Well, I went to Wallyworld and bought a cheap mono cast net. Practiced some in my back yard and decided I was ready to try it in water! First few casts were ok with a few bad ones mixed in! Anyway, on the first day of having it I got it caught up on something...yep, I walked out...not too deep to get it unsnagged. The next day when I started using it again I saw a small tear in the mono. Anyway, fixed it by whipping some mono line in the tear. Sure not a professional job but it works. So far I have had no problems finding smaller shad 3-5" range, but my son likes using green sunfish for bass and also catfishing. Can't seem to find them yet, but the bait store in town has them for sale most everyday so he finds them somewhere. Any tips or suggestions for green sunfish locations?? Also thanks for the help from those who responded to an earlier post about buying the cast net!!