First Castnet ever

Discussion in 'Castnet(s)' started by rnickel17, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. rnickel17

    rnickel17 Well-Known Member

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    Well I finally decided to get a cast after all these years. Should have got one a long time ago. I just wanted to get something small, affordable, with decent quality. Didn’t want one with plastic coated weights.

    So I bought a 4’ Betts Hi Tider. I know it’s pretty small, but I just wanted something I could get used to throwing right first and get the hang of. Plus there’s a lot of small tight areas that shad get caught in around here that this would be perfect for. Like drain pipe areas.

    I know, not too exciting. But I am a little excited of the possibilities of bait I can find with this thingy.

    I’ll see how she goes!
     
  2. Brackish*Water

    Brackish*Water Well-Known Member

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    congrats
    better to throw a smaller net well than throw a big one lousy
     

  3. SteveMcK

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    You got a good one. I had a 6ft High Tider up until last week. It lasted 3yrs until I completely destroyed it on a log. Just got in a 7ft Super Spreader 1/2'' mesh with 1.1 lbs of lead per ft. The High Tider has 3/4lb/ft. The bigger heavier net is by far better but the High Tider will do good until the shad get deep.
     
  4. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You would be better to find a grassy spot in the shade and practice. There are numerous ways to throw a net and it seems what works for some may not work for others so go back and forth between Youtube and the practice yard until you find what works best for you.
     
  5. rnickel17

    rnickel17 Well-Known Member

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    That is Excellent advice Tom! Thankyou for suggesting that.
     
  6. rnickel17

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    Well said dude!
     
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  7. SteveMcK

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    I learned from a 14 year old kid on You Tube.
     
  8. Brackish*Water

    Brackish*Water Well-Known Member

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    my last couple of trips
    do not buy or take bait
    launch boat
    tie up boat catch bait
    if ya dont catch bait
    ya dont fish
    :tongue1:
     
  9. Herbhome

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    No pressure!
     
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  10. SteveMcK

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    That's me every day. I never catch any on unnatural baits. Sometimes it takes me longer to catch bait than I get to fish.
     
  11. typer181

    typer181 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Right there with you Steve. I catch fresh bait every time I hit the water.
    With the exception of skippies.
     
  12. Thunder head

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    Watch videos of several different ways to throw a net. Dont be afraid to try different ones. I picked one and struggled for a couple of years.
    Finally realized i just couldn't throw a big net one handed. Switched to a two handed method. I can throw my 8' 50 times and pancake it almost all the time.
     
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  13. typer181

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    Do you have a link to a video of the two handed throw that you prefer?
     
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  14. rnickel17

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    Lol! That was probably one of the first I saw too! It was pretty solid man!
     
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  15. rnickel17

    rnickel17 Well-Known Member

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    I like that! I feel I learn a heck of a lot more about the water I fish when I catch bait from it rather than buy it. Just up until now it was with rod and reel. I’ve already been catching a ton of small bluegills and minnows with the cast net.
     
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  16. Brackish*Water

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    +1
     
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  17. Brackish*Water

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    aint puttin no cast net in my mouth either


    :tongue1:
     
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  18. Herbhome

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    If my throw involved the net in my mouth, teeth would likely go flying!
     
  19. LeeWoolery

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    Ray:

    On hook and line, it used to take me a couple of hours to gather bait for a night's fishing.

    Since I went to the cast net, sometimes I catch enough shad on one throw and suckers and chubs in 2 or 3 tosses.

    Only problem is you cannot catch game fish in a cast net but I have much better success on shad and suckers so it's not an issue.

    Also...I lost 10 nets last year to snags so watch where you throw.
     
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  20. Thunder head

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    How to throw a large cast net, by joshua Taylor



    One reason i picked this one is having to throw over the pontoon rail.
     
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