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Old 06-07-2015, 05:48 PM
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My son has been watching the slightly older kids practice their cast net throwing skills... and with all the dang time we spend surrounded by bait fish, I have to agree... it's time.

There's a hitch. My wife (and rightfully so) sees these kids holding the net with their teeth -- often with the lead weight right there in or by their teeth - not good.

I see there are some lead-free ones out there, and I'm wondering if there's one that folks here like more than others?

I know, I know, the lead ones are probably better, etc. But I'm ok if he only catches 5 fish at a time instead of 10 and does get lead poisoning.

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You don't have to put anything in your mouth. I dont. Teach him to throw a different way.
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Is your son going to be swallowing the weights on a daily basis for 40 years. If yes, then you have a reason to be concerned...
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You can throw a net without having the net in your mouth or over your shoulder.

He should learn that technique.
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What these guys said there is no reason to put the net in your mouth.
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There are a bunch of options for either steel weights or "coated weights". I had weights that were plastic coated on my 12' net. It was good for the boat since it was hard to avoid dragging that one over the side full.
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
What these guys said there is no reason to put the net in your mouth.
And no reason to be concerned if he does.
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I ate lead paint as a kid and played with mercury and t did not effect me so far.
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I agree with the op, he can't let his kid put lead in or near his mouth knowing what we do about it.

Do what some of the other guys said and try a different throwing technique.
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Originally Posted by oceanelectric1 View Post
I ate lead paint as a kid and played with mercury and t did not effect me so far.
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And no reason to be concerned if he does.
Yea, I can't believe putting your mouth on the o lead line (since you don't actually put the lead in your mouth) should be any kind of concern ..
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They also sell a rubber like coating you might be able to dip your lead into to coat it.
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Can't hear the audio, both these methods have nothing in the mouth. I have always used the second method, either one it's very hard to not throw a perfect circle every time.

http://youtu.be/lo8f42nvwpU
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I was taught the biting method, but I would like to know a more sanitary method. Muscle memory is hard to overcome, so I doubt I will change. Anyway, I have never had to put a lead weight in my mouth. There is ample room in between the weights to avoid that.
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Been looking at this one:

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Who the hell puts the lead in their mouth anyway? What's gonna kill us first the mercury in the fish or the lead on the cast net? I type this as I leave for an asbestos abatement job.
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Lead isn't a health food but i'd be just as concerned with crap on the net from a muddy bottom. don't put a cast net in your mouth.
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Originally Posted by eseyoung View Post
Lead isn't a health food but i'd be just as concerned with crap on the net from a muddy bottom. don't put a cast net in your mouth.
We were at the sandbar over the weekend... saw 3 different people using casting nets. Children and adults... all three of them had either the net, or the weight in their mouth.

I won't dispute the amount of "safe" lead for my child to put in their mouths. If y'all think it's "safe" to do that... by all means, you're free to do so (as long as you're not a burden on society as a result).

As far as teaching your children to not do so -- I wholeheartedly agree...

Thanks! -- Now, is there a chance that we can maybe, just maybe, bring the thread back to casting nets and the lead-free v. lead options.
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I've never anyone actually out the lead in their mouth, just the lead line, but I just wouldn't want to get that taste in my mouth considering where I throw the net but I believe that shrimpers method and the flip under r the easiest ways to get a perfect circle every time. I can take somebody who has never thrown a net, in five minutes they throw it perfect every time and the bigger the net the easier
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Here is a good way to throw without putting any lead in you mouth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGHb3U_YzJQ
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