bananas and pancakes ... that's what they call good and bad throws (you can probably guess which is which). we use them in Fla to catch mullet for bait/smoking. I agree, smaller net is easier to throw. I use the tooth method (small stretch of net between the teeth). I can tell you that the tooth method isn't bad as long as you clean the net off well between casts (get that lake bottom gunk off), and don't put lead weights behind your teeth (unless you're looking for some new dentures).