Hi, Last night I bought an 8ft Ugly Stik 15-30lb cat rod. I have an Abu 6000 baitcaster. My question is how should I be casting with it? I bought a 5.5ft Cherrywood 10-20lb rod for smaller cats & shorter casts several days ago that I can cast one-handed with. I have been practicing a lot with it. I am pretty happy with my progress with the shorter rod. I'm getting more accurate & backlashing less. The way I am casting with the one-handed rod is: (1) point rod at target with axis of spool straight up & down; in my case this means the reel handle points at the ground (I'm a lefty) (2)take the rod straight up over my head/shoulder so that it "whips" back & then forward (3)on the forward "whip" release thumb; also, make sure that the spool axis is still straight up & down & handle points at ground (4)"feather" spool to get a backlash free landing of weight The way I am casting with my 8ft Ugly Stik is essentially the same except that I use two hands. My left hand is thumbing the spool while my right holds the handle several inches below the reel. I still take the rod over my left shoulder, whip, & then release. Here's my question: Is this the best way to learn how to cast a rod two-handed? I think I'm improving at casting with the longer rod but I don't want to spend a long time developing bad habits if this isn't the best way. Thanks for any & all help!