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Post by reebo on Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:45 pm

Evening all, well after a text conversation with southside on Saturday morning the question was do we fish the solent for hounds or try our luck casting at Steyning the wind was the deciding factor so plans were made for a bash at tournament casting.

Sunday saw me a little apprehensively leaving Abingdon at 7.30am Sleep to meet at Stu's house loading my gear into his truck and then departing to Steyning. After a quick detour (Stu went the wrong way, professional lorry driver my arse) we eventually got there around 10.30, I was a little nervous to say the least well it didn't help with stu going 'that's Steve Lewis he's probably number 2 in the world, thats Mark Jakins he's in the England squad, thats Steve Brookman, thats Matt Russell he holds the record for the longest ever recorded cast over 291M thats Dennis Retter he's the England team manager and all the time I'm thinking holy crap what am I doing here! Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

Anyway a round had just finished so we paid our money, set up our gear, I decided to sit the first one out and watch to see how these things are organized, did i not mention the fact I've never done this before affraid. so it all looks simple enough line up, have a lash, rest your rod over there, wait till everyones finished, walk down the field dodging the cow mines No No retrieve your lead walk back dodging the mines, put the kettle on wait for the big hitters to reach their leads pour the tea wait for the big hitters to walk back finish the now cool tea do it all over again, (I'm thinking I'm going to be drinking a lot of tea).

Oh god it's my turn affraid <o why is no-one talking, why is everyone watching me, ok so it wasn't like that at all they just carried on doing what ever they were doing, so I swing, I cast, it goes, it doesn't crack off (I am available for lessons barkers) it lands in court cheers cheers 158M I've done it I'm a tournament caster. okay the big boys were almost twice that distance but hey ho a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first small step.

Next 178M then 189M then 197.59M Yes you heard me 197.59M on my first time casting, I loved it, I don't care that most people are longer than me I just want to try and beat what I've just cast, by now I'm almost running back to be ready for the next round well I would do but it's up hill into the wind dodging cow crap.

If I didn't live so far away I would be there every month, as far as I could tell there is no elitism, nobody cared if you couldn't cast as far as them it was just bloody good fun. So to all out there who have thought about it, get it done believe me you won't regret it! yes some of the guys there are man mountains, but Matt Russell the guy who has the longest recorded cast (done at Steyning on their 2 day event) is just an average build but as he said he has just tried to perfect his technique, yes we were on speaking terms even though I could tell he was worried by the fact that I was closing the gap between us!!!!

apologies to anyone whose name I've got wrong, mis-spelt or generally insulted it's not intentional. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Post by oldage on Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:06 pm

Still didn't catch any fish though..........Some things will never change...!



Only a tad shy off 200................Good going for your first time out as a fully fledged tourny caster........Congrats. Very Happy
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Post by jfbee on Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:22 am

Well done mate, nice distances for your first time!!

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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:55 am

Sounds like a great day out, might give it a go but I have a habit of turning into Norman Wisdom when the pressures on.
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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:59 am

Want to buy a casting rod then ;-)

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Post by Big Brad on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:13 am

formerly known as Dizzy wrote:Want to buy a casting rod then ;-)

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Post by Big Brad on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:14 am

couple more trips and you'll be beating Barkers Laughing
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Post by showa on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:58 am

well done for a first time casting,Very Happy ,those are good distances, the only prob is as you have found out, its addictive, me and Dennis go back a long way, he is just a normal good guy who i can rember starting just like you, grat report by the way.
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Post by Big Brad on Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:34 am

showa wrote:well done for a first time casting,Very Happy ,those are good distances, the only prob is as you have found out, its addictive, me and Dennis go back a long way, he is just a normal good guy who i can rember starting just like you, grat report by the way.

obviously talking about a different Dennis to the one i've known for 16yrs big wink

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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:43 am

Good report that, and congrats on the impressive distances.

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Post by Weaver on Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:27 am

Great read Steve. Very respectable distances there. How did Stu get on?

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Post by showa on Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:58 am

Big Brad wrote:
showa wrote:well done for a first time casting,Very Happy ,those are good distances, the only prob is as you have found out, its addictive, me and Dennis go back a long way, he is just a normal good guy who i can rember starting just like you, grat report by the way.

obviously talking about a different Dennis to the one i've known for 16yrs

Sorry Rich just speak as i find, have known him for at least 28 years.
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Post by Big Brad on Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:08 pm

i have to agree with you really.
he is a thoroughly nice person who is more than willing to go out of his way to offer help and advice to just about anyone.
it was Dennis who first taught me the casting basics on the field. In fact Dennis used to run mid week sessions to teach casting.
he is defo Mr casting and i dont think there is really another person in the casting world so well known and respected.
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Post by PompeyPete on Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:19 pm

Well done Steve, you'll soon be casting over the top of all those close in fish Razz
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Post by showa on Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:05 pm

Big Brad wrote:i have to agree with you really.
he is a thoroughly nice person who is more than willing to go out of his way to offer help and advice to just about anyone.
it was Dennis who first taught me the casting basics on the field. In fact Dennis used to run mid week sessions to teach casting.
he is defo Mr casting and i dont think there is really another person in the casting world so well known and respected.
Yep with you on that on, in fact he still does do mid week lessons during the summer if any one is interested.
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Post by Southside Stu on Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:09 pm

Weaver wrote:Great read Steve. Very respectable distances there. How did Stu get on?

I still beat him!.... Cool
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Post by reebo on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:04 pm

Southside Stu wrote:
Weaver wrote:Great read Steve. Very respectable distances there. How did Stu get on?

I still beat him!.... Cool

Yes along with a lot of others stu 'beat' me, but he didn't mention by how much or the fact that he had to pull a PB out of the bag to do it.... Laughing Laughing Laughing

Thanks Dizz but no mate I don't want a tournament rod I went on Sunday with my normal fishing gear ( I had to change reels as I realised one was rather low, I had one more layer of line then I was on the spindle oops) I'll wait until my technique matches the gear I've already got before I spend 100's on a rod and reel I'd only ever use on the field.

And Pete the main reasons I want to improve my casting are so that I can reach the fish that are not close in and when they are close in I use very little effort to reach them hopefully making the cast smooth and slow therefore to improve bait presentation. Smile

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Post by Big Brad on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:07 pm

41cm seems a good number to me Steve Cool
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Post by reebo on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:08 pm

Big Brad wrote: 41cm seems a good number to me Steve Cool

somebodies been doing some homework....

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Post by darreninti on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:18 pm

some good casting there need to get up dorchester myself this month to see how im doing 17 yrs since i last went on a field so not looking forward to it
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Post by Big Brad on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:19 pm

reebo wrote:
Big Brad wrote: 41cm seems a good number to me Steve Cool

somebodies been doing some homework....

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Post by Litchy on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:27 pm

Well done lads that's some good casting Very Happy
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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:29 pm

results on the other site. almost 200 Stu, but not quite Cool

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Post by crack off colin on Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:12 pm

Great result Steve must be all that practice !!!!

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Post by reebo on Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:28 pm

crack off colin wrote:Great result Steve must be all that practice !!!!


It certainly doesn't do any harm I think i Might be ready for lesson No. 2 colin Very Happy

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