Casting off incorrectly or carelessly is responsible for many injuries while fishing. Knowing how to cast a fishing rod properly can help to prevent casting-related fishing accidents to yourself or others.
How to cast a fishing rod
If handled incorrectly, the combination of fishing rod, line and hook can be dangerous. This is particularly true when casting off, which involves moving the rod backwards before swiftly swinging it forward. To prevent accidents while fishing, it is, therefore, necessary to:
- Start by ensuring you are using the right gear for your intended discipline of fishing (coarse, fly or sea-fishing, for instance)
- Familiarise yourself with your set-up (casting brake, weight capacity, etc.)
- Make sure your rod and its reel are in good, safe working condition
Having done this, survey the area around and behind you and never:
- Cast a fishing rod if there are people behind or close to you, as you may inadvertently catch and injure them with your hook
- Cast a rod near trees or power lines, as this may get your line hopelessly tangled at best and cause you potentially serious injuries by electrocution at worst
Assess the wind and look out for bushes and other structures or objects that could catch your line or divert it and inflict a fishing injury on someone. Having performed these simple safety steps, cast your rod in a flowing, smooth motion using the technique appropriate for the set-up you are using.
Your tackle box
Finally, make sure you keep your tackle box closed and out of the way to prevent others:
- Tripping over it
- Injuring themselves on the sharp objects (knives, hooks, etc.) inside it
When you have finished fishing, always make sure to remove the hook and lure from the line and store them away properly in your box to prevent accidental injuries.
Injured while fishing
If you were injured by a hook because someone else did not cast a fishing rod properly, you could qualify for fishing injury compensation. This also applies if someone else caused you to trip, slip or fall or sustain an injury in any other kind of fishing-related accident.
Accident Advice Helpline
Learn more about claiming compensation and find out how we can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to by calling our 24-hour no-obligation freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (respective numbers for calls made from UK landlines or mobiles) now. Any information you provide during your call will remain strictly confidential.
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Accident Advice