How To Cast A Baitcaster Reel (4 Basic Methods)

How To Cast A Baitcaster Reel (4 Basic Methods)


Owning a baitcaster reel brings your casting potential to a whole new level. Baitcasters allow you to gain more control over your cast, ultimately resulting in pinpoint accuracy. This means you can bomb longer casts or flip your bait into tight pockets, all of which is more difficult for a spinning setup.

With that being said, there are four basic casts that you can employ with a baitcaster. Mastering all four allows you to put your lure in the strike zone consistently throughout the day, and this is especially important if there are certain spots that you can only hit at one angle or with a single cast before you spook the fish. I’ll show you how to cast a baitcaster to achieve Flipping, Pitching, Overhand Casts and Sidearm Casts.


Flipping is a great technique to learn when targeting vegetation such as brush piles and tullies at close quarters. This technique can be a bit tricky but once mastered it allows you to put your bait in more spots at twice the speed.

How to Flip

  1. Press the thumb bar and bring your bait down to the butt end of your rod handle.
  2. With the thumb bar still engaged, grab your line in front of the reel and pull it until your arm is fully extended sideways out from your body.
  3. Re-engage the reel.
  4. Holding your line the entire time (arm still extended), drop your rod tip and raise it to swing your bait forward, bringing your arm holding the line in as you swing to propel the bait forward.
  5. After working a spot, re-extend the arm holding the line and your bait will shoot right back to you, immediately ready to flip again.


Pitching is one of the most common (and favorite) casting techniques for bass anglers. This method is used to work thick vegetation and timber at fairly close quarters and is perfect for throwing any jig or Texas Rig. A lot of anglers will refer to pitching as “flipping” because it’s simply easier to say during conversation. Keep this in mind so you don’t get confused!

How To Pitch

  1. Bring your bait down to the reel.
  2. While holding your bait, engage the reel.
  3. Drop your rod tip and bend your wrist along with your arm to get as low as possible.
  4. Lift your rod and let go of your bait, feathering the line as it flies outward.
  5. Practice makes perfect. Better accuracy means being able to reach tight pockets and other crucial areas.

Overhand Cast

The most basic yet important cast. This cast is rather simple but releasing at the right time and angle can get you more distance. Use this cast in open areas without overhanging trees or other structure in your way since you’ll need the space.

How to Overhand Cast

  1. Bring your bait near the tip, leaving a few inches of space (never reel the bait up to the tip)
  2. Swing the rod straight back behind you, watching out for both people and other obstacles.
  3. Swing the rod straight forward and feather the line while tilting your wrist inwards so the reel is sideways. This helps your line come off the spool smoother, giving you better arc and distance.
  4. Fully stop the line before your lure hits the water and re-engage the reel. Stopping your bait keeps it from knocking slack in your spool and causing a backlash.

Sidearm Cast

This is an aggressive, lower cast technique that allows you to get your bait in the water quicker since it doesn’t spend time flying up and dropping down. Use this cast when you have overhanging trees or anything else above you that could cause a mess. This cast is great for fishing next to your partner on a boat because it allows you to avoid hitting both them and their rod. It’s also a great technique to use when spinnerbait fishing, allowing you to cast frequently and accurately.

How to Sidearm Cast

  1. Swing your rod out to the side and engage the reel
  2. Snap your rod so the tip points straight ahead of you and feather the line.
  3. Fully stop the line before your lure hits the water and re-engage the reel. Stopping your bait keeps it from knocking slack in your spool and causing a backlash.

These are basic ways to cast a baitcaster, but absolutely important. Spending time on the water and honing your casting skills not only helps you hit exactly where you want to but also allows you to fish safely and stay out of the way of others. Hope this helped, tight lines everyone!