My style of bait cast fishing is a simple one, but it is easily misunderstood. It is not necessary to use a bait cast reel; you can use a spinning reel. Any fishing rod make or will suffice, but a long one is needed to enable long distance casting, and the rod should correspond to the reel being used. The bait isible and not a lure or something resembling what a fish eats. I do not use live bait. Consider how long the live bait will survive when cast to long distances. This is not practical in my style of fishing.
I use two sizes of bait shrimp with a single hook pierced through the larger shrimp. I insert the hook from the back section of the shrimp and it exits below the head. The fish will not eat the tail section, so I remove it. Fish often feed from the back of the head, and behind the eyes, which is where the hook awaits. Many species suck in the bait shrimp, which allows the hook to catch the corner of the mouth.
I load the smaller shrimp into a bait basket container. They serve to attract and gather fish. Another reason to use smaller shrimp is to draw the bait takers or thieves away from the larger, main bait on the hook. The bait taking fish get their fill of the plentiful small bait before attempting to strike the main bait. The larger target fish are in the same general area with the bait takers as the small bait draws their attention too, but are probably keeping their distance from the smaller fish. Such caution allowed them to grow and mature. An angler, like myself waits for the big target fish to snatch the large shrimp at some point before another fish does.
As I stated earlier, mine is a simple style of fishing. I cast from a land surface to the sea, and I cast to long distances, exceeding a hundred meters at times. Although the style is simple, mistakes are easily made. A few common mistakes include trying long casts with an unbalanced setup, bait baskets opening in the mid of a cast, or not opening at all, fishing line tangling with the fishing float, and improper depth to target the fish.
The technical errors are easily corrected through experience, advice and tips from an experienced angler. As for the depth issue, asking someone may lead you into a trap of being given false information. Research and get to know your target fish. The place where you buy your gear or bait is often a better place to get useful data than at the fishing site where others compete for the same fish.
I know my target fish is found in the lower section of the ocean, often within 15 feet of the bottom. I constantly verify this with catches, but knew this before selecting that particular fish as my target.
Finally, being realistic is important, too. I would never target tuna at my fishing site. They do come by, but they are about 500 yards away. I could never reach them without a boat. However, during the warm months, I can switch my depth and use the same bait for bonito. They fill the area in summer, and make themselves the target.