Original post made by William Sipes(Riverrat) on September 9, 2002 Multiple posts were combined to make this one. First thing you need to do is get all the horror stories you have heard out of your mind. On a small net, up to a 5 foot radius, which would be a 10 foot wide net, they are really quite easy to learn how to use. There are basically 6 steps to go through to get a good opening throw on a cast net, and we are going to go through it step by step. Remember, this is for a small net, up to a 10 foot wide (diameter) or 5 foot radius net, and it's shown from a right hand throwers view. A word of caution before we start. If you are throwing from a boat, putting your hand through the loop of the rope might not be a good idea. You can tie it to a cleat on the boat, to make sure you don't get the net snagged and end up pulling yourself over the side. STEP 1) Take the connecting rope and either put your hand through the loop, or tie it securely to the boat cleat. Coil the rope in loops into the palm of your right hand, starting at the end and work your way down to the net. STEP 2) Holding the net in your left hand, letting the bottom( lead line) touch the ground, place the net in your right hand on TOP of the rope you have coiled there. You want your right hand to hold the net so the lead line is touching the ground, and your right hand is about at belt height. Some of the net should be sticking out of the top of your right hand. STEP3) Reach down and grab one of the lead weights with your left hand and bring it up to your right hand, which is still holding the coiled rope and net. Place this weight between your thumb and index finger. The weight you pick should be in a straight line below the thumbnail of your right hand STEP 4) Now reach down again and grab another weight that is about an arms length from the weight in your right hand, and hold this in your left hand between your thumb and index finger STEP 5) Keeping your feet facing the water, rotate your upper body to your right so you are looking to your right STEP 6) In one motion, rotate your body back facing the water, swinging your right arm slightly up and out, releasing the rope, net and the weight from your right hand, and follow through with your left hand, releasing the weight that was held by that hand also. An hour or so of practice and you should be throwing a cast net with very good results. It doesn't take that long to get the hang of it, and there is nothing like catching your own live bait for catfishing. Let the net sink to whatever depth you want it to, then pull on the cord to close the net and draw it in. Pulling up on the round plastic piece at the top of the net releases the net, letting whatever you caught to drop out.