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How to Repair Holes in a Cast Net

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Don't cry over a ripped cast net!

Don't cry over a ripped cast net!

Any angler who has a cast net knows the perils of getting it caught or stuck on something or having too many or too big of fish in the net. This usually results in a rip or hole in the net allowing the bait to escape if left unrepaired. The common method or basically puling the torn pieces together and stitching them together as you do would do to a wound. This does remove the hole, but it makes the net uneven and creates "pockets" elsewhere in the net. It doesn't let the net open up completely as it should.

The following instructions will allow you to repair two types of holes, the first being a horizontal or vertical rip and the second being a larger gaping hole.

What do I need?

  • Monofilament line of similar strength of cast net
  • Scissors
  • Know how to tie a clinch knot

Clinch Knot

  • Cut off around three times the length of the hole in line
  • Pass the line under and over the corner where you start your repair
  • Twist the tag end around the mainline four or five times
  • Then pass the tag end back through between the repair start and the first twist
  • Pull tight
Clinch Knot Example

Clinch Knot Example

After learning this knot, the repair can be completed.

Repairing a Rip Hole

  • Looking at the first picture. There are three ripped sections, each having a point labeled 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • First, trim the unused line segments that extend from 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Starting at 1, wrap the line around either side of the line that runs perpendicular to the broken 1 line
  • Then tie a clinch knot using a short tag end
  • Now run the line under and over the two points and pull in line until the amount of line between 1 and 2 completes the square
  • Now we are going to tie another clinch knot back onto the line between 1 and 2
  • Repeat the process from 2 to 3 and 3 to 4 then clip the final tag end
Initial rip

Initial rip

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Final repair

Final repair

Examining cut line

Examining cut line

After trimmed unused line

After trimmed unused line

Final repair

Final repair

Repairing a Larger Hole

  • Looking at the first picture, there are three broken segments that result in a large hole that fish can escape from
  • The first step is to trim the unused line close to its originating knot
  • Using the same technique as in the previous repair, start at point 1 by tying a clinch knot
  • Now, halfway across to point 2, tie an overhand knot but do not tighten it completely
  • Finish the first half by tying another clinch at point 2 making the total line between 1 and 2 as when the overhand is tightened later it will free up more line
  • Now start again at point 3 with another clinch knot and run the line through the overhand knot made in the previous steps
  • Next, tie another clinch at point 4
  • Finally, tighten the overhand knot in the middle of 1 and 2 and you're done!

Now, using this new knowledge you can repair your own net for free and get back to keeping fish in your net!


Thank you on April 04, 2012:


reidrichardson (author) from St. Pete Beach on February 11, 2011:

Thanks! I look forward to seeing the results

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