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Dry Casting is long distance casting and accuracy casting with double handed and single handed fishing rods on a grassed area, where conditions are easier and the distances and the accuracy can be measured, unlike when casting into the water where these can't be measured. See results and calendar for 2012/13 competition years.
Dry casting is a sport, but most importantly, it is a means of learning and practicing the casting skills which will make you a much more successful angler when you go fishing, because you will be able to cast long distances and cast accurately.
We've all met the difficult situations where the water is rough, the wind is strong in your face or coming from one side, you need to land the sinker in a sand hole near reefs, cast a bait in front of a school of fish, avoid tangling with the person next to you,
the person next to you is casting a bit further and catching all the fish, and so on. With the right gear and skills, you can fish almost anywhere and in almost any conditions.
You don't need any special gear to start dry casting. Many people use their regular fishing gear, particularly for the accuracy casting.
We invite members of the public to contact us about joining us as members or as visitors to our events to learn about fishing and casting. (Some conditions apply, please contact us for details.)
Win free Club membership for a year
In the draw to be held in late June 2013, all members who have been accepted into the club between July 2012 and June 2013 will be in a draw to receive 1 year's free membership, valued at up to $120. The free membership will be the same type as they held in 2012/13, that is, single or family membership, etc.
See the Membership page for a membership application form and normal membership fees.
The Club Magazine Reel Talk and this site have details of what the Club does and the benefits of being a club member, particularly getting all those fishing and casting tips from experienced club members.
The club's distance casting is with "level line", which means the same breaking strain line is used right down to the casting weight, and strong shock leaders are not used. Any breaking strain line can be used, but lighter line means longer casts. Level line promotes the development of technique and a smooth casting style, while shock leaders allow much heavier weights and the caster's strength to be used more.
Weight categories are up to 112 gram (4 ounce), up to 56 gram (2 ounce), and Artificial Bait, which includes a 100mm length of 13mm wooden dowel to give wind resistance like a bait.
Distance casting is into a "V" shaped lane, so still needs to have quite a bit of accuracy. The distance is measured to the point where the weight finishes within the "V" shaped lane.
The double handed accuracy target is a cone 500mm in diameter and 300mm high at four different distances ranging from 30 to 88 metres for men, 30 to 61 metres for Ladies, Juniors and Veterans, and 20 to 36 metres for Mini Juniors.
Two casts are made at each of the four different distances. Scoring uses a tape with twenty five marks each 250mm apart starting at the centre of the cone. Hitting the cone is worth 25 points, landing between the marks at 250mm and 500mm is 24 points, 500mm to 750mm is 23 points and so on down to 1 point for landing between the last two marks. The tape can be swung in a full circle around the cone for the measurement.
Single handed accuracy casting uses a rod which is held in one hand. The target is a cone 600mm in diameter and 200mm high at two different distances ranging from 20 to 40 metres for men, 20 to 30 metres for Ladies, Juniors and Veterans, and less for MiniJuniors.
Two casts are made at each of the two different distances. Scoring uses a tape with ten marks each 300mm apart starting at the centre of the cone. Hitting the cone is worth 10 points, landing between the marks at 300mm and 600mm is 9 points, and so on down to 1 point for landing between the last two marks.
Check the Club, State and National Dry Casting records
An Invitation to Dry Casting.
Can you cast 100 metres? You can do it easily with help from us. We have an 11 year old Mini junior who set casting records of 102.55 metres for 112 gram, and 98.04 metres for 56 gram. And he was not big for his age.
The Surf Casting and Angling Club has dry casting every month. Members of the fishing public who would like to see how it is possible to cast such long distances, and also how to cast accurately, please contact us about coming to a dry casting day as a visitor. (Some conditions apply, contact us for details.)
We can show you how to get the best out of your own fishing gear if you would like to bring it along. We can give advice on different rods and reels and show how these can go together, and also let you try out casting with different rod and reel combinations to find one that suits your fishing needs and your size and physical strength. This is important for the ladies and juniors, and those of us who aren't as young as we used to be.
Our visitors always get a lot of useful and practical tips, and often add ten to thirty metres to their casts on the first day - and, no, we don't catch many fish at drycasting, but those skills certainly help when we go fishing.
After the competition and the lessons for the visitors, we get together over a sausage sizzle and soft drinks, and talk about anything to do with fishing and casting.
Dry Casting is held at the Yokine Reserve East, Wordsworth Avenue, Yokine. Competition starts at 8:30am, but club members are there from around 7:30am onwards for setup and practice. The events are long distance casting, and accuracy casting with single handed rods and with double handed rods.
Dry casting is usually on the first Sunday of every month. When we have our Fishing Field Day on the first weekend of the month, the dry casting date is changed, so check the dates in Dry Casting dates
Or come to the Club's General Meeting at 8:00pm on the second Wednesday of the month, to find out about coming on one of our Dry Casting Days. Contact the Club for the address of the meeting place, and for more details of the Dry Casting Day.
Dry casting competitions have sections for Mini Juniors, Juniors, Senior Men, Veterans (men over 55 years) and Women.
Dry Casting is run under the Club's Competition Rules (255 kilobyte PDF file) and the Club's Code of Ethics. The Club has Public Liability insurance cover for its casting and other activities, and safety is top priority when we are casting on an oval.
Cast safely - lead sinkers and people don't mix !
The Club pays the City of Stirling to use the venue on our casting days. If you want to practice there at other times, remember that other users may have booked it - or it may be open to everybody.
Dry Casting reports and results.
Reports and results for some recent competition years' Dry Casting Days are below.
For other results, see earlier years' results or relevant issue of the Club magazine Reel Talk Results are reported in the issue dated the month after the month in which the casting was held.
See also the calendar for this competition year and the current issue of the Club magazine Reel Talk
|Dry Casting dates for the 2013/2014 Competition Year.|
|5 May 2013
||9 June 2013 (Fishing Field Day is on the long weekend)
|7 July 2013
||4 August 2013
|8 September 2013 (Fathers' Day is on the first weekend)
||6 October 2013
|3 November 2013
||1 December 2013
|5 January 2014
||2 February 2014
|9 March 2014 (Fishing Field Day is on the long weekend)
||6 April 2014
Club, State and National Dry Casting Records
Check the Dry Casting page on the Australian Anglers Association (WA Division) web site for the write up and results from Western Australia AAA State Dry Casting Championships run each year, and the National Dry Casting Championships held every second year.
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This page was updated on 29 April 2013.