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Old 08-11-2019, 05:49 AM
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How do yall store your cast nets when you are not using them? Hunting season is almost here so my fishing is almost done for the year and I bought 2 new nets this year and actually bought good ones not the 20.00 Walmart specials so I would like to keep them in the best shape I can.

edit* the nets are 6 and 10 footers if that makes any difference
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:35 AM
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Pool chemical buckets ,with lids, wash out well.

i wash out nets with laundry detergent and fabric softener.

dry dry dry and store in buckets with lid on.
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:40 AM
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We use to hang them from the rafters in our shed, ours were the waxed string style if that matters.
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:43 AM
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As said above. Dry them out and a bucket with the lid on.

My fishin is just going to be getting started in a month.
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:51 PM
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Question regarding cast nets in N.C.: is it legal to throw a cast net and keep fish such as mullet, trout, or flounder that you may catch?
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
Question regarding cast nets in N.C.: is it legal to throw a cast net and keep fish such as mullet, trout, or flounder that you may catch?
If they are legal size I believe so. Mullet have no size limit so keep all you want.
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Old 08-12-2019, 06:00 AM
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If they are legal size I believe so. Mullet have no size limit so keep all you want.
...not quite "all you want"



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Old 08-12-2019, 06:14 AM
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Soak it in a 5 gallon bucket filled with water and 1 or 2 cups of fabric softener for a day or two, hang it enough to straighten everything out but not lift the weights off the ground, spray it off and then allow it to dry. Store it in the bucket with lid on.

I like to throw a packets of silica gel in there to keep humidity out.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:25 AM
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I have nets 10 years old , never put soap or fabric softener them ,10 ft and 12 ft nets for shad. I rinse with water and let air dry in the yard all open up. I keep them in a 5 gallon bucket with holes drilled in the bottom.
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:09 AM
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the fabric softener is not a requirement for sure.. but you can tell the difference when you pull it out to throw it the next time. I remember thinking how can fabric softener help with a cast net but it does make it softer and it will throw better as well.

Needed, nope.. but helpful, yes
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Originally Posted by SEARAT36 View Post
I have nets 10 years old , never put soap or fabric softener them ,10 ft and 12 ft nets for shad. I rinse with water and let air dry in the yard all open up. I keep them in a 5 gallon bucket with holes drilled in the bottom.
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If you buy a good Quality net you don't need to try all these "softening" techniques. I do use soap every few trips just to get the stinch out of the nets though. Got Betts 12' 10+ yrs old, 10' Calusa several yrs old, and 10' Barracuda bought last yr. They get thrown a lot and they catch a lot of bait, never had a problem with a quality net NOT lasting or being soft enough to throw or open good.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:17 PM
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I mean I've got a 10 foot custom net. Does it NEED fabric softener? No. But the heavy duty netting sure feels better on my hands after a good soaking.

Just because you don't need to do something doesn't mean it won't make things work better. This goes for lots of things in life, not just cast nets.
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:50 AM
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
I mean I've got a 10 foot custom net. Does it NEED fabric softener? No. But the heavy duty netting sure feels better on my hands after a good soaking.

Just because you don't need to do something doesn't mean it won't make things work better. This goes for lots of things in life, not just cast nets.
Maybe I just don't have the same feel as others... I've tried it and I really don't see where fabric softener does anything to monofilament other than make it smell better.
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:57 AM
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My taped shrimp nets spend the whole off season, several months, in a bucket with fabric softener the whole time. Used to store them without the fabric softener and in our humidity, no matter how they were stored, they were usually dry rotted by the next season. These aren’t the cheap nets either. They would have probably been alright stores inside, but don’t have the room, so all my stuff is stored outside.
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