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    Quote Originally Posted by Yaker View Post
    I agree with you,but I have this weird passion to learn as many techniques as I can,cast nets have fascinated me for many years,I needs to learn it.
    Well the first thing to learn is that not all cast nets are created equal, and by that I'm not referring to simply the size of them.
    Go to Wall Mart and buy a cheap net and you will have just that, a cheap net which wont perform well and will frustrate you as you throw it. Ultimatly, it will probably gather dust somewhere.
    Also, throwing a large net isn't as easy as it might appear, as they tend to get heavier as they get bigger if they are a decent net.
    Buying an off the shelf net, even of good quality, might not perform well for all type uses. Catching Pilchards in 2' of water isn't the same as catching something in 10' even if the same mesh size is required. Sink rate which is due to the amount and size of the lead used around the perimeter is a major factor. For zeroing in on the bait schools of shiners seen on a fish finder, id be doubtfull you will
    find a cheap net even worth having. Before you just go buy a net, do some research and be specific as to what your use for it will be.
    We happen to be fortunate here in Florida in that there is lots of live bait used, especially by the salt water guides and fisherman.
    Guides in the Keys either have it when they leave or they stop and net it after leaving the dock, and you wont be seeing any cheap nets.
    Tim Wade from Melbourne FL. is about as good as it gets for custom made nets, and they are widely used by the guides.
    And, they aren't as costly as you might think, and should you damage it later, he will also repair it.
    A 6' custom net from him would be in the ball park range of about $125. I would call him and ask questions, especially of the need for large size nets. Don't forget, a 6' net is about 12' in diameter. 321 508 2836.
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    This is the best way I have learned to throw a cast net. One handed method everything is one hand this way you don't have to get wet throwing the net over your shoulder or having to put a nasty net cord in your mouth. Learn this way first by throwing the net in your yard. Try to get that perfect loop. Then when you get out on the water it will work great. You tube is a great way to learn how what ever way you decide to throw a cast net.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l0H...10D8A2BF98784B



    Be safe and good luck fishing

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    Thanks Scrat,that's exactly how I've decided to toss a net.After watching countless videos,I figure why toss the hard way when the easy way works so good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yaker View Post
    Thanks Scrat,that's exactly how I've decided to toss a net.After watching countless videos,I figure why toss the hard way when the easy way works so good.
    Well size does in fact matter when throwing a net. lol
    Big nets require a different approach to throwing them, and it's best to figure on getting wet.
    Try to find Scott Walker, (Tail Walker) on you tube and watch him throw a large net.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yobuck View Post
    Well size does in fact matter when throwing a net. lol
    Big nets require a different approach to throwing them, and it's best to figure on getting wet.
    Try to find Scott Walker, (Tail Walker) on you tube and watch him throw a large net.
    Yeah,our wonderful state law requires nets to be no more than 6' diameter,so tossing one handed hasn't been a problem in the yard.Now I just have to wait for the ice to clear off the lakes to get the net wet.
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    You might want to consider the bottom of the creek or lake you will be using this net in I would think it would not matter what size of net you would throw if you were in a body of water that only had mud or sand,But if that body of water had rocks you might just get it hung up,and rip a great big hole in your brand new throw net,or worse cant get it loose and have to dive to retreave it,might be the temptature of the water is really cold. Ask me how I know, bought a 4ft.throw net about 6-7 years a go practised in my yard and thought I was good enough to go get some bait.found a creek,slung a good circle and guess what got it hung on the bottom,caught on a big rock and could not get it off. I pulled off my shoes and shirt, hid my bilfold and pocket stuff and in I went.Boy was that water cold,aint been right sense.Saved my new throw net and I still use it get all the shad I want bet I dont let it go all the way to the bottom.

    A 4ft throw net is big enough for me.besides its not as hard to sling,as a bigger one is.my age says im not tough enough for any thing bigger that that....
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    For catching my own bait, I primarily hit up the creeks and use the standard Wal-Mart nets (5' radius, 3/8" mesh) for creek chubs. I'd use chubs and small bluegill for catfish. If I'm looking for smaller, crappie minnows, I use a minnow seine or a dip net and try to corral the minnows into a corner and scoop them up. I've seen a guy use bread for minnows and shiners in a similar fashion. He would float some bread on top of the water, and while they were busy eating it, he'd slip the seine underneath them and scoop them up. I've used umbrella nets too for smaller baits if I see them schooling close to shore. I've baited the net with bread, and wait to see them busting the surface before quickly scooping them up. Lot's of options for catching your own bait.

    As for catching shad in a lake or river, I've had luck with the same Wal-Mart net on shad within 2 to 3 feet of water. I've had no luck on deeper schools of shad with these nets. I think you need 3/4" to 1" mesh with a 1.5 lb per foot lead line and a radius of 6' or larger.
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    I throw 4' radius nets, one is 3/8 inch holes and is mono, the other 1/4 holes and is nylon. I only use my nylon net in shallow creeks for shiners and chubs. The nylon doesn't seem to beat them up as bad and they live a lot long. I use my mono net for shad and suckers. I expect the shad to die so I dont care if they get beat up.

    2 pieces of advice I will give. #1.) Don't throw your net if you don't know whats in front of you. I have been throwing a cast net for 20+ years and have lost a few nets to "blind" throwing while searching for shad on the river. #2.) Always check your catch! Don't assume they are all shad or all shiners. Once I had a net full of shad and dumped it in my bucket. There was a 3" smallmouth mixed in that I didn't see and a game warden checked my bucket. Lucky for me it was still alive and the warden knew it was an honest mistake.
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