How Do I Repair a Fishing Net?

How Do I Repair a Fishing Net?
Most fishing nets are durable, but after heavy use, the nets are likely to wear and break around the knots. Nets will also break after hooks have repeatedly punctured the material. As long as the net handle is intact, the remainder of the net can be repaired. You can locate netting material from net companies or find it through sporting goods dealers. Many of the sporting goods stores do not carry the material, but it can be special ordered, if necessary.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Nylon net material
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing needle
  • Zip ties or net rings
Step 1
Place the net on a stable surface. Use scissors to cut away the broken material. This will create a hole in the net. If there are several breaks, cut out the material to create a single large hole rather than several small holes.
Step 2
Check all of the knots in old netting material. Tug on the knots and use the scissors to remove any loose or rotting knots.
Step 3
Cut several long sections of new netting material to replace the old net. This is only to remove the netting from the spool. It will be cut again after you measure the segments required.
Step 4
Use your fingers to spread the intact netting material and measure the dimensions with a tape measure. Cut the new net material into segments 1/2 to 1 inch longer than the old segments to compensate for knots.
Step 5
Tie the segments using a needle and a square knot. Continue to measure and tie the square knots in the same fashion as the previous netting. The most common pattern is a triangle shape. If the netting is broken at the handle, tie the knot in the netting then use a zip tie to connect the material to the handle.

Tips & Warnings

Mend the net as soon as you notice the breaks. The longer you wait, the more damaged the net will become.
Nets can be repaired with twine and string, but nylon netting material is more durable and capable of withstanding rot from water.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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