I hate to write this but I must. I owe it to so many
of you who have written and those who have called me on
the phone. The problem is almost always the same. You
are confused by watching casting videos or shows on TV.
You see how they do things, mainly casting, and somehow,
to you something just does not seem right.
The hardest part for me to really understand is just because
these guys are able to cast a little how were they able to
convince someone to film them. This is not to say all of
these guys are wrong, most only have some points that are
wrong, but really, none have it all wrong. Now before you
scream, "Who are they? What are they doing wrong?" and,
"Who the hell are you to say so?" let me try to defend myself.
I have been honored to cast with world champions over
many years and I may not be able to do fine casting, but,
trust me, I know it when I see it. And these guys you
have been drooling over don't have it. Especially the
'Stars.' The big name sports figures or the sissies from
Hollywood. What a joke. Please do not try to cast like
they try to, you might hurt yourself.
What happens here is a guy will be asking why he
can't seem to get it. Why he can't cast 90 feet, why
does his double-haul stink, why doesn't he catch fish
like the guys on TV? Can you say 'editing'? No big secret,
but that is where most of the magic happens. Several days
of fishing sometimes gets crammed into 22 minutes.
Some of the TV shows are just dandy. Oddly enough, it is
on the good ones that the person doing the fishing (casting) really
does not portend to be much good at it. I would like to
mention names here but will refrain as in the previous
ones. There are some good tapes and DVDs, but few.
I just don't want you beating yourself up because what
you see on the tapes and DVD's and TV shows just does
not seem right as you have come to understand it. It
isn't. And they aren't.
I know I will get hit for this, but, to the rest of you
guys, I hope this helps you out. You are right. They
are not that good and yes, they do make mistakes and
sometimes do not do things right. The fact is, most
of the people making these things don't know the
Aw heck, why not. I just love it when these guys try to
high-five and get it all screwed up and miss and can't
figure which hand to swat with. And while I'm at it, if
any of you ever babble in the tongue of these clowns, stay
away from me. I think they have an emotional problem. Never
have I been around or ever heard such inane nonsense as the
compliments and salutations when they do finally procure a
fish of some sort.
But then, it's all just for show, isn't it? ~ JC