Fishing Net Repair

Fishing Net Repair
Because they are meant to be handled roughly, dunked into water and are often stored in damp environments, fishing nets inevitably gets torn up. A sport angler's netting might not see as much abuse as that of a commercial fisherman, but that is just postponing the inevitable. Repairing your fishing net may prove a bit tedious, but it can be a simple job and it will cost you a lot less than buying a new net.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scissors
  • Spool of nylon cord
Step 1
Cut off the frayed ends of the lines hanging loose around the hole in the netting. Give each knot around the hole a tug to make sure it is still solid. Remove loose knots by cutting them off. This will enlarge the hole, but don't worry about that.
Step 2
Lay the netting around the hole out flat and spread the netting out. Measure the distance between matching lengthways lines across the hole. Then cut a fresh line off a spool of nylon cordage that matches your netting, adding 3 or 4 inches to make tying knots easier.
Step 3
Tie on the first lengthways line on with a becket knot. Take the loose end of the netting line and form it into a loop. Then take the end of the new line and make a loop with it, laying it over the first loop. Take the rest of the new line and thread it back, underneath, behind and around the netting loop so that you can take the new line across the top and run it through that loop in the old line. The final step is to pull both lines tight and into a knot. Repeat the process at the other end of the line, bridging the gap.
Step 4
Repeat Step 3 for every lengthways line that needs to be repaired.
Step 5
Use the becket knot you learned in Step 3 to tie your first widthways line onto one end of netting line. Then tie this new widthways line at each intersection with a lengthways lines fashioned in steps 3 and 4 with ordinary square knots. Finish by tying it onto the netting at the other side of the hole with a becket knot, bridging the gap.
Step 6
Repeat Step 5 for every widthways line that needs to be repaired.
Step 7
Hold up the net and give the repaired section a good pull, to make sure all the knots are tight and the patched netting will bear the weight of use.

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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