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Rod throwing – techniques for beginners and advanced


When you want to catch a fish, regardless of the species, the method you use, the fishing rod you have, one thing is certain, namely that you have to throw the bait at it.

To do this, there are various rod throwing techniques that you can use, and that it is important to choose depending on the circumstances.


Basic rod throwing techniques that any fisherman should know

If you are a beginner, you must first learn the simplest ways to throw the rod before trying more complicated and difficult techniques. There are three basic techniques that, if you master them, you will be prepared for most of the fishing situations in which you may find yourself.

To refer to the position of the rod, a reference is made to the hands of the clock.


Throwing overhead

  • Start by releasing the wire until there is about 30 to 60 cm of free line extending from the top of the rod;
  • With the reel free and your thumb on the wire (if you use a lure), pull the rod back over your head behind you at 10:00;
  • The moment you reach the end of the movement, start bringing the rod forward. This helps to load the rod with the weight of the lead, causing it to bend;
  • Release the thread when the rod is at 12:00, but make sure you follow and bring the rod until 2:00 until the end of the movement.

This method can be used for almost any situation. It works best when you can throw far beyond the fish because it often splashes intensely when the bait hits the water.


Throw from one side

The only difference from throwing overhead is the angle at which the rod moves, the rest of the technique being the same. A side throw produces much less splashing than overhead, so it is preferred for most fishing situations.

The hard part about this throwing technique is accuracy. It can be difficult to put your weight in the ideal place when you are still a beginner. However, through exercise, your accuracy will improve and you will be able to aim where necessary.


Direct throw 

A direct throw is used when fishing from a pier or other above the water. Fishing in such situations usually means that you cannot throw very far, so you will be limited to fishing directly below you. 

This technique is quite easy, you just have to release the reel and follow the bait. However, it is recommended that you slow down or turn off the wire before the weight hits the water to avoid scaring the fish.


Advanced rod throwing techniques

Once you have mastered the basic techniques, it is time to learn some advanced methods to lead the bait in front of the fish. Many anglers need rehearsal to become capable, but the effort to learn these techniques is well worth it.



Pitching is a technique for throwing intermediate distances in isolated and covered places. Here’s how:

  • Grab the lure in your free hand, then point the rod down at the water;
  • With a smooth and fast movement, lift the rod so that the lure flies forward. At the same time, you need to release the spool so that the lure pulls the thread free;
  • Use your thumb to stop the spindle, so that the nose does not move even before touching the water, thus reducing splashing.

Pitching is used when fishing with jigs or soft plastic baits. It is often made along weed lines or excess vegetation near the shore.



It is a short-range method used to target fish in extremely narrow spaces. Here are the steps: 

  • release the spool and about 15 meters of wire, then rewind the spool. This will be all the thread you will use when throwing the rod.
  • With his hand removed, pull the thread between the tamab and the first guide of the rod. This allows the bait to move freely from the top of the rod;
  • Using a pendulum-like motion, turn the bait toward the target, releasing the wire from your hand to allow it to fly.

Flipping is also done with soft plastic baits or jigs. It is commonly used in portions covered with dense weeds and other types of thick vegetation.


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It is a useful technique to attract bait under pontoons or to go beyond vegetation. Requires a side throw method. But, instead of sending the lure on a path that keeps it a few meters above the water, throw the lure right at the water level.

When done correctly, it will cause the lure to jump to the surface of the water. Many fishermen use soft plastic baits. 


So, all you have to do is train and become better at rod throwing. Try the above techniques and become a master!