Australian Anglers Association Dry Casting
oustralian Anglers Association, (WA Division) runs the Western Australian State Dry Casting Championships each year. Financial members of Clubs affiliated with AAAWA are eligible to enter.
These Championships are run under the Association’s Rules for the Dry Casting Competition, available from the Dry Casting Rules page. Simple diagrams of the rigs specified by the rules are also available on that Dry Casting Rules page.
2018-19 Drycasting Championship results
2017-18 Drycasting Championship results
2016-2017 State Drycasting Championship results. The results are in the Competition Archive
2015-2016 State Dry Casting Championships held at Coolamon Reserve, Ellenbrook on 25 October 2015. The results are in the Competition Archive
AAA runs the State Dry Casting Championships each year in October for teams of club members and for individual club members.Seniors teams can have seven members, with the top six scores to count. Veteran’s teams can have five members, with the top four scores to count. Ladies and Junior teams can have four members, with the top three scores to count.
The events run are:-
1. Double handed accuracy, one round of eight casts. Scores for this count for both the team’s and the individual competition.
2. Artificial bait, two events of two casts each, two casts for the team’s score and two casts for the individual’s score.
3. Up to 56 gram level line, one event of two casts for the team’s score.
4. Up to 112 gram level line, one event of two casts for the individual’s score.
The overall scoring works on a percentage system. The person with the best cast or score is given 100%, and then every one else isgiven a score which is a percentage of that best score. To work out the winning team, the members’ percentages are all added up,and the team with the highest percentage is the winning team.
The Dry Casting Competition is run under the Dry Casting Rules for AAA, (WA Division) Inc. This version was adopted at the January 2005 AAA WA Delegates’ Meeting
Western Australia sends teams to the AAA National Conventions and Dry Casting Championships which are held every second year.
2009 National Dry Casting Championships. were held at Wallaroo on the “Copper Coast” South Australia in March 2009. Report and results are in National Drycasting Archive
2007 National Dry Casting Championships. were held at Phillip Island, Victoria in February/March 2007. Report and results are in National Drycasting Archive
The best results for competitions in Western Australia, or by a qualified resident of WA in an approved National Drycasting competition, are listed in Drycasting Records, with the Australian National records for comparison. Applications can be made on the Dry Casting Record Application Form
Dry Casting is long distance casting and accuracy casting with double handed and single handed fishing rods on a grassed area,where conditions are easy and the distances and the accuracy can be measured, unlike when casting into the water where these can’t be measured.
Dry casting is a sport, but most importantly, it is a means of learning and practicing the 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 side on, 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 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.
AAA 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 pointwhere 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 88metres 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 startingat the centre of the cone. Hitting the cone is worth 25 points, landing between the marks at 250mm and 500mm is 24 points, 500mmto 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 circlearound 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 attwo different distances ranging from 20 to 40 metres for men, 20 to 30 metres for Ladies, Juniors and Veterans, and less forMini Juniors.
Two casts are made at each of the two different distances. Scoring uses a tape with ten marks each 300mm apart starting at thecentre of the cone. Hitting the cone is worth 10 points, landing between the marks at 300mm and 600mm is 9 points, and so on downto 1 point for landing between the last two marks.