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Old 02-23-2018, 06:34 AM
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Old 03-09-2018, 01:25 PM
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Made version 2.0 today. 5/16" stainless. 4' dia....Brass couplers to break in half for transport. Used an old 3' cast net and cut lead line off and threaded er on. Worked out nice!

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Old 03-09-2018, 01:29 PM
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If I was to buy that net....the ballyhoo would NEVER swim over it. Or close enough to the boat.


But soon as I grab the cast net, they'd be in the perfect hoop net spot
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Old 03-09-2018, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Muggin Mullet View Post
If I was to buy that net....the ballyhoo would NEVER swim over it. Or close enough to the boat.


But soon as I grab the cast net, they'd be in the perfect hoop net spot
I've tried the hoop was never able to raise it fast enough.Maybe there's a place for it but no way it out catches a cast net.
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Originally Posted by Lu 1967 View Post
I've tried the hoop was never able to raise it fast enough.Maybe there's a place for it but no way it out catches a cast net.
I was picturing this method in my head.

Tie the chum bag to the cleat on the middle of the boat. Tie the hoop net to the rear cleat. Hoping the hoo get comfortable with the hoop net behind them. Give the hoo plenty of time to hang out behind the chum but in front of the hoop net. Slowly sneak around to the hoop net, untie it and run up the side of the boat like a maniac

But who knows if the hoo would hang in the chum on the side of the boat in front of the other net.

I guess its worth trying out but I think casting them is the best bet for myself. I think Id downsize the cast net size before trying the hoop. The hoop definitely isn't a time saver but may help someone who can't throw a net for whatever reason.

I know. . . I overthink and over complicate everything
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Old 03-09-2018, 02:53 PM
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i use a hoop net and it works to catch speedos and ballyhoo. have to be patient and have some skill, but it works.
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Old 03-09-2018, 04:03 PM
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If you just want ballyhoo a castnet is a better option, it will usually kill them pretty quick as they're weak but that's ok if you just want fresh dead for trolling with or bottom bait. Hoopnet works well for cigar minnows and speedos that will come right up to the chum bag to eat and dive down at the first sign of a net. I made one out of grey conduit pipe and an old castnet, its worked well the times we've used it and breaks apart easily.
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:34 AM
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You can buy hoop nets at El Capitan in Miami. https://www.elcapitan.com
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by kawakibi View Post
Looks pretty simple to build. but I do not have time to make one. I have a large head under console that fits a large inner tube - the hoop should be fine there.

I am in Key Largo, the Yellow House Bait shop said they used to have a guy but he disappeared. Any one have any contacts? Tim Wade made my cast net but said he doesn't make these.
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Old 03-10-2018, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by kawakibi View Post
Looks pretty simple to build. but I do not have time to make one. I have a large head under console that fits a large inner tube - the hoop should be fine there.

I am in Key Largo, the Yellow House Bait shop said they used to have a guy but he disappeared. Any one have any contacts? Tim Wade made my cast net but said he doesn't make these.
i bought 2 of them from fred king in key largo for a lot less than $100. he might be the person you are referring to. PM me and i'll send you his contact info.

EDIT. I JUST SPOKE WITH MR. KING. HE'S STILL MAKING THEM AND THE ARE $100. NET REPLACEMENT IS $50. HE MAKES THEM FOR MANY OF THE TACKLE STORES THAT SELL THEM, SO GOING TO HIM SAVES YOU A SUBSTANTIAL MARK UP. PLUS HE'S A VETERAN AND GOOD GUY!

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Old 03-12-2018, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
i bought 2 of them from fred king in key largo for a lot less than $100. he might be the person you are referring to. PM me and i'll send you his contact info.

EDIT. I JUST SPOKE WITH MR. KING. HE'S STILL MAKING THEM AND THE ARE $100. NET REPLACEMENT IS $50. HE MAKES THEM FOR MANY OF THE TACKLE STORES THAT SELL THEM, SO GOING TO HIM SAVES YOU A SUBSTANTIAL MARK UP. PLUS HE'S A VETERAN AND GOOD GUY!
Can you forward contact info for Fred King? I live in the Key Largo area and I’m interested in one of these nets.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:17 PM
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Would this work on squid or would they just bug out as sob as you moved the hand line
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:34 AM
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We live in Tavernier and would like to reach out to Fred. Can you please forward Fred Kings contact info.

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Can you forward contact info for Fred King? I live in the Key Largo area and I’m interested in one of these nets.
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Old 04-16-2018, 10:15 AM
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Saw this link from years back!

Fred King-305 664 8422 made my hoop net(80 bucks). Works great. He's in Islamorada.

thehulltruth.com/florida-georgia/122475-hoop-netting-live-bait.html
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hi lobstababe. good to see you here. and yes Fred King's rigs are the best, and substantially cheaper.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:22 PM
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I will check them out, my sister just bought a place in Key Largo so I'll have to get one for the house!

Glad to be back in the mix again! Missed y'all!
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:31 PM
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Bought a ballyhoop 2 weeks ago. Took it out to the ocean to try it. Had loads and loads(hundreds) of blue runners in the chum slick while yellowtailing. I dropped the ballyhoop in and tried to maneuver it under the runners . They instantly disappeared and didn't return. I didn't get one.

However, I was actually able to get bait to the yellowtails once I scared the runners away. Unexpected side benefit.

The ballyhoop took up a lot space of the boat. So I left it on the finher pier at my slip the next day while I went out for a few hours. Apparently someone else wanted a ballyhoop. It was gone when I got back. No more ballyhoop for me, $200 down the drain. Bummer.
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:47 AM
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Sorry you lost it. I have only been able to hoop Speedos. Apparently they are stupid and let themselves get netted.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:18 AM
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[QUOTE=kawakibi;7892840]Raised by a rope tied to the hoop. Watch this:

"supposedly" this method is easier on the bait. Keeps them alive longer. Looks easier than throwing my net that weighs a million pounds and gets me all wet and sometimes the weights hit my engine cowling. lol

The video makes it look easy.[/QUOTEB
Bridling you anchor rode port side really helps keeps the ass end of the boat from swinging.It will also slightly point the rear of the boat northwest. Chum bag goes mid-ship on the starboard side and you should have nice straight slick that goes more off to the side rather than behind the motors.Ballyhoo stay schooled up better too.This is for cast netting .
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