Fishing Outdoor

How to Throw a Cast Net

Written by Chris Alan

Knowing how to set up a cast net and the proper techniques of how to throw it correctly are both necessary for effective casting. Additionally, practice is a vital component. As you use it more, you become more familiar with its weight, the effect of wind speed, direction on the throw, and other comparable aspects essential to its performance.

There are many different types of cast nets available on the market. They differ in weight, mesh sizes, and other characteristics that make up the product. The move from purchasing bait to catching bait is one of the most significant phases in the development of an angler. When learning to throw a cast net, it might be difficult to avoid tangles and get the right spin. There is professional assistance available, so don’t be afraid.

There are several cast net throwing techniques, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. To be able to throw the net, cause it to expand fully, and then capture fish inside is the ultimate objective. Far as these events take place, it actually doesn’t matter how the net is thrown. The detailed instructions for throwing a cast net are given below.

Step 1: The cast net should be spread out on the ground. Place the hand loop in your left hand. To make sure the hand loop is stable and won’t fall off your wrist while you throw, tighten it down firmly. If the net you’re using doesn’t have a hand loop that can be adjusted, position the loop such that the hand line is facing down.

Step 2: Coil the rope around your palm over your left hand into 12–18-inch coils. Depending on the size of the net you’re using, you’ll build a different number of precise coils; shorter lines, of course, will have fewer coils. It’s crucial to avoid winding the coils too tightly since the net might not release properly if you do. The net will typically be simpler to handle the smaller it is.

Step 3: With your left hand, hold the net’s horn (the highest point of the net, where the hand line’s small metal ring is attached). You can drape the net while holding onto the horn to get ready to throw. The horn, the coiled hand line, and the hand loop should all be in your left hand. 

Step 4: Gather the net’s fabric into a bundle with your right hand. With your palm, hold the bundle of net. The remaining portion of the net should hang straight down toward the deck. Once the trap is positioned to align with the coiling hand line, don’t let it move.

Step 5: With your right hand, grab the remaining portion of the net near its middle. Make careful to straighten it out and prevent it from twisting. Verify the skirt’s weights are on the deck squarely beneath your right hand and the horn is lying just outside your left palm before continuing. To make the net more manageable and to position it for the throw, you split it in half.

Step 6: Put the piece of net in your left palm after moving it from your right hand. The net will create another loop as you do this, dangling outside the coil of the hand line. With your left hand, you should now be carrying the entire net.

Verify that the two net segments you are holding in your left hand are not touching one another. The result could be that they twist. It’s acceptable for the lead weights to be either sitting on the deck or hovering slightly over the skirt.

Step 7: Grasp the lead line attached to the hanging skirt at its base between your teeth. Although it may seem odd, doing this is the most efficient technique to maintain the skirt’s position when throwing a cast net.

Throwing a muddy lead line over your shoulder is an alternative if putting it in your mouth doesn’t appeal to you. To ensure that it won’t come off, position the skirt so that the two halves are precisely centered.

Step 8: Lift the line with the inside of your free hand, letting it rest in the space between your fingers. By doing this, you’ll let the skirt expand as you let go of the net. 

Step 9: In your fist, tightly ball up the net. As you prepare to launch, the weight of the net will be evenly distributed between your left and right hands. Once the net is in place, try not to change your grip to prevent affecting your accuracy or distance.

Step 10: To start the throw, twist your waist between 90 and 120 degrees. As soon as your upper body is facing your objective, make ready to release the net. Positioning your toes in the direction of the intended landing spot throughout the entire throw will help you improve your aim and help you guide the net as it leaves your hands. Kneel down and slightly shift your weight. If you reduce your center of gravity, you’ll be less likely to lose your balance.

Step 11: Snap your arms straight in front of you and spread your fingers wide as soon as you release the grip. When the net has reached its maximum momentum, try to “feel” when to release. Let the net fly away on its own rather than trying to throw it as far as you can with brute power. The more accessible and natural your action is when throwing a cast net, the better the results will be. 

Step 12: The substantial weights surrounding the skirt will cause the net to spread out and sink to the water’s bottom. Any bait fish swimming nearby will be caught under the net. Till the net has completely settled, avoid pulling on the hand line (even accidentally).

Step 13: By hand, reel the net in towards you once it is lying at the bottom of the body of water you are fishing. The weighted end will close as you proceed. There will be a tonne of baitfish as payment for your perseverance and skill. When getting your net, take your time. Rushing it could cause you to lose control and lose your baitfish.

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