bank story #03/2020

bank story #03/2020

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Foreword: “Reaching out into distances…”

In the current and third release of our bank story we would like to deal with the topic “Long distance casting”. Our team member Daniel will give you an insight into his casting technique, his equipment and what is important in general. We will show you which lines we use and how to tie the right connection knot between the main line and the shock leader. Furthermore we give you a recommendation for the ideal lead weight and which rod + reel combination harmonizes well.

Anyone who has tried to cast long distances (more than 150m / 165yd) knows that every meter / feet is hard work. Essential for lasting success, is a well functioning equipment, whereby also the exercise may not come with it too briefly. Because you have to keep in mind that the chosen distance should be reached constantly over several days when fishing. In addition, of course, the food must also find its way to the spot, but we’ll show you how this works best another time.

We wish you a lot of fun reading and hope you will be able to take away an added value for your fishing on the following pages. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via Facebook, Instagram or mail to mail (at)

Part 1: Equipment

Here we show you a very good rod / reel combination, which Daniel is currently using. With this setup are casts over 150m / 165yd easily possible, if you will master the right technique.

Rod: Harrison Trebuchet Light 13ft 3.75lbs

Reel: Shimano Aero Technium Mgs XSB

With braided shock leader, make sure that the brake of your reel is set to maximum before casting, so that your fingers remain unharmed. For this reason we also recommend the use of a glove.

Main line:
Katran Synapse with a thickness of 0.255mm

Shock leader:
Tapered monofilament à Katran Galaxy Cast from 0.26mm to 0.47mm
Braided à FOX Submerge 40lbs

Torpedo shape 113g / 4oz (better start with less weight – heavy lead does not mean the same long distances)

For the gap between the distance sticks we recommend 4m / 13ft or the length of your used rod.

Part 2: Casting technique

In the starting position the rod should be parallel to the ground and your arms should be stretched. The distance from the lead to the tip of the rod is approximately the length from the tip ring to the middle-connection of your rod.

A large lunge with the left foot, then shift the weight to the right foot and again back to the left (rotation of the upper body). Simultaneously push the rod away with the right hand and pull it towards the body with the left hand.

An important factor to get more energy from your movement into the rod is that you use your upper body and not only your hands. This movement requires a lot of practice but will bring you a few meters closer to the goal.

After the cast, do not press your right hand down too far, so that the tip of the rod does not swing too low. The rod should be at most parallel to the ground. 

The tip of the rod should always point in the direction of the running off line, so that the friction is as low as possible when running off.

Finally, hold the rod up so that the click into the clip is cushioned. You can see the whole procedure in the following short video, Daniel casts 192m / 210yd without rig. (In the video we are using a braided leader with a length of 5m from the Fox company – see chapter Equipment.)

Part 3: The right connecting knot

Here we show you our preferred knot for the connection of main line and shock leader. This knot can be used for both monofilament and braided shock leaders. We see the main line (green) and the shock leader (transparent – thin end). The used shock leader has a total length of 12m / 40ft for each rod.

We use a tapered shock leader from the Katran company. The advantage of this is that the shock leader has almost the same diameter as the main line at the point of connection to the main line, which is beneficial for the knot’s hold. Nevertheless, it does not break during the cast, because it has a thickness of 0.47mm at the other end, which also has advantages during the drill.

Now we start with the main line (green) and make a loop. IMPORTANT: In general, always use the thicker line of the two lines to be connected to make the loop. This keeps the knot small, which is desirable in most cases.

At the next step we take our leader (thin end) and put it through the loop of the main line that was placed earlier.

Tension the whole thing a bit and then wrap the leader around the loop of the main line 7 to 10 times.

Now we take the leader and put it through the first loop.

Now we can pull the whole thing together. IMPORTANT: Moisten the knot beforehand so that the line is not damaged when tightening and a secure hold is guaranteed.

In the next step we remove the protruding ends with sharp scissors.

Finally a last test – DONE!

Summary and Outlook

We hope you enjoyed the content! If you have any suggestions for a topic you would like us to cover in an upcoming Bank Story, please feel free to let us know, just write to us via Facebook, Instagram or via mail to mail (at)

Be curious about our fourth release of the bank story, it will again provide useful tips as well as a first look at our new products for you.

Until then, all the best and good luck on the water, your wizetackle-team!

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