Cast Net Fishing
Catching Bait for Saltwater Fishing
Cast net throwing will save you a lot of money on your salt water fishing baits. With a little practice you will be hauling in finger mullets and even a few shrimp. Fingerling mullets are the best live bait for saltwater spotted trout, red fish, and snook.
Cast Net Fishing
Casting a net can be fun as well as a way to make money. Knowing how to cast a net is an art in itself. It takes time and practice to throw a net to its full circle, so that it drops down upon the water’s surface with its weights entrapping fish in its netting.
There is no better sight in the world than a full open net against a morning sun. The greatest thrill, of course, is to feel the wiggling weight of the numerous varieties of fish you will haul in. They range from bait fish such as small finger mullet to sheepshead, blue crabs, larger mullet, red fish, snook, shrimp, and many other salt-water varieties.
The game fish you get, such as trout, reddrum, and snook, must be thrown back. It’s illegal to catch these fish with a cast net.
Casting a net is only allowed in salt water.
The cast net consists of a throw rope, usually twelve to fourteen feet long, attached to the center of a circular net. These nets range in size from three feet up to sixteen feet. The net also has a string of weights circling the bottom to allow it to drop into the water and to the bottom quickly. If the fish see the shadow of the net coming they will scatter.
Throwing a cast net does take a few practice throws to succeed.
- Pull the loop at the end of the rope secure around your left wrist. If it is too loose around your wrist, you will see it go sailing off your arm, out into the water, leaving you standing on the dock with no net.
- With your right hand, roll the hand line up like you would a garden hose and loop it onto your left hand fingertips.
- Lift the net straight up off the ground, allowing the drawstrings to be straight, not twisted. Then grab the net one third down with your left hand, keeping the coiled rope near your fingertips. The weighted bottom of the net should be held tightly between your teeth and your outstretched right hand. You hold the net like this on your left side, pivot to the front, pitching the net like a Frisbee.
TIP: Don’t forget to open your mouth to release the net, or it will be lying by your feet. It doesn't help your teeth either. Some experts can throw a cast net without using their teeth to hold it but I've never been able to.
The many varieties of salt-water species you will pick up will amaze you. Sometimes even a seahorse can be scooped up. You can spend hours of pleasure cast-netting off bridges and beaches, even on the shores of brackish rivers.
TIP: Always be careful not to throw the net on rocks or oyster beds, because these will tear or damage your net.
Cast netting is also profitable. Many bait stores will buy your finger mullets and other small bait fish. However you will need a license to sell your fish.
So remember not only can cast netting be a profitable sport, but a full belly of fish at the end of the day makes it worth practicing.
Cast netting is something anyone at any age can learn to do with a little practice. It is an inexpensive hobby that will thrill your children for hours ; even the girls will want to try it. A small cast net of three feet will cost around twenty dollars, and a ten footer that Suzzycue has was one hundred dollars and a Christmas present from her parents.
The only downside to children cast netting is that they need to be supervised, as children can get tangled in the net and have issues.
Throwing a Cast Net
My Ex-Winter Retreat and My Favorite Fishing Hole: Palm Bay Florida.
More Fishing Fun Near Palm Bay, Florida
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