you may fish, live bait is always the best lure. To save time
and money, you need to keep live bait ready. Cast netting is
the most economic tool for catching your own bait. You can also
use a cast net to catch shrimp, larger fish, mullet, etc.
have been used for thousands of years. A good example of cast
netting in antiquity is after His resurrection, Jesus tells his
disciples to "'Throw your net on the
right side of the boat and you will find some.' When they
did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large
number of fish." (John 21:6 NIV).
is very popular, either in fresh or salt water, and can be used
in different applications from Sport to Commercial fishing. Many
people use cast nets, from kids to experienced professional fishermen,
almost everywhere in the world.
NET BASIC STRUCTURE
- Swivel: two metal loops or rings
attached together, that turn at both ends.
- Hand line: a rope which is attached
to the swivel on one end, with the other end attached
to the caster's wrist.
- Horn: a ring with an indentation
around the center, where the top of the net is tied.
- Lead Line: a rope with sinkers attached.
This rope is at the outside perimeter of the net to
- Brail Lines: lines attached to the
swivel at one end and to the leadline at the other.
Their function is to pucker the net, thus trapping
- Netting: made from nylon multifilament
or monofilament to form the desired mesh.
HOW CAST NETS WORK
the net creates a driving force that causes the lead line to
open the net to a flat form, the lead weights then sink the net.
After the net has sunk, and the brail line is pulled, the lead
line is forced to close, thus creating a pouch in the net which
holds the catch, trapping a school of shrimp or fish. After pulling
the net from the water, opening the leadline will cause the catch
to fall out.
on what kind of catch is targeted, i.e. shrimp, pin fish, shiner,
mullet, sardine, etc., the correct size of mesh and net will
provide more accurate hauls. As with any fishing equipment, the
bigger the targeted catch, the bigger size of mesh and stronger
netting material needed.
(Above) -square is also called 'bar' and the stretch size is diagonal across the mesh with it stretched(always double the bar measurement).
Which Cast Net Should I Get?
Depending on what kind of catch is targeted, i.e. shrimp, pin fish, shiner, mullet, sardine, etc., the correct size of mesh and net will provide more accurate hauls. As with any fishing equipment, the bigger the targeted catch, the bigger size of mesh and stronger netting material needed.
The picture above describes the difference between square mesh and stretch mesh when we talk about mesh size. Square mesh means the distance from knot to knot. Stretch mesh is twice the size of sqare mesh; length from top to bottom of the diamond shape mesh when it's stretched. This is all there is to know about cast net mesh size.
Please use the table below to guide you in choosing a cast net.
|1" - 3"
||¼"SQ (1/2" STR.)
||5 - 9 LBS
|3" - 6"
||3/8" SQ (3/4" STR.)
||7 - 15 LBS
|6" - 9"
||½ " SQ ( 1" STR.)
||9 - 20 LBS
|9" - 12"
||5/8" SQ (1-1/4" STR.)
||12 - 25 LBS
||1" SQ. OVER (2" STR.
||20 LB and OVER
TO THROW A CAST NET
many ways to throw a cast net. If you need to find the right
method, or just need to practice, we have several videos available
If you ask 5 people you will likely get 5 different methods of throwing it. So to get you started, here is one for you, demonstrated for those who are right handed.
- 1. Attatch the end of the hand line to your wrist by either slide your hand through the loop at the end or make a second loop as shown then attatch to wrist.
- 2. Collect the rest of your hand line and hold it in the same hand.
- 3. Grab on to the top of the cast net, just below the horn.
- 4. With your right hand, straighten up the net and slide your right hand down by your right hip.
- 5. Take the webbing on your right hand and place it in your left hand with the rest of the net handing over.
- 6. Pick up the section of lead line closest to you.
- 7. There are many people who like to put the LEAD line in their mouth...not sure why, but for the sake of health and this tutorial, we will throw this section of lead line over your left arm. The effect is the same.
- 8. Now, with your right hand, reach under the cast net and grab about half of the net. So you'll end up with about half the weight on your left hand and half on the right.
- 9. Use your fingers and move the lead line so that it is enclosed in your right hand.
- 10. Face your target area with both hands up at around elbow height.
- 11. Swing the cast net about 45 degrees to your left while keeping your foot stationary.
- 12. Throw! Release right hand first immediately followed by left while keeping your left hand close to your body.
- 13. Your cast net should open up as shown. Now just wait around 10 seconds until the net sinks to the bottom and pull up by the hand line.If you've picked a good spot, you will have all the bait you need!
Cast Net Care
The most important thing in cast
net care is rinsing your net after every use. Washing the net
not only washes away the salt water; it also removes fish particles
and slime remaining on the net. The fish slime is particularly
harmful in deteriorating the net. Simply rinse well with a
garden hose and allow the net to dry. Then place the net into
a bucket or any other dry storage area.
Sunlight is another harmful element to the cast net. Do
not allow your cast net to stay in the sunlight for long
periods of time. This is especially important for monofilament
cast nets. Overexposure to sunlight will cause the netting
to become brittle and weak.
Another secret in cast net care is fabric softener.
By using fabric softener you can prevent the
net from becoming stiff and help in the overall
spread of the net. Just take a pail of water,
add a cup of softener, and place the cast net
in the pail, for about one hour. Remove the net,
rinse, and store the net after it dries. This
process should be done when the net is first
purchased and repeated every six to eight months.
Finally, just inspect your net occasionally,
checking for any holes or weak areas. You, or
your local net shop can repair these areas. If
repairing the net yourself, "How
to Make and Mend Cast Nets" by Ted Dahlem can
be a helpful tool. Also, you may contact us for
any twine, netting, or needles that are
used in any repairs.
Order our video, "The Art
of Cast Net Throwing".
This video shows you step by step everything you need to know
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