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#482759 - 11/16/17 11:29 AM Re: A pond dedicated to Redear Sunfish [Re: snrub]
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Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 1572
Loc: West Michigan
I've watched a lot of videos about this and all seem to have the net all draped over them or around them and a complicated folding system. This one was interesting. It starts at the 7 min mark.

So the 12' cast net means 12' radius or 24' net.




or saw this. This technique seems pretty easy to master:



Edited by canyoncreek (11/16/17 11:40 AM)

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#482763 - 11/16/17 01:13 PM Re: A pond dedicated to Redear Sunfish [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 4200
Loc: SE Kansas
Those are big nets. They are way beyond my needs or skill level. I will get a picture of my small one later today.

I am sure as the size increases, the skill level to deploy them increases significantly.

I can't remember for sure but I thought a 6' net threw a 12' circle. I knew at one time but memory is suspect. I know there are guys on here that know a lot about them so maybe they will chime in.

I personally for my needs would not want to go more than a 4' (8' circle). I think they would get a lot harder to throw above that.

Edit: I throw my small net with the same technique as the second video but since it is smaller it is much simpler. First I do not have to fold the net over in my hand as he does. I just grasp it below the ring like he does but do not fold any of the net back over in my hand. Second I only have to spread the net out like he does right before he throws. I do not have to gather up the weights five or six times. Otherwise the throw is about the same but my rope is also much shorter.

One thing he is having to cope with is waves. So he is the equivalent of throwing on his knees if he was on dry land. I suspect this is part of the multiple gathering up the weights. Getting the throw started up higher so the waves do not catch it. My net is small enough that if I hold it out from my chest the weights are off the ground. Then I just grab the skirt like he does and place one weight in my right hand like he does. Then I skip all the other gathering up of weights but reach down and grab at arms length the leading edge of the skirt. Then throw pretty much as he did, swinging the weights in an arc and letting the weights do the work. Clear as mud?


Edited by snrub (11/16/17 01:34 PM)
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#482766 - 11/16/17 03:32 PM Re: A pond dedicated to Redear Sunfish [Re: snrub]
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Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 4200
Loc: SE Kansas
My net is 4' with overall 8 feet diameter and 3/8" net mesh.


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Description: 4' cast net 8' diameter coverage




Edited by snrub (11/16/17 07:55 PM)
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#482774 - 11/16/17 08:01 PM Re: A pond dedicated to Redear Sunfish [Re: snrub]
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Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 4200
Loc: SE Kansas
What I think is an interesting observation concerning using the cast net.

Went out after lunch and decided to try for some RES fingerlings. Bright sunny day. In three casts only got 3 fish so gave up. Thought hmmmm. Maybe I am getting the fingerlings thinned out. But I had not really used the net on a bright sunny mid day. It has either been late afternoon before dark or on a cloudy cold day if done mid day.

So I went out at early dark tonight. Had to leave the 4 wheeler running with lights on to see what I was getting but there was just enough light left in the sky I could see where I was throwing. Got 23 RES fingerlings in three casts and a few GS. About the same catch rate as I have been getting all along.

So just an observation for anyone thinking about trying a cast net. Just like fishing with a hook and line. Time of day, temperature and probably many other factors determine where the fish will be. Mid day on a sunny day they were not where I had been catching them. But as the day was ending they were back in the shallow water concentrated where I could catch them.


Edited by snrub (11/16/17 08:02 PM)
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#482779 - 11/16/17 10:20 PM Re: A pond dedicated to Redear Sunfish [Re: snrub]
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Registered: 01/10/15
Posts: 591
Loc: Texas
I just acquired a cast net recently. Marking this thread for future reference.
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#482840 - Yesterday at 10:04 AM Re: Recruitment success! [Re: TGW1]
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Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 3540
Loc: Emory TX
Originally Posted By: TGW1
...I recently talked to someone here that can get me some smb for a pond but it will be next spring. Talking to my dirt contractor, we may get started next week on another pond. And if I could come up with some of the sized smb u mentioned snrub, I would put them in my daughters pond now, along with some Hsb of course. I stock cnbg there last spring.


Tracy, let us know if you do the SMB thing this next spring. I'm rolling a winter yellow perch/SMB brood pond combo around in my head.
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#482878 - Today at 09:17 AM Re: Recruitment success! [Re: FireIsHot]
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Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 1998
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
Originally Posted By: FireIsHot
Originally Posted By: TGW1
...I recently talked to someone here that can get me some smb for a pond but it will be next spring. Talking to my dirt contractor, we may get started next week on another pond. And if I could come up with some of the sized smb u mentioned snrub, I would put them in my daughters pond now, along with some Hsb of course. I stock cnbg there last spring.


Tracy, let us know if you do the SMB thing this next spring. I'm rolling a winter yellow perch/SMB brood pond combo around in my head.


Will do Allen, One might think TJ might make a drive down here this spring just so he could spread his wings, so to speak. Truth is, if his wife is like mine, she would be most likely happy to get him out of her hair for a week while he brought down some of those smb he catches through the ice. Now tell me about those yp u speak of? I was thinking the same but don't those come out of Florida for us southern guys? And how cool would it be to have some nice Yp, smb down here in Texas? Those Yankee's would have nothing on us then but ice fishing smile


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#482879 - Today at 10:44 AM Re: Recruitment success! [Re: snrub]
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Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 3540
Loc: Emory TX
Tracy, I actually talked to TJ several years ago about getting some of his SMB. If we ever get another drought here, I'll put in a silt/hatchery pond, and have my small pond available for Pinky and the Brain stuff. I've done the seasonal forage fish thing several times now, and I'm really liking it. IF, the pond is void of other fish, the short term results can be exceptional. I'd probably have to add aeration of some type for the SMB, but that's the long term plan anyway.

Yellow perch are as pretty a fish as I've ever seen, and their shape is very LMB friendly, so that's a win/win for me. If I could get them to 6"-8" by spring, then I would consider that a success.
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#482883 - Today at 11:49 AM Re: Recruitment success! [Re: snrub]
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If you guys are serious about SMB then source them from as far south as you can , same for YP.
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