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post #1 of 10
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Need an opinion on cast nets, starting out thinking of getting a 5' net. Would be using in the outer banks. What are your opinions on the ez throw nets that have the aluminum ring or are they a waste of money?
post #2 of 10
First thing is I would step up to a 6', the extra area you can cover will some times make up for a bad throw. I've never thrown one of those EZ throw nets so I'm no help there. I would reccomend a Betts Old Salt or Hi-Tider real good net for the money. My first one lasted 6 years till I made the mistake of throwing it over some oyster rocks in the creek.
post #3 of 10
I have4ft 6 ft and a 8ft , buy a good brand one i have is vitec, sometimes i throw of a bridge which can be difficult .6 ft should fine to start with practice practice the bigger throw nets can be difficult to learn on ,i only take enough bait to use youtube might help
post #4 of 10
There are three things to consider when choosing a cast net and all three will effect how well it traps bait.

1. Depth of water, deeper the water the larger the net will need to be.
2. Weights, a good cast net will be real heavy to sink quickly.
3. Mesh size, if the mesh is too small the net will not exhaust, the weights will sink and the mesh will not allow the water to exhaust thru the openings and there fore mushroom.

I carry 3 on my boat, all are 10' with the largest amount of weight per foot possible, they are made by a company called Guideschoice.

Disclaimer.....this info is for the baitfish here in the northeast, down south the bait may stay on the surface and not beat feat to the bottom to swim out of the net.

Hope this helps.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by scarecrow View Post

Need an opinion on cast nets, starting out thinking of getting a 5' net. Would be using in the outer banks. What are your opinions on the ez throw nets that have the aluminum ring or are they a waste of money?

I say it all depends on how much you plan to use the net....if you are looking to only use it once in a while I say go cheap, if you are going to use it all the time get a better net. I will admit I currently have a Fitech net with the ez throw ring and I love it. It is extremely easy to get a full spread 99% of the time. It also helps in the hard to throw places like a bridge with a high railing. It is my fourth net and second one I have bought with the ring....I like them a lot. The cheapest place I found them was at Cabelas
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
justinfisch01,
What size net do you have? I was interested in the ez throw, just wanted to talk to someone that had used it, and get their impression of it.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by scarecrow View Post

justinfisch01,
What size net do you have? I was interested in the ez throw, just wanted to talk to someone that had used it, and get their impression of it.

I think the one I have right now is 5' mono....its super easy to throw just make sure you get the mono one instead of the Nylon...nylon seems to rip a lot easier. I have had reg nets and the ones with the ring, I like the rig, makes it super easy to throw. I like it!!!!!
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks Justinfisch
post #9 of 10
if you're going to use a castnet, get a good one and learn to throw with the proper technique. this way you can always throw any net, anywhere, any time...

i got myself a Calusa and never looked back... that net, although a bit pricey, has paid for itself many times

good luck !!!
post #10 of 10
Mine has paid for itself about 20 times over..
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