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matt2ga
post Aug 11 2006, 07:56 AM
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I want to buy a cast net for shrimp. I've never used one before. What is the best size to get for a beginner? I don't want to spend alot on one until I can figure out how to use it. Any recommendations as to brands or a place to buy one?

I've seen some posts recently that say the shrimp are in the creeks. Are y'all going way back up into small creeks or fishing just inside larger creeks? Where is the best place to try and find these critters? I'll be in the Sunbury area. Thanks for any advice.

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post Aug 11 2006, 08:17 AM
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Matt,

For bait shrimp, you can use any mesh size, for food shrimp, you have to use (I believe) 3/8" mesh and the net can be no larger than 8'. I would start with at least a 6' net, anything less does not have enough spead to make it worthwhile to cast, at least I think so. I use an 8'.

Shrimp farther back in the creeks right now are going to be small, I go into the larger rivers along the inside curve, when the tide is out of the grass (anything else and you are wasting your time, they will be in the grass. I find last half of the outgoing to first half of the incoming the right mix.

I do not buy expensive nets, Betts Blue or some other work fine, and if you tear them up on oysters, as you will, it doesn't hurt as much in the wallet. Boat US, Bass Pro shop, Boaters World all have them.

Someone on the boards posted a link to a cast net video, changed the way I throw one for the better. Anyone still know or have that link?

Hope that helps

Mike

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post Aug 11 2006, 08:18 AM
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I would make sure it has a 1/2" mesh as that is the minimum for food shrimp from my understanding. You cannot even have a smaller mesh in the boat if you are catching shrimp to eat. (See Ga regs on recreational shrimping). If you are new at throwing a net you might want a 6' net, as larger nets can be cumbersome for a beginner. There is a good video on throwing a net at www.calusa.com.

From the DNR site: Castnets used recreationally to take food shrimp are restricted to a maximum net size of eight feet in radius with a minimum 1/2 inch bar-mesh webbing and shall be constructed of uniform material from horn (thimble) to the lead line. All modifications, including duct tape, lawnchair webbing, and bubble wrap are prohibited. The lead line must have a minimum of 3/4 pound of weight per radius-foot attached.

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post Aug 11 2006, 01:00 PM
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i am all for the small nets as well for bait... throwing one of those big ones is a job... plus, with a small one you can aim somewhat...
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post Aug 11 2006, 03:38 PM
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If want a good net for the money go to K-mart and purchase a Huricane net. Another good net for the money also is a Blue Dolphin. I have thrown alot of nets and they seem to work best for me. A good net size to begin with a 5ft. Back when I started and learned from my father I was throwing a 4ft cotton net but that was 20 years ago. One net that I would stay away from is a Betts. There heavy and the tucks will hang up causing the "Half a Cast" or the "Taco". Words from my Grandfather.


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post Aug 11 2006, 03:43 PM
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I have a 7' from wal mart. I have on several occasions last and this year caught enough shrimp for bait in 1 to 2 casts. I personally won't buy an expensive net because if there's an oyster or snag to be found I'll get it. If you have never casted very much I'd suggest you start with a 5' or 6' and move up in size later.

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post Aug 11 2006, 05:03 PM
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Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'll go with a 5 or 6 foot net to get started. Thanks for the specific advice to stay away from Betts nets. I was actually thinking about buying one at Bass Pro. I'll take a look at K-Mart.

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post Aug 11 2006, 08:11 PM
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I agree & suggest starting w/the 5 or 6 until ya can get the hang of it. Them shrimp are getting bigger each day and every time I cast for bait. Best results = 1st hour IN-Tide / Last hr of OUT-Tide - ** Try to get up close to the grass ~ But watch them bloody oysters mate! Them buggers will rip ya net to shreds!! Good Luck "Fish On!"
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post Aug 11 2006, 08:34 PM
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As everyone else has said go with a 5 or 6 footer for your first net. Depending on how tall you are will also make a little difference 5'8 or up go with 6'. If you would like some help learning firsthand PM me and I will see if I can squeeze in a few minutes "coaching" if you are close. Also Wal Mart has some decent nets "Fitec Brand" They are made using the panel construction method.


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post Aug 11 2006, 09:58 PM
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I'd go 6' and 1/2" mesh to start. Betts blue is a pretty good starter net. the cheaper the net the asier it rips, tangles and its harder to throw.


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post Aug 12 2006, 11:35 AM
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Heres a link on throwing a cast net to help you out. A 5 -6 foot net is really easy. I just upgraded to one alot bigger and this is how i learned to throw it.

http://www.calusa.com/watchvideo.cfm?name=notrequired


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