I have a 12' bett's professional series cast net that is in bad shape. I got two years use out of it before it began falling apart. Is it worthwhile to have new netting put in them vs. buying a new net? If so, where can I drop that thing off in the Gulf Shores area? I am extremely displeased in the net. I have mostly thrown it in 40'+ depths for large shad; it worked great until it started coming apart for no good reason. I did make one small tear in it, but promptly repaired it.
Net repair isn't brain surgery. Get a piece of plywood and make net grids on it. Lay the net over the grids to see where the meshes are missing.
Buy the Ted Dahlem book which covers net making as well as repair and study the diagrams. It will come with practice.
Look at thees new Seamaster nets from Brunson. I have been waiting for them to arrive since November and they finally arrived. I promptly went over and purchased the first net that I've bought in over 40 years. I threw it and really looked it over.
It's the only castnet that I'll recommend and I've been doing this thing for going on to 60 years. Thery're made for net builders who know a quality product.
I'm not affiliated with Brunson Net and Supply in any manner. I just want people to be aware of quality.
5/14/2006 2:32:00 PM
capt_dalton (18.104.22.168) from AL says Hhhm, same thing here
I gave my advice for a friend to buy a 12' Bett's. It is falling apart. Not from use, but, literally falling apart. You can easily pull it into piece with your hands. I can only guess that some bleach or detergents came into contact with it and caused the breakdown. At any rate, I feel bad about recommending a $150 net that is now useless after three years.
C2, any idea on a price range for a ten or twelve foot braille net suitable for pogies?
You would be wise to go look at those nets. They will let you take one out in the yard and throw it before buying it. So far, everyone that has thrown one bought it.
I can't comment on Brunson's net prices but they're in their online catalog brunsonnets.com
I know that you will be pleased at the quality and price. C2
6/1/2006 11:27:00 AM
Molly (22.214.171.124) from FL says spanish mullet net
I purchased this net some years ago. It was handmade from a man in Monticello, Florida...After some years of storage it has some holes but the rest of the net is in great shape....I live in the Jacksonville, Fla. area and would surely like to know someone who could repair it...Thanks.