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Cast Net shrimping & fishing




I am interested in getting into casual cast net shrimping and fishing next season. Videos have been helpful but I see there are different net sizes.

Is there a female beginner net I should practice with on land to hone technique? Or would that be silly? It appears that the throw requires practice to perfect & not get all tangled up. Thanks!


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For a beginner I would try a 4 ft net with 3/8 inch mesh. and if you have a choice the heavier the better . it will make it sink faster. I would avoid the 1/2 mesh they go down to slow for mullet unless you're in real shallow water.


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Start with a smaller net and work your way up. The effort and skill increases with net diameter. Agree with Ricks suggestion. You tube has some great videos. Find a method that works for you. I have fished with the same four guys for over forty years and we all throw differently. Also it is much easier to throw a nice spread from a dock than it is standing in two feet of water. Practice.


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First thing I would say is that on the "fishing" side of your question don't expect anything/much in the way of eating fish. This is especially true of Shore/Dock/Wade methods in this area. You will mostly get "Bait Fish" such as Mullet and small Croakers and Spot. Boat Cast Netting can catch you something with a bigger/heavy net and you really know your territory. Cast Net Shrimping, well don't know much about this! Maybe somebody will answer. My overall comment is that Cast Netting, other than obtaining bait is not going to put much dinner on your table.


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Sooooo practice throwing out on land or water?

Pickle- "casual" is the key word here. If 4 shrimps were to magically jump in the net I would be thrilled & whip up some Pad Thai or similar. Florida has lots of interesting areas to cast...


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I love your ambition. Go for it. I just thought it would be disappointing if you thought you were going get enough to feed a family.


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You should practice on grass. A good net is not cheap and you would not want to harm it on something other than grass for practice. Tim Wade here in Melbourne Fl. makes a great net. Good nets are much easier to throw.


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I occasionally find shrimp with my cast net. during the late summer months. The Canal to the public boat docks across from pirates cove did well for me , I could catch enough shrimp for fishing and a light lunch. there are a few places on Ocracoke I could find them too but never enough to feed a family. Sound side in canals are the place to look in my opinion


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This past late Aug., down in the North River by Harker's Island, there were lots of shrimp to be found. Got so many in my bait traps, that we just kept them to grill.

I, too, will be practicing with my cast net.


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Great! I can practice the throw at home on grass. Catching something besides rays & sharks would be refreshing...


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Practice practice practice
concentrate on smooth and even "hit" when the net hits the water. You want it to be muscle memory rather than a conscious thought on casting . With smooth comes speed and accuracy


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^Alexy, Great advice. When I started on a 6' net many years ago, I put all I had in it each time, trying different methods, etc. It was frustrating and usually a mess. Over time, slowing down and staying with one style (for me it is left lead/right shoulder) it has become habit instead of effort. Just like surf casting, less effort is usually mo' betta'. Thumbs up


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Great advice you all! Thanks. I found an interesting Tibet fellow casting in his funny Chinese pants. I forget what that monk style is called & with my iPhone it won't link over here. But his casting is a beautiful thang!