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Roger Mortimore shows how to perform the aerialised ground cast, a simple technique to use if you’re fishing on a steep beach or uneven ground.

The aerialised ground cast is the ideal style to use when you’re fishing from a steep beach, over boulders or rocks, or, in fact, anywhere where it’s not possible to lay the rig down to perform a ground cast. It’s a cross between a pendulum cast and a ground cast without some of the timing problems involved with a full pendulum. Basically, all you have to do is swing the lead behind you, lower the rod tip and think ‘ground cast’ – it’s that simple!

It’s a style that’s capable of putting baits a very long way out with ease and works with multiplier and fixed-spool reels, and rods of various lengths. Let’s say that you have a rod of 12 to 13 feet; the drop from rod tip to sinker should be six to seven feet and no more. You can lengthen it if you’re using a much longer rod but you don’t need the same length drop as what you’d use for pendulum casting.

Setting Up

Your feet should be positioned about a shoulder width apart, with your left foot forward of your right foot to give you a good solid base to cast from. Then, bend your knees slightly and turn at the waist to face away from the direction you’re going to cast, so that you can achieve plenty of body rotation. Once you’re in position, swing the lead away up the beach, then swing it back towards the sea by straightening your left arm (or right arm if you’re left-handed). As the lead reaches the top of the back swing, slowly start to turn into the cast and lower the rod tip; from here you simply pull the rod around and up as you would with a ground cast.

The step-by-step images opposite were shot on a fairly steep beach and you can see that the lead remained about two feet above the beach.