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Old 06-13-2020, 06:31 PM
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Best cast net for the money ?
Old 06-13-2020, 06:34 PM
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I’ve had luck with Cracker. Had their 8’ for a few years and it takes a beating, still going strong.
Old 06-13-2020, 06:40 PM
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Betts Tyzac series.
Old 06-13-2020, 07:01 PM
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What are you using it for?
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I have two barracuda nets and love them.

I have the greenwater and inshore
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Brand hardly matters. It's all about the diameter, mesh, and weight, determination of which depends entirely on your use case.

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I don't remember what I paid for my Tim Wade cast net,but it sure is a good one.
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That depends on the target species. For pogies, I throw a 10’ Cracker @ 1.5 lbs per foot. That one is a 5/8 “ mesh.
For shrimp, a 3’ Betts with 1/4 “ Mesh from Walmart.
We really need to know what you’re after.
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Cheaper nets have a bad tendency for the leadline weights to move a few inches either way which is a major PITA . Flattening the weights with a hammer helps a lot to prevent this from happening . Just pound the very ends of the weights against the leadline with a hammer to prevent them from being able to move around.

I have always preferred a 4 foot net with 1 lb of lead per foot on the leadline , typical 3/8th mesh . I have caught everything from large mullet to small menhaden with no issues . I always cast net from the beach or shoreline and i'm able to throw it for quite a distance if need be that's why i greatly prefer the smaller size nets . If i owned a boat i would go larger , i also have 12 foot and 8 foot cast nets but rarely if ever use them . They really limit my effectiveness from the shoreline.

I prefer the Betts Old Salt series . I always double the handline length because the lengths that come with nets are nowhere near long enough for me , way too short when throwing far out into the water from the shoreline.
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Originally Posted by herbcccc View Post
Cheaper nets have a bad tendency for the leadline weights to move a few inches either way which is a major PITA . Flattening the weights with a hammer helps a lot to prevent this from happening . Just pound the very ends of the weights against the leadline with a hammer to prevent them from being able to move around.

I have always preferred a 4 foot net with 1 lb of lead per foot on the leadline , typical 3/8th mesh . I have caught everything from large mullet to small menhaden with no issues . I always cast net from the beach or shoreline and i'm able to throw it for quite a distance if need be that's why i greatly prefer the smaller size nets . If i owned a boat i would go larger , i also have 12 foot and 8 foot cast nets but rarely if ever use them . They really limit my effectiveness from the shoreline.

I prefer the Betts Old Salt series . I always double the handline length because the lengths that come with nets are nowhere near long enough for me , way too short when throwing far out into the water from the shoreline.
Another vote for the Betts Old Salt. Had the same 4’ net previously for years and it bit the dust on a surprise cluster of oyster rocks that clipped two of the main lines. Could’ve repaired but just bought new.

I think Betts gives you the best value overall on the shallow water stuff.
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Originally Posted by rainmaker View Post
That depends on the target species. For pogies, I throw a 10’ Cracker @ 1.5 lbs per foot. That one is a 5/8 “ mesh.
For shrimp, a 3’ Betts with 1/4 “ Mesh from Walmart.
We really need to know what you’re after.
Why so small diameter for shrimp?
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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
Why so small diameter for shrimp?
A buddy at work bought it and lets just say throwing a net was not in his realm of talents. So i bought it for him. It's not optimum, but the price was right LOL!
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I do like a 4’ net for shrimp sometimes. Easier to get it right in the mouth of the small outflows along the grass without too much net on the grass leaving an escape.
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For a little more $$$ than the competition, the Black Pearl Invi series are far and away the best cast net made right now imho. I wish they made a taped net...

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