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Old 12-08-2020, 04:59 AM
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Limited experience with netting live bait, but I'm looking to get a quality cast net soon. I was wondering what net size, mesh size, and weight people are throwing on the pogies out of port canaveral when they're on the beach and the same question for when they're in the port. I imagine that the net is different when their in the port vs the beach. Also, when you say they're on the beach or the bight, how far from shore is that usually and what are the average depths? Do you let the net sink all the way to the bottom when netting them?

I also fish big bend area frequently where there are big schools of bait, usually herring and cigar minnows in 10 to 20’ depths. I'm looking at getting a barracuda pro series 1.4lbs per foot or a Wade in 8’ or 10’ with a 1/2 mesh and wanted to see if this is the right choice or i should look into a different mesh and/ or weight. I'm 5'7" so i don't know if that should factor in the size net i get. I'm leaning towards a 10’ net, but not sure if an 8' would be better for my size.

Any other tips or comments appreciated.

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Got a hour to talk on the phone? Tim Wade's cast nets will provide all the answers 321-508-2836
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Called yesterday and it went to VM. Didn't specify it was Tim Wade's number and the VM was full so i wasn't sure of his status these days when it comes to speaking directly with people. I'm sure many have gotten nets from him so I wrote this thread to see what those people ended up getting since it might be hard to get him on the line.
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A good all around net is 8' 3/8 mesh. If you don't throw nets a lot and are a normal recreational user this should be fine.
IMO, 1/2 mesh is pretty big for your only net, or first net.
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
A good all around net is 8' 3/8 mesh. If you don't throw nets a lot and are a normal recreational user this should be fine.
IMO, 1/2 mesh is pretty big for your only net, or first net.
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Thanks for the input. At first I was thinking 3/8, but the prodominant bait out of Canaveral seems to be pogies and mullet, unless you go sabiki other bait out deeper. I also fish cedar key and wouldn't mind a net to get the huge schools of herring. From what I've been able to research, 3/8 might be a little small for those baits, especially pogies that don't hit sabikis. Please advise if that's not the case.
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We catch pogies/bunker, all the mullet, threadfins etc every day with 3/8. That is the go to size.
Mesh stretches pretty good so if you catch finger mullet or most pilch you'll find down here you are gonna have a christmas tree.
Feel free to google around and search on here.
I never throw the 1/2 and I have nets on nets.
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
We catch pogies/bunker, all the mullet, threadfins etc every day with 3/8. That is the go to size.
Mesh stretches pretty good so if you catch finger mullet or most pilch you'll find down here you are gonna have a christmas tree.
Feel free to google around and search on here.
I never throw the 1/2 and I have nets on nets.

What weight 3/8 net are you using when catching all the mullet, pogies, and threadfins?
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When netting pogies out the port you will need to either mark them or find them flipping and throw the net. Not really any general depth, they will be on the move sometimes up and down the beach sometimes in the bight sometimes up on the shoals. Usually either take a turn north or south and most times you will see boats netting baits if they are around. I throw a 12' net, 8-10' will get the job done in the shallow stuff but typically with the bigger net you only have to throw it once if you hit the mark
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What weight 3/8 net are you using when catching all the mullet, pogies, and threadfins?
Doesn't really matter, what matters is how deep the baits is when I'm talking about weight, and sometimes mesh.
Usually 1.65, sometimes 1.3.
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I'd prolly be more concerned with being able to throw a net in waist deep water when fishing from a beach.Would have to really choke up on the net .8 footer would be my max. 8 footer from a boat's just fine too and easier on the bait. especially something like ballyhoo.
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Limited experience with netting live bait, but I'm looking to get a quality cast net soon. I was wondering what net size, mesh size, and weight people are throwing on the pogies out of port canaveral when they're on the beach and the same question for when they're in the port. I imagine that the net is different when their in the port vs the beach. Also, when you say they're on the beach or the bight, how far from shore is that usually and what are the average depths? Do you let the net sink all the way to the bottom when netting them?

I also fish big bend area frequently where there are big schools of bait, usually herring and cigar minnows in 10 to 20’ depths. I'm looking at getting a barracuda pro series 1.4lbs per foot or a Wade in 8’ or 10’ with a 1/2 mesh and wanted to see if this is the right choice or i should look into a different mesh and/ or weight. I'm 5'7" so i don't know if that should factor in the size net i get. I'm leaning towards a 10’ net, but not sure if an 8' would be better for my size.

Any other tips or comments appreciated.
Listen to the locals. If you want to be able consistently catch bait at Canaveral (pogies) you need a 10-12 ft net with the larger mesh.

Anything less you will need to find them in shallow water and ideal conditions. You really need more than one net.

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