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. In continuing your lessons in learning how to cast, no I am not sitting down on a job but I am going to demonstrate to you that you dont have to be big, strong or in my case even very intelligent to be able to cast. Casting all involves using your wrist, and to demonstrate that I am going to make a cast lying down in the boat and taking away my legs, my back, my arms, my shoulders and I am just going to cast with my wrist.
So, bear with me, I am going to lie down but still I am grip the rod the same way that we gripped it before. We are going to make sure that the line roller is in the top position, grip the line with our index finger, open up the bail with our right hand, grip the rod here, I am going to lay back and I am going to bring the rod back and forward and release and I have made another cast, just as well as if I were standing up or leaning into the cast. You have got to learn a lot of different casting presentations, when you prepare to cast you have to make a decision on where are you going to cast. With casting we also have to use our right hand from time to time, so you right-handed people same thing grip the rod with your right hand make sure you turn the rotor till the roller bearing is in the top position, grip the line with that index finger, open up the bail with your left hand, put your left hand on the back of the rod again a little flick of the wrist, and that bait will travel out there for you, close that bail, make sure the line is in the line roller and then start to retrieve.
Again, most of these reels are capable of taking the handle from one side and putting it on the other, so a left-handed person and right-handed person could probably share the same equipment. Coming up next we are going to show you how to let the rod do the work.