How Do I Build a Fishing Hoop Net?

How Do I Build a Fishing Hoop Net?
Hoop net fishing works when going for lobster, crab or other bottom-walking species. This activity is a recreational way of filling the pots for backyard cook-outs and lobster bakes. If you are just getting into the sport and wish to save a few bucks, make your own hoop nets with odds and ends found around the house and some gear purchased from a fabric store and bait and tackle supplier.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Old tennis racket or 18-inch embroidery hoop
  • 1 yard netting, medium sized mesh
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Power drill with 1/4-inch bits and 1/2-inch bit
  • 24-inch long 1/2 inch dowel
  • Wood glue
  • Cork handle tape
  • Screws
  • Philips or flat head screwdriver
  • Pencil or marker
  • Bench vise
Step 1
Place the old tennis racket, or embroidery hoop, into the bench vise and tighten so it rests perpendicular to the work bench. Measure the diameter of the racket head or embroidery hoop, and mark every inch around the circumference on the outside face of the hoop or racket.
Step 2
Drill 1/4-inch horizontal holes at each marking, going all the way through the wood. Place the holes as close to the middle of the wood rim as possible. If using the tennis racket, cut away all the racket string prior to drilling.
Step 3
Change the drill bits from 1/4-inch to the 1/2-inch, and drill one 1/2-inch horizontal hole on the embroidery hoop, going through both the inside and outside hoop. Place the 1/2-inch hole into the middle of the edge. Do not drill the 1/2 inch hole in the tennis racket, as it already has a handle.
Step 4
Remove the racket or hoop from the vise. Remove the interior hoop from the exterior on the embroidery hoop. Place the fabric inside it, pulling down at the middle to make a large scooped net. Place the interior hoop back inside the outer, and align the drilled holes.

If using the tennis racket, place the fabric over the racket head and pull down to make the mesh net. Use the small zip ties to tie the fabric into place by threading them through the 1/4-inch holes and the mesh fabric. Cut off the excess fabric at the racket head, and the excess plastic tips from the zip ties.
Step 5
Screw in the screws into the drilled out holes around the embroidery hoop, locking the fabric into position and making the net. Keep the screw points facing in toward the center of the net and fabric, going from the outer edge of the hoop. Cut away the excess fabric around the edge of the hoop.

Dip one end of the 24-inch dowel into wood glue, going up 1 to 2 inches. Push the glued end through the 1/2-inch hole on the outside face of the embroidery hoop, creating the net handle. The dowel should face out and down, like the handle for the tennis racket.
Step 6
Wrap the cork handle tape around the other end of the dowel until you have enough for your grip size or desired measurements.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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