bass are predator, so when you are figuring out where they are, figure out where you would be waiting for an easy meal to come by and then learn how to cast there. It is kind of like being a baseball pitcher, when you are a baseball pitcher, you pick the target. We might pick just over the plate, but a guy like Roger Clemens or another good baseball player is going to pick a very small specific target. The better you get at picking smaller targets, the better you are going to get at catching fish, because what you are going to do is be able to put your lure where that fish is and possibly where other fishermen havent been able to reach. So, identify a target keep it in your eyes, hand-eye coordination very important in casting. Pick that very, very small target, try to hit that target and you will become a better fisherman. The next thing were going to be talking about is the anatomy of a spinning reel.