Throw net- I need help

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Beaver, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. Beaver

    Beaver New Member

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    What size of throw net do you guys recommend I start with.
    I will be throwing it from my boat.
    Any comments or suggestions on how to throw it will be helpful.

    Thanks Brothers.

    HARRY
     
  2. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Harry, before you start throwing one from a boat, you should practice with a 3' net on land till you figure it out good.
    A castnet can be very difficult in a boat at times(wakes from other boats and obsticals in the boat). Practice makes perfect. Just friendly advice Buddy!!!
     

  3. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    I totally agree with JW, practice in your yard some. That's how I did it, I actually started out with a 6ft net, and then once I mastered throwing the 6ft I moved up to a 7ft. Luckily I can catch most of my bait off the shore, I have a hard time throwing the net off our little 14ft boat.
     
  4. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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    I agree... practice on land before even think about throwing from a boat or you'll throw yourself right in the water.... and hes is also right about a 3' net... they can be very difficult at first..
     
  5. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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  6. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    I just started throwing a castnet a couple of months ago. After talking to a bunch of people and seeing what was said here, I got a 3.5 footer. It took a while, but I've gotten better and get just about all the bait I need. But, the next net will be a 5 footer. If you know someone with a 5 foot or larger castnet that'll help you learn, do it. But, if you are doing it on your own like me, the smaller net will be easier to learn with. Most don't tell you, but casting a net can be hard on the back until you are used to it.
     
  7. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest starting with a bigger one. 3 1/2 feet is really small, and as you throw in deeper water it will be virtually ineffective.

    Throw in the driveway. It is a lot easier than picking all the grass out of it!!!!
     
  8. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    Get some practice on dry land first then try on the boat. Water has a mind of its own so it's not always smooth.
     
  9. dwreel

    dwreel New Member

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    The video from Calusa that "blackwaterkatz" mentioned is the way I learned. Start with a 3' net. It will make it a lot easier to learn due to less weight.
     
  10. smitty1

    smitty1 New Member

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    hey beav, I agree it is easier to start with a smaller net and also you want to look at your state regulations on a legal size also. To try to tell ya how to throw it thats imposible with out showing ya, but if ya buy one of those with the throwing ring, I hear they do help. I have one but could throw a net before i bought it, it was the only one they had at the store. Well good luck with the net and good luck fishing
     
  11. ccfields

    ccfields New Member

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    I would start with the 3' net for a week, but move on to the 6'. That's the size I recomend for catching bait fish.
     
  12. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    Harry, Harry, visit the library... there's lots of info on cast nets...:big_smile:
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Never anger a dragon, for you are crunchy and you go well with Brie.
     
  13. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Of course, if you want to throw big nets and they don't allow them in your state, move to Texas. The max size is 14 ft, bigger than a lot of boats.
     
  14. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    When hearing these sizes, remember one thing. They come in either radias or diameter. Big difference! I bought one oneline before that said it was a 6ft castnet. It was! 6ft radias! I still haven't been able to throw that 12 ft diameter net.
    I, too, would suggest starting out with a 3ft "radias" (6ft dia) net. It takes practice alright, but don't get discouraged. It's like riding a bike, once you learn it, you will always be able to throw one. I have taught dozens of folks to throw castnets. Some were throwing like pro's within an hour. If I could offer only one bit of advice, it is this. You are not throwing the net, you are swinging the weights in a large circle, then letting loose at the right time. If you are holding it correctly, it will open up properly.
     
  15. DELLIS

    DELLIS New Member

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    see the video done by tea very well done
     
  16. MississippiJugHead

    MississippiJugHead New Member

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    Remember that when you use a castnet in a boat you do not tie off the rope to your hand. Tie it to a gunwhale on the boat. This way if you snag you do not end up being pulled into the water.
     
  17. cschottfish

    cschottfish New Member

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  18. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I can thrwo one great from the bank, but I hate throwing them from a boat, I dont like boats:big_smile: To Rocky..I would suggest a 4 ft mono net, something like Betts tyzak!
     
  19. truckin4x4

    truckin4x4 New Member

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    Harry i agree with JW i think that you should throw from the shore befor you do from the bank. i tried to throw teas and it is for sure something you have to get down. as a mater of fact tea just posted a great peace on how to throw a cast net. you can find it on in the library. has video and everything
     
  20. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    i would say a 6ft diameter (3foot radius)....you'll catch bait, learn, and eventually gain confidence to throw a ten footer!!