How To Throw A Cast Net

Just to let you know this is not about how I can through a cast net as I have only done it a couple of times and it ended up a bit of a mess. I guess that if I practiced more at it I would be able to do it, but here in NSW you are not allowed to use one. Which is a shame as it would make catching live bait so much easier.

While away in Weipa I had the pleasure of watching a pro use a cast net to perfection every time he threw it. So, I decided to take a series of photos so that it would help me learn how to do it properly when I came back.

The photos that I took were great (see sequence shots), but they were missing the crucial part of throwing the net. How to hold it before you throw it.

With the help of Scotty Lyons YouTube clip that is on The Hook and the Cook I have put together 9 steps

1. If you are right-handed make sure the end of the rope is tied around your left-hand wrist.

2. Feed the rope out behind you.

3. Slowly bring the net up and grab one loop to about the middle of the net.

4. Then reach to the front of the net with your right-hand and gather the front of the net and loop it over your left hand.

5. Run your fingers of your right down the net and grab your 1st lot of leads and loop over your left hand.

6. Then repeat this and grab your 2nd lot of leads.

7. With your right hand gather about half the net. Now you may think that this all sounds complicated!

So, to help you out you can watch the video on how to hold the net before you cast it.

If the holding and the casting of the net is done correctly, you will find that it should fly through the air and land as shown in the seven series shots that I took. Before you go out and buy yourself a cast net to practice and use in your waterways you will need to check if you are allowed to use one in your state or territory. Click on the following links:

QLD: https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/rules-regulations/gear-tidal-waters

NSW: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs/perm-prohib-saltwater

WA: http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents/recreational_fishing/licences/rec_licence_netting.pdf

VIC: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-guide/permitted-fishing-equipment

NT: https://nt.gov.au/marine/recreational-fishing/pots-dillies-and-nets

SA: http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_gear/permitted_devices

Thanks to Scotty Lyons from Southern Sydney Fishing tours for his guidance up a Weipa and his instructions on how to use a cast net. If you are interested in going to Weipa with Scotty, you should have a look at the following video

and then book yourself a trip of a lifetime. http://fishingsydney.com.au/weipa2.html

Gary Brown

About Gary Brown

I have been fishing from a very early age (around # to 4) in the estuaries from Qld to Victoria for bream, whiting, mullet, flathead, leatherjackets, john dory and luderick. Having owned my first boat at 12, I was able to fish further afield in many different estuaries up and down the NSW coast with my dad. In my early teens I started to fish from the beach for bream, whiting, tailor and salmon and then progressed onto the rocks for bream, trevally, tailor, salmon, drummer, luderick and snapper. I also targeted snapper, morwong, other reef species off shore, plus a variety of tuna. In his teens Gary brought his first boat and started fish out to sea on the south coast of NSW where he could chase snapper, tuna, morwong, pinkies, leatherjackets, mulloway, bonito and many other fish species. Over the past 22 years I have been teaching many anglers how to improve their fishing ability in my “How, Where, When and Why to Fish” classes throughout tackle shops in Sydney. In 2002 I had my first book published (Fishing Sydney’s Waterways) by AFN and it has been revised 3 times. Since then I have now had 4 more books published: 2005 Beach and Rock Fishing Australia. 2010 Fishing guide to South of Sydney. 2011 How to catch Australia’s Favourite Saltwater Fish. 2013 Land based Fishing GUIDE FOR Sydney Harbour. I have also produced along with Scotty Lyons 2 dvd’s; A Day on the Bay and Port Hacking – The Jewel of the South. Over the past 11 years I have successfully competed in a number of bream tournaments. Ranging from ABT, BETS and the Southern Bream Series. I am currently sponsored by the following companies: Pure Fishing/Pflueger/Shakespeare now for 22 years as one of their Pro Anglers. Australian Fishing Network (AFN) Tackle Tactics. Strike pro.

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