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Old 09-21-2014, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know cast netting is illegal in many parts of Colorado, but its basically open season out here. I'm going to be buying a cast net soon to get into some good, free catfish and striper bait.

Does anyone have experience throwing one? I've been watching some instructional videos and have seen some insane methods, including some that involve holding the lead line in your teeth while throwing. Yikes...

I'm thinking about starting with a 6' radius cast net... 12' diameter. Will be going after chubs, shad, and sunfish.

Is this going to be a sufficient size? Any particular method you would recommend to a beginner for getting the perfect circle without putting the damn net in my mouth?
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A 6 ft net is going to be hard to throw for a first timer, I would start with a 4 ft that opens to 8 then you don't have to learn the teeth and doubling up of line and such. Real easy to throw from shore also. I have all three and the 4 footer is the go to net I use, but Your not going to catch as much bait. You just have to throw it a few more times and your good.

At these cat tourneys The guys using the larger nets have a lot of experience and chase shad down. Someone drives the bait using the boat into the coves and the other guy is at the bow throwing the net when one surfaces. This time of year they are a bit scattered so not that easy to catch. What I did was put the ipilot on auto and just drove the boat and one would surface enough so that I could cast to it. From shore I would use the 4 footer, you wouldn't need the height. A 3 footer would catch the bait no problem you describe from shore and is the easiest to throw.


How you been doing Owen you land any large cats yet? Seen something about you going to Watts bar, That is supposed to be a great lake for blues from what I hear. Its on the bucket list some day for me. We have been landing a lot of monsters here in CO so if you ever move back or visit, we will line you up with some fun Channels, bigger than most blues people catch LOL so Keep in touch.

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As far as size of net, how big a man are you... strong... will you be wading for most/part of the time?
As an example, I am 5'10 and was about 190 playing football in excellent shape, throwing an 11' (radius) while wading in water up to above my navel... and popping a perfect circle every time... after 10+ years of experience.
As for holding the net in your teeth... I don't recommend doing so if you wear dentures/front partials... if so you can tuck the lead line under your chin against your shoulder to achieve the same affect... if not you just have to remember to open your mouth at the proper time, lol.
I have seen some guys that can even hold the lead in their lead hand and achieve good results.
It is a very effective way to catch fish.
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Also, there may be restrictions on the size of net allowed in fresh water.
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Thanks guys. And yea, Daris... Posted the report and pix on that same thread on BOC. Check it out there. No blues yet.

I'll look for a 4' net then... There are some REALLY easy ways to cast a small net.
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Here's one. No teeth, no wrapping net around your leg, elbow and shoulders...

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That loop one end of the rope is really nice to put your hand through so you don't toss the net in. Like I did learning back on lake mead. I jumped in after the net and the water was warmer than the air.
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Cast nets are easy when you get the hang of it, my biggest problem when I started was I was holding the weights to far away from eachother, you only want to hold like 4-6 weights a part from eachother. If that makes any sense I can't think of another way to explain it, after than its a simple throw...Its something you definitely have to get the feel for. A couple years ago I couldn't throw mine for crap, now I am pretty good at getting a perfect circle every time, and can even get it to land right where I wanted it to. I put my arm through the loop like lvrider said, for the exact same reason. Then I loop the rope around my hand evenly, small loops work better to big and the rope will get under the net when you throw it.
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Cast nets are easy.. Just practice.
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Buddy of mine is giving me his. Says he never uses it and when he does, he doesn't do well. Guess he got frustrated with it.

I think it is a 6' radius, but he might be wrong. He doesn't know exactly, just guessed at it.
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