Net casting takes some handiwork, centrifugal force and speed

Net casting

Crestview High School outdoor education teacher Ernie Martin demonstrates how to throw a cast net.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM.

CRESTVIEW — If you fish, you know that even the cheapest bait isn’t so cheap anymore.

An 8 ounce pack of frozen shrimp costs almost $4 — and that’s the cheap stuff. Fresh water baits also are rising in price.

So what’s an angler to do to offset the rising costs?

Well, you could purchase a cast net and catch your own bait. Cast nets start at 3 feet and can go up to 12 or 14 feet for mullet.

Crestview High School outdoor education instructor Ernie Martin, an old pro at throwing a cast net, offers a few tips that, with a little practice, will have a beginner throwing like a veteran in no time.

Start small

“The priority is to start out with a small net,” Martin said. “Start with a 5-foot bait net and work on it."

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