Net casting takes some handiwork, centrifugal force and speed

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM.

“You have to remember that bait fish usually survive by getting out of the way in a hurry,” Martin said. “The last one to move is usually the first one eaten.

"Sometimes you have to be able to throw (the net) at a moving target.”

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO NET CASTING

1. Gather the net in your left hand (right hand if you are left-handed). Make loops with the main line in the hand you are going to hold the net. The loops should be about 16 inches in diameter. After gathering all the main line, the net will start coming into your hand. Make one loop with the net and then make "kind of a little bowl at the top" so you have everything in your left hand, Martin said.

2. Open the back of the net by throwing it over your left shoulder or holding between your teeth. "I will take the lead line that is closest to my body and put the lead line between my teeth," Martin says. "I’m just basically holding the back of the net open with a very little bit of pressure with my teeth."

3. Make three or four throws over you right arm to even out the net. (Use left shoulder if you are left-handed). This opens the back half of the net.

4. Slide your right hand inside the net and gather it up. Then bring your right and left hands less than 6 inches apart. Youshould be able to look down around your waist and see the back half of the cast net open.



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