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Old 03-06-2006, 09:17 AM
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Ok, wasn't quite sure where to put this because this is a multi purpose thread. #1 Other than flexibility of the net is there reall much difference between the $29.99 net and the $129.99 net? #2 I know doing it is the best way to learn, but I gotta start somewhere and don't even have the basics, is there a good video or website with instructions out there??? Or better yet, someone in this area with some time to kill and wanting a free trip out on a boat for some fish who can teach me?
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:23 AM
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I was thinking of getting one to. They come in so many sizes. I was thinking of getting a small one to start?
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:30 AM
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yeah I was thinking 4'-6' to start with but I'm not sure if its isn't worth dealing with the pain in the ass of a bigger net at the cost of those things....I don't want to buy a 4' or 6' just to learn and realize its way too small for what I need then have to go out and buy another one.........
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:36 AM
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I know what you mean. The video's make it look so easy. They most likly been throwing them for years.
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:38 AM
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I tried in Oct down in Myrtle beach and everytime I threw it, it just fell into the water as a big clump.....I really need some help LOL......
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:50 AM
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Thats funny. I thought I would do that too. I didn't want to look stupid.
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Old 03-06-2006, 12:17 PM
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"The nets sell from $20 to $100 bucks at Memphis Nets
and also You can check out Cast nets.com
and some high quality small bait nets from
Calusa Cast nets
You can also check out the how to throw a cast net video in the reference library. Cast net Video Topic
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I have 2, two different mesh sizes (one for hering one for bunker) both are 9' across when open, it takes a little prectice,the net has to be gathered so that the first section that leaves your hand is the last one you gather in, when you throw the net, your arm goes away from your body in a outward circular motion, when done correctly it will fall in a nice circle, when gathering bunker I've found that if you drive circles around the sinking net it tends to push the baite into the middle, it's alot eaiser than using a gill net and usualy dont require permits (as do gill nets) but always check you local laws.. they may vary county to county, town to town, state to stated...
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Roc what kind did you get, cheap one?
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I posted this same topic on another board that I read. Needless to say, this one has much more conversation, however I did get one good pointer "Always be cautious of your surroundings" It was recommended to me not to get an expensive net, when throwing where you can't see the bottom, you never know what you're going to catch and stand the chance of catching something that won't come up off the bottome (ie Stump or rock) which will cost your your cast net by either never coming free, or shredding it.
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I think Jimmy moved it.
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I've had them for years, I cant remember what i paid for them, I bought them from a comercial fishing outfitter in Gloucester(Ma) over 20 years ago..
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They lasted a long time?
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You may want to practice with an expensive net first till you feel confident before moving up to better high quality net. There is a big difference between Low end and high- end nets, its like night and day. Your high-end nets will fan out a lot better and sink a lot faster, and they are a lot easier to throw

You should try and go with a larger net, at least 6ft unless you are throwing in little tiny creeks or if the baitfish are schooled up and you can visually see them all the time. With smaller diameter nets your going to throw a lot more because you are not covering as much water. Like anything you do it?s going to take practice. I do like to use a 6? net when throwing in boat slips or when I?m up in small feeder creeks.

My fishing is done all in freshwater and YES you are going to get the net hung sometime or another (believe me you just got to accept that and deal with it) I usually will go thru a couple nets a season.
I had a 10ft net absolutely trashed last summer when I made a throw into what appeared to be a school of skipjack herring ended up being a school of gar.
It was so heavy we could not even lift it in the boat. There was gar 5? long and a bunch of them with their teeth mangled and wrapped in the net everywhere it was way beyond salvaging.

I personally like to throw a 8 ft ?West Coast True Spread Net? the majority of the time www.westcoastnets.com These are really good high end nets that don?t have the real high end cost, and they have one of the best instructional videos out there too!

Calusa makes another low end net (Cracker nets) but as you will find you can get a 8? West Coast net for $100.00 and a 8? Cracker net for $150.00. Spending a little money on a cast net is very justifiable when you consider the price of bait, and there is nothing better than using natural bait from the waters you intend on fishing.

It?s like the Master Card commercials

Cast Net $100.00
Instructional video on how to use it $10.00
Making your first perfect throw and getting a net full of bait ?PRICELESS!?


A good tip when using any net is to soak it in a bucket of water and add some fabric softener as it will soften up your net. Always spray your net with freshwater when done using it for the day and hang it vertical in the shade to dry. Try and keep it out of the sun whenever not in use. If you get a hole in it make sure to patch it up as a small hole will become a LARGER hole in time.

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okay, so you can;t cast a net. no problem! www.easythrow.com. when you see the video of a woman throwing a net you will cringe and your privates will as well. never fear! uncle zim is here! 50 bucks and you can get a video if you can;t read.LOL. get on ebay and see if you can get one cheaper as they sell em at auction as well. i personally don;t like the ring they are sold with but for a beginer it will make things easier instruction wise. good luck and hope (know) this helps you. ps. be careful as they are harder to throw as the radius gets bigger. get the smallest one first before you graduate to larger, and bear in mind what you will be netting ie; herring/bunker/spearing/peanut bunker/mullet. as the nets comes in different gauges.



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