Wait till you hit a big school of shad and pull that thing in, lookin like the shrimpin net on forrest gump after the storm, lol. It can be fun sometimes, but most of the time its just a lot of work...
Yeah I hear that! I just got a cast net myself and after throwing it a few times last night boy that ole shoulder started to tire.. I have a 4ft Old Salt that says about 1lb per sq ft I believe. It got heavy quick. All I caught was a leaf, but got a couple pretty decent tosses in. Still getting the hang of it.
i have a real nice custom made 6' net that i got in florida. man back in the day i caught my share of bait. my neck and shoulders are so bad anymore i have trouble casting it. the lady i bought it from even taught me to cast it. but it seems harder each year to remember how to do it right. i think i just cant throw it as hard as i use to. if i dont get bait the first few casts im done. i do have alittle 4 ft net i still like to use, but you have to get the bait in shallow water or they get out before the net sinks.
one good way i,ve found to get shad is go up in the bays and get in shallow water at night, and shine a bright spotlite around the boat. they will run right up on the bank. so you can usely get all you want in one shallow cast. its a good feeling to start pulling in your net and see all that bait splashing around in your net. good luck, have fun, and be safe.
It sucks when you get baby channel cats caught in your cast net...hard to get out due to their barbs. The barb on the anal fin of a carp can sometimes be a pain too..remember to treat all your fish that you dont mean to catch with respect..and good luck.
I fish the Ohio occasionally an use a cast net for bait these days. I have been down there with bait purchased up here and bait caught from the river. When using the bait from the store they will catch fish although when using the river caught bait the strikes are much more aggressive. If you haven't ever tossed a net out and caught your own you should definitively give it a whirl.....
Be careful for what you wish for!