How to Condition Fish Casting Nets

How to Condition Fish Casting Nets
Depending on their size, style and whether they're custom-made, casting nets can be an expensive piece of fishing gear. They can quickly pay for themselves in the money they save in bait, but proper cleaning, conditioning and storage is essential in prolonging the life of your nets. Salt and storing the net wet will quickly deteriorate the netting, making it unusable. Cleaning and conditioning takes no time at all and will keep your cast net catching baitfish for years to come.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Water
  • Fabric softener
Step 1
Fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and approximately two capfuls of a mild dish-washing soap. Stir the detergent and water, mixing it together.
Step 2
Place the casting net into the soap mixture and pull it up and down in the bucket two to three times to circulate the soapy water throughout the net. It is best to clean the casting net before conditioning it.
Step 3
Soak the casting net in the bucket of soapy water for approximately 30 to 60 minutes. Remove the net from the bucket, hang it up and rinse it off with clean water, removing any soapy residue.
Step 4
Rinse the soap residue from the 5-gallon bucket. Place two capfuls of fabric softener into the bucket and fill it up with clean water. Stir the fabric softener mixture.
Step 5
Place the casting net inside the bucket, lifting it up two to three times to circulate the fabric softener through the netting. Allow the net to soak anywhere from four hours to overnight.
Step 6
Remove the casting net from the fabric softener mixture and hang it up. Rinse thoroughly with clean water immediately after removing the net from the bucket.
Step 7
Allow the net to dry completely before storing.

Tips & Warnings

Condition new casting nets before using them, as it softens the net, making it easier to throw them.
Conditioning the net removes any dead fish odors or musty smells.
For best use and results, condition the casting net when it begins feeling stiff or at least three times per year.
Always rinse the casting net off with clean water and allow it to fully dry after every use, especially when using the net in saltwater.
Do not store the casting net in a sunny location, as the sunlight will damage the net.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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