Another tip for those just getting started with any surfcasting conventional is to remove and clean the bearings with lighter fluid and then re-lube with a heavier oil. 3-in-1 Blue or even a thicker gear oil will keep the spool under control until you smooth out the casting motion. As RichTrox said, the "snap" motion most spinner users have is not conducive to casting a conventional for distance, it just imparts too much spool speed at the beginning.
Starting out with a reel with a magnetic control shortens the learning curve. The Penn 525MAG is a fantastic reel for a beginner but it is very
fast. The reel is assembled with Red Rocket Fuel tournament oil in the bearings and a newbie would do well to follow my suggestion to use a slower oil to learn.
Magnet casting controls do not begin having an effect until after the spool is spun-up (Lenz's Law). . . Oil viscosity and line level (amount of line on the spool) are the primary speed controls for the beginning
of the cast. This is when the new caster will blow-up most often, just after the release (due to poor casting form, not "reel" issues). Magnets only keep things going smooth as the line is being payed out, letting you have a "no touch" cast, until touchdown.
One thing to do to help smooth your casting motion is increase the length of your "drop;" the amount of line from the tip of your rod to the sinker. The longer the drop the more your casting motion slows down. Typically, a surfcaster's drop is near the "gathering" guide and the motion is begun with the rod nearly vertical. Let the sinker swing all the way back and at the apex begin a smooth overhead motion finishing with a strong push /pull at the end.
Start slow and finish fast . . .
Here's a great video
of the cast
This post edited by OverTheBar 09:12 PM 03/28/2008