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Old 07-21-2014, 04:01 PM
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not a pro at throwing one but I'm ok with some practice.. don't know much about material and they all say they are the "best". What is the best type/material of cast net for ease of use?

plan to use to catch shrimp/bait etc.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:03 PM
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The overwhelming majority here in Fla is monofilament, with the exception being very fine nets used for silversides/majua a chum and bait for yellowtails.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:23 PM
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Google Tim wade, he will tell you what's best for your type of bait and make you a custom net for less than a decent one at bass pro.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:30 PM
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I am a big fan of Calusa Cast Nets. This site offers free ship and a nice selection of these nets.

http://www.anglersystems.com/calusacastnets.html
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I am a big fan of wal mart nets... Let me know well your calusa works when you snag it up and pull a 5 foot hole ialong the lead line.

Out of about 30 nets I have bought from the best to the worst, at some point or another I have gotten every one snagged on something.. Be it a hidden rock on the grass flat or the piling at the four poster cause the current is hauling ass and the bait is only marking on the up current side. Somehow, as careful as I try to be, the damn net gets snagged and the only way to get it back is to dive in or rip it off.

Sorry no more expensive nets for me..
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A custom net isn't an option for me now because I need to pick one up today or tomorrow for a trip. I have a bass pro close by. Just interested in which if any brand opens easier. Thinking 8' radius and 5/8"
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Originally Posted by Liveactionfishing View Post
I am a big fan of wal mart nets... Let me know well your calusa works when you snag it up and pull a 5 foot hole ialong the lead line.

Out of about 30 nets I have bought from the best to the worst, at some point or another I have gotten every one snagged on something.. Be it a hidden rock on the grass flat or the piling at the four poster cause the current is hauling ass and the bait is only marking on the up current side. Somehow, as careful as I try to be, the damn net gets snagged and the only way to get it back is to dive in or rip it off.

Sorry no more expensive nets for me..
I'm on my third cast net in 10 years and second Calusa. For my use it does great and I only have one very minor area of damage due to a snag. They just toss and sink so much better than cheaper nets which makes it all worth it to me. To each their own!
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I use a Cracker Cast net bought at Lehr's Economy Tackle in North Fort Myers Florida. It's a great net for around $125 for an 8 footer. It's a soft, nice net for the price with lots of panels. Watch my video below to see how I throw it without using my teeth or putting it over my shoulder, getting stung by jelly fish. It's important not to use your teeth lately because of lots of bacteria in the water. Cracker also has a website so just Google Cracker cast nets.
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:35 AM
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Calusa is my net of choice.
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:38 AM
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for shrimp and small baits,

1/2" x 8 ft net. If you're not in a lot of current the cheap ones are fine. If you're in deeper water or lots of current you need a better net. Typically the better nets will have more weights on the leadline. Generally just look at the weight of the container when judging the net.

If you throw a lot such as in SC where we have a shrimp baiting season the lighter nets are just as effective and a lot less work.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:42 AM
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which net will open easier a six or an eight panel net?
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commercial...Calusa or Cracker....but I have all my nets made by Tim Wade...great nets and he is local to me.
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Ya calussa if you need one today.. tim wade, if you can wait a couple weeks.
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Originally Posted by djy View Post
which net will open easier a six or an eight panel net?
8 panels are better, easier opening and stays spread out better I think.
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