The One Cast Concept

The One Cast Concept

One cast, what does that actually mean? It starts with understanding the layout of the area you’re fishing. With this knowledge, an angler can then factor in environmental conditions and select the best position from which to make the best cast. Lure placement is paramount in the list of criteria for making a successful presentation. This applies, whether you’re on shore or fishing from a boat.  

Making the one cast, throwing beyond and tight to the steep point.

Making the one cast, throwing beyond and tight to the steep point.

Why do you just want to make a single cast? If you have done your homework and set yourself up for the greatest potential for intercepting a fish, the first cast will have the highest probability of success. We have to assume there is a hungry fish there, otherwise, why are you fishing that spot? If you have set yourself up correctly and made a retrieve with your artificial lure and didn’t succeed with the first cast then repeatedly showing a big wily predator your con over and over will most likely not convince the fish that it wants your deception. The best way to get a fish to strike is to convince them that it’s their idea.

Finish every retrieve all the way to the boat/shore. With the presence of the boat/shore a follower may think it has your lure, the deception, now trapped.  

Finish every retrieve all the way to the boat/shore. With the presence of the boat/shore a follower may think it has your lure, the deception, now trapped.  

If you do see a good fish or you're confident one is there, but they didn’t respond to your initial presentation, or perhaps followed all the way to the boat without striking, you are better off leaving to return after an extended period of time rather than make repeated casts to the same spot.

With the situation depicted in the image above, if you don’t finish your retrieve with a figure eight you haven’t used all techniques that are at your disposal to close the deal with a follower.

With the situation depicted in the image above, if you don’t finish your retrieve with a figure eight you haven’t used all techniques that are at your disposal to close the deal with a follower.

Does the one cast concept mean that you should only make a single cast while at a particular place? No, it doesn’t, it just means that you are probably wasting time if you keep making the same identical cast repeatedly. It also means that you are not maximizing your Milk Run.

How does the Milk Run benefit from the One Cast Concept? Putting together a Milk Run and approaching each spot with the One Cast method creates a lot of advantages for an angler. Time and time again while out on the water I’m reminded why you can’t have too many spots for your Milk Run. Whether I’m on my home water fun fishing or on the road in a tournament, I often will pull up to a location only to find another boat already there. Often certain areas will have associated factors such as wind direction or shadows that enhance the potential of the spot. The timing for these enhancements may take awhile to develop making a visit more appropriate later on in the day.  So, the more prime spots that you can effectively string together and by targeting them with one great cast, you are now fishing like a sniper, a specialist, an efficient big fish hunter. 

The One Cast Concept actually allows you to cover more water, and also know that you’ve convincingly tested each stop on your Milk Run.   

The drawing power of big baits can and often pulls big fish away from their ambush zone. This makes repeated casts a waste of time. In this situation, you need to give these fish time to reposition.

The drawing power of big baits can and often pulls big fish away from their ambush zone. This makes repeated casts a waste of time. In this situation, you need to give these fish time to reposition.

Once is Enough, the Milk Run, the Funnel, Plus Factors, Finishing Your Cast, Followers, convincing predators especially big fish that they are accomplishing Their Goals, the list goes on, and it all ties together. When these concepts are expertly strung together, that’s what it means to be in the Big Bass Zone. These lessons originate from big bass hunting and swimbait fishing, yet the excellent aspect is that it doesn’t matter what species you’re pursuing or what technique you are using, these concepts apply to all types of fishing.

Once is absolutely enough!

Once is absolutely enough!

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