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How To Select a Cast Net

How to select a BubbleBoyNets Cast Net

BubbleBoyNets Cast Nets are the ideal fishing accessory for obtaining live bait. Compared to other methods, such as jigging with multiple hook rigs, a BubbleBoyNets Cast Net can be more productive with regards to quantity and bait quality. Unlike multiple hook rigs where the de-hooking process may damage the bait, the use of a castnet will avoid these issues. 

If you are considering the purchase of a cast net there are several factors that you should consider. Throwing a cast net is an art, and to develop this art it takes practice. I highly recommend to my customers that they start out by purchasing the least expensive cast net they can find, and once they become proficient, they can move on to a high quality net such as the BubbleBoyNets cast nets. For beginners, it is very easy to damage a net. Bottom structure, inadequate clearance, bait habitat, and other types of devices, where the net could get hung up on, can cause a cast net to get damaged. With practice, an angler should be able to develop the technique of throwing a cast net fairly quickly.

Cast nets come in a variety of sizes and weights. The weight factor is important when it comes to the sinking rate of the net. The term “fast sinking net” in part references the weight of the net, as well as the mesh size. Smaller mesh sizes will slow down the sinking rate of the net due to the resistance of the water as the net sinks. The smaller net openings (meshes) will create more resistance while sinking. For example a net with a 1/4 inch mesh size, will sink slower than a net with a 5/8 inch mesh size.

Things to consider when it comes to weight and sinking rates:

* Depth of water
* Bait “Spook Factor”
* Angler fatigue

When selecting the mesh size, most anglers typically target the same species of bait. The consistency of bait type, typically means that the bait size will be consistent most of the time. In addition to sinking rate, prevention of bait gilling is the second factor that must be taken into consideration. Smaller baits will require the smaller mesh sizes such as 1/4 and 1/2 inch, where the medium to larger baits will require 3/8 to 5/8 mesh size.

The size of the net is a two fold decision. First and foremost anglers must be familiar with cast net size regulations that may vary from state to state, and in some cases counties. Here in Florida, the Broward County cast net ordinance is radically different from our neighbors to the north as well as to the south. Before purchasing a net, an angler must research the cast net laws pertinent to their area. The second consideration is the area an angler will need to cover when the net is thrown, some baits are more concentrated than others. In addition the bait habitat, such as mangroves, etc. will also dictate size restrictions.

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