Knowing how to throw a cast net is a skill that can come in handy. A cast net is an excellent way to catch bait. While there are numerous ways to throw the net, there is no right or wrong way.
What can be the difference is that some methods are better than others. When you can do it right, you can catch more baitfish during a long day fishing out on a river, lake, or ocean.
We are about to show you the easy ones, with simple easy-to-follow instructions. Here is how to throw 8, 10, 12 ft cast net.
Find The Right Peparation Spot
The first thing to do is look for a favorite steady spot and set up the net by making it ready for throwing. After this, and while you hold the yoke in the left hand, release the remaining part into the air, flip the entire net to set any folded parts free. This helps the net spread well on the water when thrown. Doing this procedure wrong makes it difficult for the net to stretch above the hot spots of fishing fully.
Using the power hand, hold the net by the center. The distance between the yoke and the hand and the lead line should be similar. This will enable equal distribution of the net on the water without a part laying over the other. In case the net lays over the other, you might miss capturing enough fish worth the struggle.
Attaching The Loop to Your Left Wrist
You begin with placing the end of the rope to your left wrist. There should be a loop at the end of the hand line that you can attach comfortably to your wrist. The attachment should not be too tight just in case of an emergency. There are many cases where people get pulled under by the net only because the rope was attached to the wrist too tight.
However, the attachment should be tight and secure enough not to slip off your hand when you throw the net onto the water. The enclosure is what keeps you from losing your cast net into the deep.
Looping The Handline Over The Left Hand
Once you have attached the loop at the end on the hand line on your left wrist, you should proceed to make about one-foot coils with the handline over your left hand. Do not make loops that are too tight if you want the net to deploy correctly when you release it onto the water.
To coil it the right way, you need to wrap the rope across your palm and fall sluggishly over the back of the hand a couple of times until you reach the net’s horn. You will put the net on your left hand and let it go around it moving towards your direction.
This should be like the rope is moving towards your chest around your hand. Make sure you do not do it too tightly to avoid accidents and for your safety. If it is tight, you can be pulled into the water while throwing the net and end up drowning.
Aligning The Right Parts
When you have coiled the hand line until you reach the horn of the net, grip it with your left hand. It is even better when you grab it about one foot before the horn to make it more manageable. The horn is the uppermost part of the net, where there is a small metal ring connecting the net to the hand line.
You will be having a point attached to the wrist, the coiled hand line, and the horn all in your left hand. Your right hand will help put everything in position, including placing the necessary parts into your left hand.
The next procedure is to divide the lower lead line into two sections. One section should be in the hand while the other should be dangling downwards towards the deck. From there, you proceed to tie the rope on the left hand.
This time around, however, you are moving it in the opposite direction from the earlier. It should now be tied moving away from the chest. Ensure the line and weights do not fold into each other to ensure the net spreads when thrown.
Set Up Your Throw
Use your right hand to gather the remaining parts of the net at its midpoint. You should grab the net below your waist, but if you want to throw the net further, you should hold it closer to your knees. This is where you split your net into half.
To do this, press the net halfway between the loaded weights and the horn. Make sure you straighten out the net all through from the horn down to the weights by passing it through your right hand to ensure it does not twist.
You should check again that the horn is still positioned just outside the left hand. Likewise, you need to confirm that the weights in their skirt-like form are resting on the deck directly under your right hand.
That way, you will have effectively split the net halfway, which will make it easier to manage and get into position for a more successful throw. The lead and the weights will appear to be on the same level when you view them in a reverse position, away from you. Hold the line just where it drops at the center and make that the central part of the net.
The Entire Net Comes to The Left Hand
As you transfer to your left palm, the part of your net in your right hand, the net will create another loop that will hang loosely outside the coiled rope on your hand. That way, you will eventually be beholding the entire net, including the hand line in your left hand.
You should ensure that the two sections of your net in your left hand are not crossing over each other because if they do, throwing the net might not happen well. It will also help you check for twists too.
Keeping the Weighted Skirt in The Right Position
Carefully put the rope of the net in between the teeth, get a grip, and ignore the weights. Reach down and grab the unweighted section of the net with your right hand and clamp it between the teeth. This will help to enhance the experience. This may sound strange to some people, but it will surely help keep the skirt-like part in the right position.
If you are not in for the teeth thing, you may allow the portion to lay freely on your left hand before throwing. However, it would be best if you remembered that using the teeth is the standard technique for throwing a 4-foot cast net and others.
Now that you have the net in place, use the right hand to hold the lead that is away from you towards the ground. Grab the part of the lead line that is hanging from your teeth. Use the inside of your free hand to lift the line and rest it in the fingers’ crease so that the skirt opens up and expands when you release and throw it onto the water.
Throwing The Cast Net
Do not twist your body. It should maintain an upright posture. In this position, you are now ready to throw the net into the water and capture the unlucky prey. You should see the net spread out well on the water, just like a mat on the floor. Use energy and flip the net suddenly as you swing the upper part of your body.
The sudden flipping makes the net spread out, releasing any folds. The net then becomes straight. Make sure to maintain the position of the lower body. It is not necessary to move it. At times, you will be required to move a step back or forth to maintain balance. The net spreads on the water, and the weights go-ahead to do the trick so that you can capture the aquatic animals.
Frequently training on this tactical will enhance your skills in throwing cast nets. Please do it again and again until you are perfect. Always move the upper body only to the rhythm of throwing the net. The left-handed people can do the procedure in reverse, replacing the left hand with the right side and vice versa.
Now you know how to throw a 5-foot cast net, and it is as simple as that. Before you try it, everything may seem so arduous, but it is not. You need to know the right steps to follow, and the throw will happen flawlessly. Remember, how well you throw the net will determine your success at catching fish, and you should not take it lightly for that reason. Now that you know how to throw a cast net, you have no idea not to make the most out of every throw with all other conditions kept right.