Cast net modification.
Has anyone ever tried to add weight to your net for a faster sink rate to use in deeper and faster water? Here in West Virginia we are limited to a 3 foot radius net and all the nets that I found in that radius only have three quarters of pound of weight per foot of net, the better and larger nets have one and a half pounds per foot. I bought a Betts Tyzac net (3 foot radius) these nets are meant for shallow slow water applications so I thought I could add some weight. Any ideas would very helpful. Thanks,Phil :confused2:
I've been toying with the idea of adding some large split shot all the way around one of my net. I think I got it from Walmart, and have realized the difference in performance compared to other higher quality nets I have owned.
I think I added some to one by drilling out some egg sinkers, then cutting them open, prying a litte farther and then crimping them over the outside string between the other weights.
We have the same sort size law here.
Did adding the weight help the performance of your net.? Phil
get some big rubber core sinkers take rubber out and pinch them on.
Never really had much problems with the 3 footer I bought from walmart in my area.
- chip blevins
i've added weight to 6 ft nets using old weights off of an old torn up one. just tie them inbetween the existing ones with heavy mono
I've always wondered this also. I have a Bass Pro net with 1lb per ft. I would like to add some weight to mine, but do not want to hinder the performance of it opening!
I would love to hear some "expert" opinions on adding weight
- matthew wright
when adding weight, spread out on floor evenly, and distribute weight evenly. think of it as a clock face. start at 12 then 3 then 6 then 9oclock. you want to keep the balance. i would try 2oz bank sinkers, wired to those points. if more is needed, leave what you got, step down to 1oz banks and fill in evenly again. careful not to add to much to fast, can be too heavy at one point. takes some tuning.
- Jay Smith
I have an old 3 foot net that I added weight to once. I destroyed 3 nets and it was my last resort net. I took them from one of the other nets that was completely trashed. I was still able to throw it and get it to open but it aint near as easy. It will also wear you out quick if you are throwing a lot, searching for shad. Still never got good results in deep water, even with 2 lb of weight per foot and 40 foot of rope. Even tried the duct tape trick. I never caught any more shad with it after I modified it than I did before and never caught deep water shad with it. I also did not catch near the shad in it that I do with a bigger net. I have found that no matter what I do to a small net to make it better, a bigger net always works better. Thankfully we can use as big of a net as we want in KS, so I got another 7' net. The 3 foot net basically sits in the boat as an emergency net now.