soften up your cast net

Discussion in 'Castnet(s)' started by laidbck111, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    Does anyone have a better way to soften up a castnet than soaking it in the washing machine in hot water and two cups of fabric softner. It works great but I am always wanting to try somthing new.
     
  2. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    come on now I know with all this knowledge here there has got to be a better way.
     

  3. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    ok maybe I asked the wrong question. Does any one know how to soten up a new cast net other than the way I mentioned before.
     
  4. dafin

    dafin New Member

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    I keep my net is a bucket of water, it stays soft.
     
  5. samh

    samh New Member

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    Get one that's over 50 years old, then it will hardly ever get stiff.
     
  6. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    thanks for yall help. I think I might try the plain water. I have a few days to soften up a new net. and if that doesn't work I guess I can go with my only tried and true method.
     
  7. catrod

    catrod New Member

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    I just leave mine in a 3 gallon bucket with plain old tap water[well water]. It stays soft, as soft as it will get.
     
  8. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    Fabric softner is the only thing I ever heard to use. Although I just use mine. I never store it in water I just wad it up and stick it in a bucket.
     
  9. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    i wonder how that reel magic would work on a mono net?
     
  10. bobs bait

    bobs bait New Member

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    i just take a 5 gallon bucke put in some fabric softerner then fill it up with water lay a brick on top of net to keep it in the bucket after a couple of days take it out rinse it off good hang it up to dry then put it in a bucket of water with a lid works great for me
     
  11. LEROYDOZOIS

    LEROYDOZOIS New Member

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    i have a 4ft net so mine will stay in a 1ga bucket...


    rolled up and when not sing it i put it in the bucket so when the shad start jumping its ready to fling open :wink:
     
  12. ho_shi

    ho_shi New Member

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    i use the ez throws (when walmart has them) and i made the mistake of leavin it in a bucket for a few days in the sun!! talk about starched!!!!, now i leave it in the bottom 5 gal bucket with water covering it (keeps the bucket from blowin out too when drivin) and doin that i always have a bucket for my shad
     
  13. SkiMax

    SkiMax New Member

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    if you need to soften it, my advice is to throw throw throw. I have never seen a net that wouldn't soften after one night that is hard to catch bait. :big_smile:
     
  14. justwannano

    justwannano Active Member

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    So am I to understand that fabric softener will soften up a mono net?
    If so how much do you use per gallon?
    have a good un
    just
     
  15. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    like max said just use the net.
     
  16. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

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    Fill up a bucket with warm water, just enough to cover the net. Add some fabric softener, maybe 1/2 cup or so, doesn't really matter. Soak for a couple of hours. Rinse well and away you go.
     
  17. seaark ryan

    seaark ryan New Member

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    After using the fabric softener and after the net has been dried out, will it still be soft the next time you go to use it?
     
  18. MSgtCatfish

    MSgtCatfish New Member

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    When I buy a new net, I pour nothing but fabirc softener into the bucket the net came in until it covers the net completely and let it soak for at least 36 hours. After that, I don't do anything else to it but throw and catch bait. I've had one net for a little over 5 years and it's still soft and opens easy.
     
  19. seaark ryan

    seaark ryan New Member

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    Thanks for the reply! I have a new net that I am going to give it a try.
     
  20. jerry9497

    jerry9497 New Member

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    I dont try to soften mine, I hang it by the ring and let weights hang down and stretch net straight. it seems to help...maybe. might would help if I soaked it in the bait bucket first:smile2: