Good cast nets?

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by fbinsley, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. fbinsley

    fbinsley New Member

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    i want to start catching my own bait using a net. i have never done it, i always go catch bream with a hook and worm but i takes away from the lil time i have for catfishin. doas anyone know a good net at a good price for someone who isnt rich and also some pointers on how and when to use them ( yes while your at it you might as well catch the fish for me, lol) thanks fellas
     
  2. catfishinsc

    catfishinsc New Member

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    I don't have much experience with cast nets so I can't help you much there. You mentioned using bream for bait, and I just wanted to remind you that in SC you cannot keep bream caught in a cast net.

    I recently bought a super spreader net. This was the first net I ever bought. All the others I had used were old ones my dad had that I never could get to open very well. I haven't used the new net to catch bait yet, but I have practiced with it in the back yard and it opens well.

    From what I've seen, good nets aren't cheap. I didn't figure I would use mine much, probably mostly at the pond, so I got a relatively cheap one.
     

  3. snakeman76

    snakeman76 New Member

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    Check wal-mart thats where I got mine dont remember the price but its a good net made by renegade comes with a carring case and instructions
     
  4. BigRoo

    BigRoo New Member

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    First thing you need to do is find out what the size restriction is on the diameter and mesh size. Here in West Virginia we are limited to a six foot diameter and three eights mesh. The Betts series of cast nets are nice the "Old Salt" is a good one if it meets the laws of your state. The "Old Salt" I think starts at seven foot diameter and goes up from there. There are several videos on You Tube showing how to cast a net. Phil :big_smile:
     
  5. billfish76

    billfish76 Active Member

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    I use a super spreader net in the 7' size. Gander Mt in Mooresville NC has them for $40 and a 5' for $30. They are nice nets and dont use lead for the weights. For the money you cant get a nicer net. I agree with the above about the "Old Salt" nets, but they are twice as much. I go through @4 nets a year if not more.
     
  6. snooker_hooker

    snooker_hooker New Member

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    Spend the money and get a 6 panel net. They will open every time. Betts or calusa nets. Best nets I have ever known. You will spend more but worth the money.
     
  7. LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN

    LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN New Member

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    I have a 5ft betts.....no better in my opinion.
     
  8. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    My advice is to start off with a cheap Wal-Mart one. I say this because being new you have a good chance off messing it up,kinda part of learning your waters. After you learn where and where not to throw it you can get ya a nicer one.
     
  9. Mr. Foster

    Mr. Foster New Member

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    I would take Jims advice. The ones from Wal Mart also have a DVD included showing you how to throw it.
     
  10. catfishfearme

    catfishfearme New Member

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    as much as i hate to say it, getting a low cost net at wal-mart till you learn it would be the best bet i think
     
  11. LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN

    LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN New Member

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    I agree with that also.Buy a cheap one and see how you do,and then spend the money when you get it down pat.
     
  12. screamnclickersc

    screamnclickersc New Member

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    I also use a 7' Blue Super Spreader .I also use a 3' Bass Pro Shops for around docks.
     
  13. Redneck in a Skiboat

    Redneck in a Skiboat New Member

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    I'd start out with a smaller (4-6 feet) net. They are easier to learn with. If you just want to catch some bait sized bream and in a hurry, the sabaki rig tipped with 1/4 inch pieces of red worm do the trick for me. I drop it in around the boat ramps and courtesy docks in the daylight hours. I'm even starting to ditch the sabaki rigs and making my own bream rig. Just a piece of 12 pound mono with 4 or 5 dropper loops on it. Then a short piece of 4 pound mono with number 10 hooks(very small) tied to each dropper loop. Barrel swivel at the top and a 1/4 oz. bell sinker on the bottom. No beads, no wings, no flashy stuff, just simple swivel, hooks, line, and sinker. Tip each hook with a 1/4 inch piece of red worm and if they are gills around they can't resist it. When one hits just leave in the water he'll flash and jerk around and attract others. Oh Yeah, Welcome to the BOC!
     
  14. red1691

    red1691 New Member

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    Welcome Frank to the BOC ! As you can see you have found the site with some of the best informed catfish folks around! Just remember game fish caught in cast net must be released, by S.C. law! Have fun and catch some bigins!!!
     
  15. fbinsley

    fbinsley New Member

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    well, i made it to the flea market saturday and i found a 6ft net for 10 bucks cuz the carrying case was broke. anyway i watched a few youtube vids on how to throw the net and went to the landing to practice...it didnt go so well. i did pull up a 7ft white shakespere rod and reel :)
    Anyway i will try later
     
  16. billfish76

    billfish76 Active Member

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    Practice at the house in the yard, watch out at ramps for snags. Dont want to loose a net learning how to throw it.
     
  17. catfish1083

    catfish1083 New Member

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    and if throwing it on a boat remember watch out any thing can snag them. i just recently lost mine due to i didnt get it over the rod holder and ripped i wide open:crazy::sad2:
     
  18. fbinsley

    fbinsley New Member

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    I got it now....I was out in the yard and looked at the net and it just made sense. I picked it up and took it outta the box and believe it or not I threw a perfect circle. I did it 5 more times in a row and decided I got it....Now i cant wait to put it to the test...thanks everyone for all the info!