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I'm currently using a Betts old salt that's a 6 footer with 1/4" mesh. It's become very obvious I need something that sinks faster to catch bait off the boat. This one works fine off the beach in shallow water but throwing in 3 ft or deeper everything just gets under it, forget about mullet with it unless I catch them very shallow.

Should I go with 3/8" mesh? Is 6ft big enough?

Any brands or local net builders?
 

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I have one, the same size you stated. I throw it so in-frequently, that when I brush up on it in my front yard prior coming to FL, my shoulder feels like a crack addict on a 24 hour porn hub binge. Btw, I can’t throw it worth a crap, watchEd a 100 you tube videos…1 out of 5 throws is decent. Mine is heavy with a lot of lead, she‘s a heavy girl for 6’.
 

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I'm currently using a Betts old salt that's a 6 footer with 1/4" mesh. It's become very obvious I need something that sinks faster to catch bait off the boat. This one works fine off the beach in shallow water but throwing in 3 ft or deeper everything just gets under it, forget about mullet with it unless I catch them very shallow.

Should I go with 3/8" mesh? Is 6ft big enough?

Any brands or local net builders?
Radius and mesh size all depend on what your trying to catch there is no do all cast net imo. What are you trying to catch?
 

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I have one, the same size you stated. I throw it so in-frequently, that when I brush up on it in my front yard prior coming to FL, my shoulder feels like a crack addict on a 24 hour porn hub binge. Btw, I can’t throw it worth a crap, watchEd a 100 you tube videos…1 out of 5 throws is decent. Mine is heavy with a lot of lead, she‘s a heavy girl for 6’.
Sounds like your over working your self if you pendulum the net off your back swing it wont work your shoulder as hard
 

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Radius and mesh size all depend on what your trying to catch there is no do all cast net imo. What are you trying to catch?
I'd like to still be able to catch 3" to 4" pinfish and LY but also get larger mullet. I was figuring 3/8" might be a good compromise, but I could use this 1/4" 6ft for shallow small bait and have a bigger mesh for off the boat.

Right now when I see bigger bait (6" +) this net just won't sink fast enough to get em
 

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I have one, the same size you stated. I throw it so in-frequently, that when I brush up on it in my front yard prior coming to FL, my shoulder feels like a crack addict on a 24 hour porn hub binge. Btw, I can’t throw it worth a crap, watchEd a 100 you tube videos…1 out of 5 throws is decent. Mine is heavy with a lot of lead, she‘s a heavy girl for 6’.
I use a method similar to this guy. Works everytime and I don't have to put a lead line in my teeth or throw a wet net over my shoulder. Sounds like you may be throwing it too hard.

 

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I'd like to still be able to catch 3" to 4" pinfish and LY but also get larger mullet. I was figuring 3/8" might be a good compromise, but I could use this 1/4" 6ft for shallow small bait and have a bigger mesh for off the boat.

Right now when I see bigger bait (6" +) this net just won't sink fast enough to get em
For pins and LY 3/8 will be fine I would step up to a 8 or a 10 foot if you can. But mullet ehh small ones ya. Big ones in clear water more than a few feet deep are good at out running a net just about need a 10 to 12 foot 3/4 or 1 inch mesh to get them consistently
 

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I throw for big 6-12” shad in freshwater and throw blind most days so net size matters for me.
I throw a 12’ 1” mesh that was made at Brunson nets in Foley. Had it built with a lead core line on bottom and it makes a huge difference on tangles. Net just opens itself when you throw. One of the best I’ve owned.

I throw off my shoulder, no lead line the mouth.
 

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For pins and LY 3/8 will be fine I would step up to a 8 or a 10 foot if you can. But mullet ehh small ones ya. Big ones in clear water more than a few feet deep are good at out running a net just about need a 10 to 12 foot 3/4 or 1 inch mesh to get them consistently
I think I could throw a 10 ft. Is there actually a big difference between a Betts and something like a Calusa? Is it worth the money for a weekend warrior? If I was going to spend money on something like a Calusa I'd probably rather just get a handmade net from a local guy honestly.
 

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I think I could throw a 10 ft. Is there actually a big difference between a Betts and something like a Calusa? Is it worth the money for a weekend warrior? If I was going to spend money on something like a Calusa I'd probably rather just get a handmade net from a local guy honestly.
Don’t know never threw one. But 1 trick to get one to work better especially if you find a used one is soak it in hot water and fabric softener for about a hour it will slick and limp it up.
 

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I throw for big 6-12” shad in freshwater and throw blind most days so net size matters for me.
I throw a 12’ 1” mesh that was made at Brunson nets in Foley. Had it built with a lead core line on bottom and it makes a huge difference on tangles. Net just opens itself when you throw. One of the best I’ve owned.

I throw off my shoulder, no lead line the mouth.

I knew you would like that leadcore. I made a 5/8 10' leadcore a little while ago, never tangles.
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I use a 10' 3/8" mesh bait net with 10 pounds of lead...a Fitec...for bait. It will hold big mullet in shallow water.

For mullet, I use either my 10' ( 8.5 pounds)or 11' (9.25 pounds) 11/4" webbing nets or my 10' (7.5 pounds)11/8" webbing chain net.
 
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Yes Sir.
That was some great advice you gave me. That net just about throws itself
Steve actually sews a net correctly WITH the right amount of panels. So the longer it is in the air the bigger it gets. Steve is the most knowledgeable guy when it comes to custom nets, when ever I have a build question I go to him.
 

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I throw a 12’ 3/8 brail net for LY’s and anything small, and a 12’ 1” brail net for large menhaden and mullet. I do keep a 6’ bait net for super shallow, like finger mullet and bull minnows.
 
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