How to Repair a Fishing Net

How to Repair a Fishing Net
Just about everything corrodes or rots when it's exposed to water, particularly salt water. For this reason, fishing nets need constant repair and maintenance. The netting itself is most important, because a net with big holes is not very useful for catching fish. But it is also important to replace missing items of net tackle, such as weights or floats.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spool of cordage Scissors Netting needle (optional) Replacement weights Replacement floats
  • Spool of cordage
  • Scissors
  • Netting needle (optional)
  • Replacement weights
  • Replacement floats
Step 1
Trim away the loose and scraggly cordage fibers from around the hole in the netting with a pair of scissors.
Step 2
Check the knotting around the hole to make sure that it is still strong and reliable. There is little point in repairing the hole if the knots around it are weak. Repair weak knots either by retying them or cutting them out and expanding the hole to be mended.
Step 3
Measure the gaps in the netting between the lines of cordage and cut new cordage to bridge those gaps. Cut these new lines with a couple of extra inches, so they will be easier to tie.
Step 4
Choose either the lengthways or sideways lines to work with first. Tie the cordage together with becket knots. Do this by taking the loose ends of the netting lines and forming them into a loop. Use the new line to form a loop around that first loop, drawing the end of the new line back, under, behind and around so that you can take it over the top and thread it through the original loop in the old line. Pull both lines tight and you have the becket knot. Repeat this for each line.
Step 5
Lay the remaining set of lines into place. Tie the first end onto the netting using a becket knot. Then tie it to the new lines you tied on in Step 4 as it intersects them, using regular square knots. Tie it off at the other end to the original netting with a becket knot again, bridging the gap. Repeat that until the net is completely repaired.
Step 6
Check whether floats or weights are missing from your net. If they are, tie on new ones.

Tips & Warnings

 
A netting needle is a handy tool for mending a net if you have a lot of loose cordage around and need a way to spool it. If you already have an orderly spool of cordage, you do not need a netting needle.
 
A netting needle is a handy tool for mending a net if you have a lot of loose cordage around and need a way to spool it. If you already have an orderly spool of cordage, you do not need a netting needle.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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