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Cast net fishing

Discussion in 'Turf and Surf Hunting and Fishing' started by Bishop, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+

    Who all throw a cast net for bait or food I have put a many of meals on the table with just one throw from a cast net they are not hard to learn to throw and they can catch small or big fish shrimp or crabs they come in 3feet to 12 feet or custom made a 12 foot bet has a span of 24 feet.

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  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I think we have some that have tried. @Bear @Hanzo
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  3. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I keep a 10' net on-board all the time and have fed the entire crew with a single toss when the mullet are running. Few years ago, I took a mess of shrimps up to Knob Creek Machine-gun Shoot and fed a bunch of monkeys, I think they appreciated my cast net.
    We lived on a shanty-boat on the St. Johns River for many years and kept a supply of catfood for the shrimps. There was a floodlight on my casting side that sometimes drew them in too. I have also caught eels, catfish, sheepshead, turtles, gators, and snakes: never really know what is gonna shake out of that net.
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  4. Aeason

    Aeason Monkey

    Never tried it, one day I will. I acquired one, a big one was laying in my yard one day when I got home from work, someone trying to steal my pit bull and missed but couldn't retrieve their net ha,ha.
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  5. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+

    During run season for mullet I also use what we call a bubba net it's a cast net made out of a gill net with no brail lines and no rope to pull it in where the eye of the net is there is a bouy we keep about 4 on the air boat and throw them in the deep holes then run the boat around them stomping the deck the fish will run in to the net and gill off and the ones on the inside gill off trying to get out.
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  6. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+

    I know what you mean I was on a oyster bar one night and left my light made a throw and was picking up the fish my nephew walked up with his light when I was about to pick up a baby sting ray I was so glad he came up when he did.
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  7. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    Years ago, I used to fish with a cast net sort of semi-commercially. I found that emptying the net after a good throw took a relatively long time. And involved a large portion of the total effort.

    Time spent emptying the net cut down the number of throws per hour and really limited the catch. As did getting tired.

    So I invented a way to empty cast nests in a hurry that was slicker than snot on a glass doorknob.

    It worked on small boats every bit as well as on the shoreline, and easily tripled the number of throws per hour while drastically cutting down the amount of sheer muscle required.

    I took three 10' pieces of EMT conduit and set them up in a tripod. It was hinged at the top by three eyebolts on a small steel ring, with a fourth eyebolt in the center, held on by a nut and a large washer.

    No welding required: I just bent the ring open, strung on the eyebolts and bent it closed again. Then I threaded on the middle eyebolt .

    That made a tall, cheap, strong, and very portable tripod.

    Then I hooked a rope & pulley on the center eye bolt. One end of the rope had an a weighted s-hook on it, and the other had a slightly heavier weight to keep that end down so the s-hook was always at the right starting height.

    The rope was just long enough to put the hook at face height when the rope dangled freely.

    (This rig takes longer to describe than it took to build.)

    Anyway, you'd set up the tripod with the s-hook hanging over your fish-box (e.g.: wash tub or cooler). Then go toss your net.

    After hauling in the catch, the full net would be plopped into the fish-box, and the center of the net put on the s-hook.

    A quick pull of the rope would take the net up, emptying it almost instantly.

    Then you'd stand on the slack end of the rope to keep the net up while you untangled the few stragglers hung up in mesh. (That part saved a LOT of arm-power, and the process went much faster, too.)

    Then you'd just swing the empty cast net out of the box, unhook it, then wind it up and cast again.

    Shrimp, mullet, great whites--whatever. Everything dropped into the fish-box and stayed there. It was fast and easy.

    The tripod was also great for use over a campfire. I used a Dutch oven as a combination skillet and boil pot, and kept the tripod head & rope assembly in it between uses.

    With two guys trading off two nets, you could get a toss every thirty seconds or so, which is much better than two every three minutes or so.

    It was a really great way to take home 3X as much fish, and not have your arms fall off in the process.

    The tripod did most of the heavy lifting, just like the cranes on the big trawlers.

    The tripod was also great for hot showers out in the boonies: just hang a gallon of warm water overhead with a siphon, pinch-clamp, and nozzle--and shower away.

    I was always careful to keep the soap out of my eyes and wave at the passing tourists.

    Usually with my towel.
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  8. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    [worthless]Please. Next time you use it.
  9. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    Unfortunately, I haven't used that rig in 30 years, and I never took any pictures of it back in the day.

    Such is the folly of youth...

    However, it's dead simple to make, and any Fisher-monkeys out there are invited to try it out. And post a few pictures with their glowing reviews, of course.
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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    We have a "Hand Beach Seine" that we use on Subsistence Red Salmon fishing during the Red Run in July... Our Permit allows us to take 15 each 7# Red Salmon.... They Smoke Up real fine....
  11. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+

  12. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I've used them to catch bait fish for walleye.
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  13. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Central Ohio officers crack down on cast netters - Outdoor News - August 2013

    We are limited on how we can use them. I do have one, and I would like to get some practice at tossing one, correctly, but getting caught with game fish in the net is a hefty fine. I have one private pond where I may get some practice, or I may try an open park field for casting practice.
    States do have size restrictions as well, so make sure you are legal for your state.
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  14. Seepalaces

    Seepalaces Monkey Site Supporter+

    I'd like to understand the reason for this reg, but I suspect it would make me mad.
  15. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+

    You can wipe out game fish that sit on beds with it most areas won't let you use it in fresh water at all that's my guess.
  16. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Unsportsmanlike conduct on the spillway reg. It's like putting a net on the end of a downspout, it catches everything and requires no skill at all, no chance of escape. Also, spillways have currents that can be deadly if you get caught in it, and a net caught on some debris could pull you in. They don't want any chance of people dying because of fish, so stay back from spillways. (You can fish with a line there, but hooking or gaffing is illegal there as well. Skill or bait fishing only)
  17. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I keep a 6' 1/2 mesh for shrimp
    5' 3/8 mesh for bait fish
  18. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    We have a max size limit of 10', 1/4"-1" mesh size, forage fish only (so throw game fish back) but legal anywhere it is not posted "no nets". (Just checked with ODNR)
  19. Kingfish

    Kingfish Self Reliant

    I used to have a 6 foot cast net. We used them for years to net Alewife in Lake Michigan. We would hang a lantern over the side of the pier and the alewife would be attracted to the light. One cast would catch enough bait for half a dozen salmon fishers. It was great fun and these nets really do work great.
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  20. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Still have a 5"X1/2" packed away in a coffee can here. Used it for shad as bait for catfish and striper. Too lazy for that these days.
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