Cast Netting
...with Greg Lacey  
Davo's Bait and Tackle

Cast netting is something you'll see quite a lot of in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, live bait being one of the best options to hook some of the larger and generally much fussier species.

Although it may take a little practice, if you follow these step by step instructions you'll soon be blending with the experts.

To start with, make sure the net is free of tangles and debris then lay it on the ground in a horizontal line away from you.

Make a loop in the draw string of the net and place it around the wrist of your throwing arm.

Commence measuring off roughly metre long loops of draw string and lay them into the palm of your hand until you get to the top of the net.

Next, measure off one loop of net (for a 6-7ft net) and lay that too in the palm of your hand.

For a net 8ft or over you'll need to make two loops of the net.

The bottom of the net should now be lying on the ground at a slight angle away from you.

At this point (bottom left) the palm of your hand should be holding the loops approximately level with your knee to lower thigh region. Now with your left hand, grab the bottom of the net, or leadline, and place it into the palm of your right hand (which is still holding the loops). The net is now divided equally in two, either side of your right wrist.

With your left hand (above right) reach over to your right hand side (with the back of your hand facing away from you) and grab the right hand side lead line. Place the lead line in the cradle between your thumb and forefinger and walk your fingers along the 'inside' of the net and gather about ten handfuls of net.

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