Measurements of a cast net consist of Radius or "Length of net",
Circumference or "Size of net across" when fully opened and Mesh size.
There are two methods of measuring mesh size. The "stretch size" and the
"bar or box size". All measurements here are quoted on stretch size.
The bar or box size measures the
distance between the side knot and the bottom knot.
The stretch size measures the distance between the bottom and top knots
Cast nets were used in Biblical times in the Sea of Galilee.
It seems two different size nets were used by the Galilean fisherman. One
was believed to be a small mesh net with brail lines and a larger nets
without brail lines were used for bigger fish. These nets were approximately
20 to 25 feet in diameter, had large mesh, were heavily weighted.
Biblical Cast Net References
Fishing at the Time of Jesus
by Elizabeth McNamer
The cast net is mentioned in the New Testament in Matthew
and Mark when Jesus selected two brother to be disciples. Matthew 4:18-20
reads "As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who
is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they
were fishermen. And he said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fishers
of men.' Immediately they left their nets and followed him."
John 21: 6 - 8:
Jesus said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards
thus saitheth the Lord God: I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people and they shall
bring thee up in my seine." In the original wording of this verse, the Hebrew word for cast net was used, not the Hebrew word
for seine. In the King James edition, the word "net" was used instead of "seine." The phrase "spread out my net over thee" seems
more descriptive of a cast net.
Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds--like the fish of the Great Sea.
The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets on the