Overhead casting...

Ken Jones

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You should not overhead cast on piers & the laws against it were started long ago —

Ban Over-Head Cast At Balboa, Newport — Balboa, June 16.—Over-head casting is a thing of the past on the fishing piers of Balboa and Newport. A new ordinance, effective today, prohibits all over-head casting among the fishermen in Orange county’s harbor. A severe penalty is to be exacted for violation of the ordinance, it is declared. Owing to the many accidents, severe and painful, due to the over-head throw, it was found necessary to adopt rigid methods to protect not only the large “audience” but also the fishermen themselves.
— Santa Ana Register, June 16, 1922
Yes Its been banned for years . People still do it recently on the belmont pier a lady was repeatedly overhead casting with a sabiki rig no less . I nicely told her to be careful casting she just glared at me . No one to enforce these things even with signs showing its not allowed
It's not banned on any pier I've fished up here in the Bay Area. In truth, fishing from a pier, there is little sense in "swinging for the fences" and launching your offering. The point of piers, in my view, is STRUCTURE and the great chain of being: structure attracts mussels and barnacles, which little fish like to munch, and then bigger fish who like to dine on the little guys. Pilings tend to break up the force of current and bait fish congregate in the calmer water. So you keep your bait--or even lure pitching--close by. A good angler learns to cast in different ways, overhand, sidearm and even underhand. One reason is that it cuts down the strain of repetitive casting (lure guys know this). Also, as mentioned above, it allows one to be courteous when other anglers or visitors are present.
I'm all for the ban of over head casting. It can be dangerous obviously for anyone around, but as an experienced angler you should always look behind you before casting off a pier. The issue is not everyone is. You can master the art of under hand casting if you practice. But yeah, the Bay Area piers all have over head casting since its not really a rule around here.


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Piers are definitely structure so no need to cast far (use over head). Otherwise if fishing from a pier lighter line (especially braid) can also be a consideration aside from practicing the technique (underhand casting).

I do like over head casting from the surf though. :LOL:
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