How to Make a Homemade Casting Net for Bait

How to Make a Homemade Casting Net for Bait
Casting nets can be constructed for shrimp, pin fish, shiner, mullet, sardine and an assortment of other bait fish. As with any fishing equipment, the bigger the bait fish, the bigger size of mesh and stronger netting material you'll need. You can choose among mono-filament netting, nylon or polyester thread and string. The gauge must be small enough to prevent fish from escaping the net. It's moderately easy to make a casting net, but depending on the size you want, the process could require several hours or days.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mono-filament netting, nylon or polyester thread or string
  • Shuttle or needle to hold your twine
  • Paddle or gauge to measure mesh width (optional)
Step 1
Use the sheet bend technique to start your casting net. Make a loop. Hold the loop in place using your work hand. Use your opposite hand to pass the tag end of the thread through the loop and then back around it. Close the knot. You will use the sheet bend technique throughout the construction of your casting net.
Step 2
Decide what type of fish you want to use for bait. The type of bait you use will determine what size holes (gauge) you need for the netting. A 1-inch gauge, adequate for bait up to 20 pounds, can be achieved using your index and middle finger to guide the placement of each knot. Once you have made several knots, you may only need to take a visual measurement. If you are not comfortable doing this, continue to press your index and middle finger to the thread as your measuring stick.
Step 3
Continue to construct the first row until the casting net extends lengthwise to the size you require. If you run out of thread at any time, tie a sheet bend knot to the last loop. But instead of pulling the tag end over the next loop, add the knotted end together with an adjoining thread. Tie a new knot to combine the two and continue constructing the casting net row by row.
Step 4
Open the finished casting net so you can easily gather the top ends together in your hands and a pool of netting falls into a kind of balloon below.
Step 5
Attach a hand line for gripping the casting net during casting and retrieval. Use a simple removable device, such as a swivel, to connect the hand line. Using a swivel will allow you to handle the casting net and move it vertically or horizontally. Snap a swivel over the top line of the casting net in two opposite locations. This is done similar to the way you snap a key ring onto a key or second key ring.
Step 6
Add a braided style rope at least 6 to 12 feet long using a sheet bend knot. Tie the knot around the swivel to connect the rope and swivel to the casting net.

Tips & Warnings

The size of the casting net will determine how many rows you need.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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