Cast Nets For Catching Bait

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Bait Cast Net Facts     Coverage of Cast Nets in Square Feet.

Use of Live Bait and Transportation of live bait Laws in Arkansas Effective October 1st 2018.
Always check your states laws on the use of live bait.

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
Loading the net, getting ready to cast   Making the cast
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Bait Cast Net Facts. How to Measure a Casting Nets.

Coverage of cast nets in square feet.

  • 6 ft = 113.04 sq ft
  • 7 ft = 153.86 sq ft
  • 8 ft = 200.96 sq ft
  • 9 ft = 254.34 sq ft
  • 10 ft = 314.00 sq ft
  • 12 ft = 452.16 sq ft

Facts about Cast nets. Learn to recognize your needs and adapt

  • 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.
    (Check your local laws for mesh sizes in your area)
  • When the bait is in deeper water, a heavy net is in order.
  • When bait are thick, a lighter smaller net may be the choice to avoid overcrowding.

Bait Cast Net Basic Structure

Nets comes in different mesh sizes 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 1 inch.

  • Netting Material:
  • Most common forms of netting is clear monofilament and white nylon. Monofilament is the desired material.
    • Monofilament cast nets are lighter and they don't absorb water and get heavier like nylon.
    • Monofilament sinks faster being a thinner and less resistance material.
    • Monofilament is less visible in the water versus the white color of nylon.
  • Swivel:
    • The swivel on a cast net is used to merge both the hand line and brail lines together, The hand line attaches to one end of the swivel and the brail lines attach to the other end of the swivel.
  • Hand line:
    • The hand line ranges between 20-30ft. used to retrieve your casting net.
  • Horn:
    • The horn is at the top of the net typically a round plastic piece where all the netting is tied. The braille lines of your casting net will also run directly through the center of horn.
  • Lead Line:
    • Rope with sinkers attached on the outside perimeter of the net to sink it.
  • Brail Lines:
    • 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.
  • Selvage:
    • 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.
  • Lead Weights:
    • The lead weight on a net determines how fast a net sinks. Net manufactures specify weight as per foot. Smaller mesh size net need more weight per foot than larger mesh because of the resistance of a lot more net making up the small mesh.

    Check your local laws to see what size mesh and length nets are legal in your area.

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