pendulum casting

Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:45 pm

was out practicing my casting today and was just interested in what length drop people recomend for pendulum and off the ground casting..

also is it best to evenly spread your shock leader across the spool or to keep it in the centre to balance the reel.

Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:56 pm

i know my self lumpy that i keep the knot on my shock leader at the side of the spool and then lay my line on level hope this helps

PS. stops you cutting your thumb if you mess up the cast :oops:

Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:57 pm

Not that I'm an expert but what every suits. Start at around 7 foot and work downwards. A couple of inchs can make all the difference (ohh err missus). I use a point where the writing is on my sidewinder, a change of colour on my villian and I'm still working on my anyfish anywhere. In all cases it well past my first ring but I'll shorten it if wading or there uneven ground.


Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:50 pm

was told once by some one.. the drop in the line should be the same as the height of the person casting plus 1foot...

dunno if that makes sense... but it sounds reasonable :)

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:56 pm

see what works for you! try all the suggestions and see whats comfrotable. different actions on rods can change the drop lenght. casting styles also. just do a little research and try out a few of em and see what sticks!

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:03 pm

cheers lads will have to try these, just board so said it would be no harm to optamize my casting while i have the time..

pendulum casting

Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:42 am

a standard length for pendulum casting would be 8ft, when you find
the correct length for youreself, put a bit of masking tape around the
blank of the rod, you will have the exact measure every cast.

all the best.

Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:14 am

While we are on about pendulum casting -
Is there any websites with a good video on how to perform the cast??

Have seen the usual ones on youtube with some of the NJ casting guys but you cant see any of the rod/sinker action on them

Would like to see if I could pick this up (properly)


Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:24 am


There you go.... frame by frame....


Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:42 am

Hi Kraken,
You might want to check out this site too;

Hope this is what you are looking for,

Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:47 am

Thanks Tom - he makes it look easy :cry:

But.... (theres always a but!!) :roll:

Is it just me or what but I still cant see what he is doing with the weight etc??

The step by step frames dont explain how you swing the lead etc


Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:06 am

found this extremely helpful... ... ht=casting
Sea Angling Ireland :: View topic - casting- neil mackellow

Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:07 am

Hey Derek,

Thats the business man - he does explain it well

Basis of his video is it seems to be that you must learn the moves without the rod first :shock:

Then move onto trying it with the rod :?

Site also shows a good overhead cast too

Now onto trying this out - have been prancing around my living room with past 15 minutes (look like an elephant doing ballet :oops: )

Need to find a few free acres of grass to ensure I dont kill anything

Thanks again guys


Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:14 am

this one shows what the lead is doing..
and in slow motion

Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:21 am

Cheers Steve - slo-mo does show what the lead is doing very well

Cant help noticing that even though he probably hit the horizon with that cast he still looks pis*ed off when walking away :roll:

jammy beggar :roll: :roll:


Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:27 am

Just realised that I may have hijacked Lumpys thread. :oops:

My apologies to you

If it helps any - the guys in the links suggest that your drop should come down to where your reel is on the rod

Would also keep the knot to one side of the reel and lay the leader evenly accross the spool (advised to do so by an old sea dog :) - Thanks Martin)


Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:36 am


Look under the video section.