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Old 05-23-2020, 04:51 AM
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Has anyone used BP cast nets ? I have a buddy who swears by it but I have never thrown one. Looking to upgrade my net and need some help with making a decisions . Their new technology nets look good on paper but would like some testimony. Thanks!
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do yourself a favor and call Tim Wade...

​​​​​​https://wadescastnets.wordpress.com/
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Originally Posted by 50eggs View Post
do yourself a favor and call Tim Wade...

​​​​​​https://wadescastnets.wordpress.com/
I have a Tim Wade net ordered, I cant wait to get it.
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Originally Posted by 50eggs View Post
do yourself a favor and call Tim Wade...

​​​​​​https://wadescastnets.wordpress.com/
thanks , I have looked into TIM wades . Have you had the experience to compare his net vs the two mentioned in this thread ?
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It's been a decade since I threw a cast net. I believe all the vertebrae would come tumbling down if I tried today.
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Throw your buddies net and compare it if you have thrown a Calusa.
I have never laid hands on a BP or Tim Wade net but having a 10 and 12 Calusa, they have been great nets right out of the bucket.
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Originally Posted by unleashed View Post
Throw your buddies net and compare it if you have thrown a Calusa.
I have never laid hands on a BP or Tim Wade net but having a 10 and 12 Calusa, they have been great nets right out of the bucket.
I did and really liked his BP . Have never thrown a calusa though . I've been throwing a wal mart net for a year now lol
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I've been throwing BP lately. Obviously the main difference is the new "invisi line". They are in fact quieter. They are high quality nets and been around about 20 years.
I've never seen any big diff between TW nets and other quality nets. I guess it's nice that he makes them "custom" but as far as I can tell most companies have all the options 99% of anglers need.
Why don't you throw your buddies?
Calusa makes good nets, more of a mass produced net. I don't throw them, but just looked at them and, IMO, the horn looks janky and weights too far apart. I'd call it a mid-tier net.
BP, TW and some others would be top tier!
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Ive got a Tim Wade. An excellent net for sure. I called and talked with Tim and he asked a lot of questions about the bait I wanted to catch, where I fished, etc and built the net around my needs.
Im sure BP and Calusa are great nets as well just think its great to have one built to suit instead of a one size fits all.
Do BP & Calusa do custom?
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Originally Posted by Fish Hunter IV View Post
Ive got a Tim Wade. An excellent net for sure. I called and talked with Tim and he asked a lot of questions about the bait I wanted to catch, where I fished, etc and built the net around my needs.
Im sure BP and Calusa are great nets as well just think its great to have one built to suit instead of a one size fits all.
Do BP & Calusa do custom?
What size, mesh and weight did he make you?
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
What size, mesh and weight did he make you?
Just a 7
I thinks it 1.5#/ft might be 1.25. 1/4
mesh.
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Originally Posted by Fish Hunter IV View Post
Just a 7
I thinks it 1.5#/ft might be 1.25. 1/4
mesh.
8' x 1/4 x 1.5 would be a very standard net. The difference between 7 and 8' for an adult male would be negligible. I know where you can get 1.3 off the shelf too.
Anyway, I'm just saying there are not that many variables so a "custom" net will often fall into the basics that everyone uses regardless.
Sounds like you got good customer service and a great net for your needs and that's the bottom line.
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I've had a Calusa, a Kracker, 2 wade nets, 5 barracuda nets, along with a multitude of lee fisher and humpback nets. Just recently threw the heavy BP 12 foot invisi and it sinks ridiculously slow, also not the easiest to throw. My favorite nets now are the new Fitec Signature Series nets. Super soft and easy to throw like the barracuda but it doesn't tear easily or meatball when u net 300 pilchards. It also sinks fast and will lay completely flat on the ground with no witch hat. Second choice would be a custom Wade net with the more expensive netting he uses(forgot the name).
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
8' x 1/4 x 1.5 would be a very standard net. The difference between 7 and 8' for an adult male would be negligible. I know where you can get 1.3 off the shelf too.
Anyway, I'm just saying there are not that many variables so a "custom" net will often fall into the basics that everyone uses regardless.
Sounds like you got good customer service and a great net for your needs and that's the bottom line.
The only thing I know about castnnets is how to throw them, so talking with TW and him saying this is what would work best for you bait was great. Darn nice guy too!
Agree that there are only so many variables that can go into a net. Mine is used mainly in freshwater for netting shad, hence only the 7. Just dont need anything bigger for them but do need it to sink fast.
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I got an 8’ BP with the “invisible” lead line. High quality and very manageable in that size. I called BP with some questions and Shawn (owner) spent about 20min on the phone with me. I’m really happy with my purchase.
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Originally Posted by alopez0105 View Post
Has anyone used BP cast nets ? I have a buddy who swears by it but I have never thrown one. Looking to upgrade my net and need some help with making a decisions . Their new technology nets look good on paper but would like some testimony. Thanks!
You should look at the Fitec Signatured series nets. Truly the best on the market.-snip-

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Originally Posted by airbrush View Post
It's been a decade since I threw a cast net. I believe all the vertebrae would come tumbling down if I tried today.
I'm 71 and throw mine all the time. Very easy to do, just use my method.

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I have a Tim Wade, Humpback and Barracuda. The Black Pearl with the new lead line is very intriguing. Out of the 3 I have I’d recommend Barracuda.
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I have 3 BP nets. Great quality and customer service. I have the new BP 1/4” 11’. It’s a huge net and HEAVY! 1.65 lbs a ft I believe. I like how quiet it is and how quickly I can load it with minimal tangles. I got one of the earlier ones and after using it a few times the lead started separating from the mesh. The knots that tied the lead line to the mesh actually broke/came undone. A phone call to BP and new net was on the way. Owner stated a few people were still being trained who are building the nets. Going to order the lighter BP when it gets released. When bait is hard to come by throwing this pig 20+ times is not fun! I had a barricuda 10’ 1/4” 1.25 lbs. I could throw that lil net all daylong. It was a nice net but quickly fell apart in a season.
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Originally Posted by Buttapollock1010 View Post
I have 3 BP nets. Great quality and customer service. I have the new BP 1/4 11. Its a huge net and HEAVY! 1.65 lbs a ft I believe. I like how quiet it is and how quickly I can load it with minimal tangles. I got one of the earlier ones and after using it a few times the lead started separating from the mesh. The knots that tied the lead line to the mesh actually broke/came undone. A phone call to BP and new net was on the way. Owner stated a few people were still being trained who are building the nets. Going to order the lighter BP when it gets released. When bait is hard to come by throwing this pig 20+ times is not fun! I had a barricuda 10 1/4 1.25 lbs. I could throw that lil net all daylong. It was a nice net but quickly fell apart in a season.
Good info. I need a lighter net. All 3 of mine are heavy and Im getting way too old. I want something I can throw a few times and not feel it the next few days, lol.

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