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Old 05-18-2011, 04:24 PM
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Default OK, I can barely throw this castnet...

So i'm ready to buy a really good one. Point me in the right direction.
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:26 PM
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http://oifc.com/fishingstore/product...emID=157&ID=90

All I throw for is for manhaden/pogies though.
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My Buddy's Net is the easiest to throw that I've had.

We're sure it's the net, right?

I can throw a banana with the best of them.
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It might be your throwing style, The key for me is to get the lead moving in the right direction and the net will follow. I'll see if I can tell you which net company has the best "How to " video. So 5/8 " to 1" net with at least 1 to 1/2 lbs per foot of weight.

I'll get back to you. What are you throwing now?
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Since becoming interested, I've stopped by to talk to a few guys throwing nets for mullet. I've not run into one yet that didn't readily show me how they throw it. So I'll probably be throwing for mullet soon too to get the practice without beating my boat up.

One guy threw a 12 footer and barely looked like he moved as it opened to perfection off a nearby by dock... another did the same with an 8 footer but did so over a 4 foot rail..... practice, practice, practice.....
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:25 PM
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I understand the weight is better tighter together...IOW like a chain as opposed to single weights with space between.
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black pearl the only net i throw anymore
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:11 PM
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In order,
Black Pearl
Calusa
Moonlighter
Cracker
Betts Special
None of them are worth anything if you throw bananas instead of pancakes.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:59 PM
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All the mass produced nets....Cracker/Betts/Calusa aren't worth the bucket they come in.

If you truly want a GREAT cast net find a local, hand made net maker.
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:06 AM
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Love mine....http://castnets.com/products.html
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:50 AM
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The bottom line is: surely its the net, not me.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:55 AM
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Look on you tube ans search cast net throwing methods. There are some very good videos that help beginners learn techniques.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:07 PM
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http://www.calusa.com/ Try this technique Stephen, it works for me. Don't go to big or too small at first, try a good 8 footer to start.
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no help here. i threw myself further then the net
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Maybe I would have better luck if I strapped appropriately spaced weights from each hand & foot, held the horn in my teeth and did a giant belly flop....
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I've had them all and the best cast net there is a Tim Wade cast net. Call him up and he will make you a cast net specifically for what you need.
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I will second the Tim Wade net. I burned through lots of wally world nets and finally took the plunge on a Wade net. They are very reasonably priced for the quality delivered. I still throw plenty of bananas, operator error, but I cant say enough positive things about the net. Every net I buy from here on out will from Tim.
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I've always thrown betts and never had a problem. Just have to practice and find a method thats comfortable to you. If your practicing at home I use to stand on the tail gate of the truck sometimes to make it similar to throwing off the boat.
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Originally Posted by TDM View Post
http://www.calusa.com/ Try this technique Stephen, it works for me. Don't go to big or too small at first, try a good 8 footer to start.


I use this method with a calusa net and it works pretty well for me...
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If you plan to carry your net in the boat here in la., 8.5 foot is the max size.
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