Catching Your Own Bait.
Bait Cast Net Facts
Coverage of Cast Nets in Square Feet.
Cast Net Throwing is an ancient art that's well worth mastering.
Cast Net size is indicated by radius (example, a 7-foot net spans 14 feet in circumference (across) when thrown properly.
A good starter casting net size is 4 feet, once you get comfortable with this, you may find a larger net more desirable.
If you’re after big baits like gizzard shad, choose a net with a fairly large mesh size, use a heavier weight per foot net if you are throwing in a current.
How To Throw A Cast Net ●
Throwing a bait cast net style 2
So learn to "BYOB"
Bring Your Own Bait
6ft = 113.04 sq ft
7ft = 153.86 sq ft
8ft = 200.96 sq ft
9ft = 254.34 sq ft
10ft = 314.00 sq ft
12ft = 452.16 sq ft
Facts about Cast nets.
An 8 foot bait net will cover about 75% more square feet than a 6 foot net.
If you can throw a 6 ft bait net you can throw an 8 ft net and catch more bait.
Weight alone will not make a net perform better. Design and construction of the net are equally important.
Bait size needs change during the year. During the colder months, smaller baits and smaller mesh nets are often in order.
In Spring the largest shad possible is what we want to use. We'll use a one inch mesh.
When the bait is holding in deeper water, a heavy net is in order.
When bait are thick, a lighter smaller net may be the choice to avoid overcrowding.
Learn to recognize your needs and adapt.
Bait Cast Net Basic Structure
Nets comes in different sizes 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 1inch etc.
Strong monofilament lines that pull the net closed upon retrieval, the more braille lines, the better a cast net closes when bait is trapped. Braille lines attach to the lead line and are separated every few feet from each other which then angle upward and attach at the top swivel.
Net selvage is the point where the net attaches to either the horn or the lead line, it can be either a single or double selvage. A double selvage means that the casting net has double the netting material at this particular location, usually ranging 1-2" wide for maximum strength.
Check your local laws to see what size mesh and length nets are legal in your area.