to Throw a Cast Net
straightened and lying between your feet, fasten the tag end of
the retrieved rope to the right wrist. Then coil the rope in
small coils and hold them in your right hand. Place the throat
of the net on top of the rope coils in your right hand. Then
slide your left hand about a third of the way down the net.
Coil the length
of the net you just measured and place it in your right hand.
Now slide your left hand down the net to crotch level. Make a
coil of this second length of net and also place it in your
right hand. You should now have two roughly equal coils of net
in your right hand and about two-and-a-half feet of net left
Kneel on your
right knee and place your left foot forward. Pull one loop of
the lead line from the rear of your bundle and lay that loop
across your right elbow as far as it will go without pulling in
your right hand.
Starting at your
right elbow, go clockwise around the lead line for approximately
four feet. Now lay that lead line over your left thigh. Continue
in a clockwise manner and lay the net across your left thigh
until you have approximately half of the remaining net and lead
line draped across your left thigh. You should now be supporting
half of the lead sinkers with your left leg and the other half
with your right hand.
With the net
divided into roughly halves, put the pinkie finger of your left
hand through the net mesh of the first lead line that you laid
over your left thigh. The proper location is through the bottom
mesh (next to the lead line) right on top of your left thigh.
This is the way
your left hand grips the net. The pinkie finger is through the
mesh at the lead line and the third finger lays by the pinkie as
a sort of guard. The mesh of the net is held between the thumb
and first two fingers and rests against the top of the third and
This is what the
net looks like when you are holding it properly and are prepared
to throw it. The small loops of the line and two loops of the
net are held in the right hand. The retrieval line is tied
around the right wrist. One loop of lead line lies across the
wrist. One loop of lead line lies across the right elbow.
Approximately half of the lead line is supported by the right
hand and is hanging about two and a half feet below the right
hand. The balance of the net and lead line is held in the left
hand and in the grip described in Illustration 6. The lead line
is hanging about a foot to a foot and a half down from the left
hand. Note that there is no call for lead line held in the mouth
or for draping wet net across your shoulder.
The windup is the
first part of the throw. Ideally the left foot is forward and
pointed about 45 degrees to the right of where you intend to
throw. The right foot is behind the left at just over the
shoulder width distance, and is roughly parallel. Rotate your
arms back to the right and shift your weight to your right foot.
As you spin back forward your weight will shift back to your
left foot. The throw is more of a slinging motion in which both
arms naturally extend to aim the net. The release is just to let
go with your hands. The net will naturally peel off your right
elbow and off your left pinkie finger. Experience and practice
will help perfect your aim.
With a little
practice you can have results like this, also. This is a truly
easy method of throwing the big cast nets. It is an easy method
that uses gravity and centrifugal force to open the net. A
caution is that this method does not work on smaller nets. It
overpowers the smaller nets due to their lack of weight. An
excellent way to practice, without getting wet, is to throw the
net in your back yard. Grass is an excellent cushion and allows
you to see how the net opened. You can practice from ground
level or you can use a pickup tailgate to give you some
elevation. An old tire makes an excellent target for improving
your aim. Remember, practice makes perfect.