How to Make White Bait Nets

How to Make White Bait Nets
White bait are small fish that measure 25 to 50 inches in length. Construct small whitebait nets when bank fishing and large whitebait nets when fishing off shore. Sizing will vary depending on how many fish you wish to handle at one time. Small whitebait nets will typically range from 12 to 15 inches and large nets will typically range from 3 to 4 feet.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Build the construction of your whitebait net using the sheet bend technique. Create a loop using the tag end of a piece of thread. Pass the thread through the loop, then back around it. Tie a knot to complete the sheet bend technique.
Step 2
Measure the gauge size. Choose a gauge size of 15 mm, which is equal to less than ½ inch. Press your index finger to the thread as a visual marker for the placement of each knot. Construct a knot every 15 mm as you move along the thread. If you increase the gauge size, smaller whitebait could escape.
Step 3
Add a second row. Once the first row is in place, build the other rows onto it. Add the knotted end of the thread with an adjoining thread of the same length. Tie a new knot to combine the two pieces. Continue constructing the whitebait net row by row.
Step 4
Attach a hand line, which is an area on the whitebait net where you will handle the net during casting and retrieval. Attach a swivel, which is a simple removable device that connects two objects. Snap the swivel over the top line of the net in two opposite locations. Attach a braided style rope with at least 3 to 4 feet of length. Secure with a sheet bend knot.

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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