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Old 02-02-2016, 07:46 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Russ Borman View Post
Get a cast net around 8 to 10 ft in diameter. you can fill a 5 gallon bucket in a dozen or so throw with one. youtube to learn there are a couple of ways to throw one just use the one your comfortable with. Have fun but be carful its addicting
The more you throw, the better you'll get. We're cast net addicts. When the mullet are running, my son can fill our baitwell with a couple of good throws. This grainy shot was taken last year on Kiawah Island, SC. You can see the school scattering as the net approaches them. My wife's also deadly with a cast net but her usual targets are shrimp.
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:29 AM   #22
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We have a cast net, but in SE AK we use Sabiki rigs, weighted with a 4oz sinker. We often pull up 4 herring at a time, and they often get hooked almost immediately as soon as the rig gets to the depth where they are. We carry 3-4 of them for a summer, as they do wear out. Rinse the Sabiki with fresh water when you're done, or it will rust pretty quick.

Freshly caught herring works really well for us, bottom fishing for halibut or lings, or mooching for salmon (we tend to use hoochies for trolling). It'll keep several days if kept good and cold, or you could salt it.

Young kids get a big kick out of catching so many fish so easily.

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Old 02-02-2016, 08:59 AM   #23
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Down here on the gulf coast we use cast nets offshore all the time. Cigar minnows, menhaden, etc. The net does not need to hit the bottom, just start pulling it up after a couple seconds. You'll want the biggest net you can throw and the widest mesh that will still catch your target bait. The wider the mesh the faster it sinks. You'll also want the heaviest net you can throw, again to sink faster.

Watch YouTube videos until you find a method you like. I opted for a method where my teeth weren't involved, the net could rest on the deck while loaded and looking for bait, and was relatively easy to reload. Once you learn a solid method you'll be able to throw any medium to large net without a problem. Practice makes perfect.

Keep in mind that a good custom net with more panes will throw and open much better than a cheap Wally-world net.

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