What size cast net is best?
Most of our pro anglers and guides throw a 3/8″ mesh net in shallow water during the majority of the year. A 1/4″ is good for a couple months in summer when the baits get small. Many also have a 1/2 inch mesh in their arsenal for winter and deep water netting.
How do I choose a cast net?
Cast nets are typically offered in ¾ pound, 1 pound and 1½ pounds of lead weight per foot of radius. These lead weights are equally spaced at the bottom of the net. The rule of thumb is the more lead and the tighter it’s spaced, the faster the net will sink and the more bait you will catch with each throw.
Why do fish die when caught in a net?
Constriction of the gills by the netting may also stop the fish being able to breathe properly. Struggling may result in cuts to the skin and scales. … 28% of the fish died in the net, probably from suffocation caused by constriction of the gills.