Thanks Fred, in fact that is exactly the intent of my earlier suggestion to 'experiment' with the tug to Bob (below). At the point of discovery he's at currently it seemed words of encouragement to experiment would be more effective than words of correction.
In any case, great discussion.
Originally Posted by juro
But I do not want to downplay your advice, it's very good advice indeed. Hauling and proper timing are both key to sufficient power in your casting stroke.
Per the 'tug' on the backcast - you might find it interesting to experiment with the amount of loop left in the line before you start forward. In some cases leaving a little bit of curl in the backcast before you begin the forward cast works in your favor, provided the acceleration is gradual to begin with (no shock) and there is adequate tension in the rod when it comes forward (absolutely no creep).
If you are getting turbulence in the cast especially as the leader unfolds out in front of you it could be caused by startup shock from a backcast that was allowed to recoil behind you, otherwise too sudden of an application of power, or a side-swipe in the stroke might do it as well.