Cast netting for live or fresh bait is a way of life for anglers in North Queensland.
I am a regular in the mangrove gutter run-offs looking for prawns or mullet, but sometimes I get a bit excited and the first cast, which is the most important one, doesn't open properly, and I only boat a few instead of covering the bottom of the bait bucket.
The bait scatters, of course, so it's a great one-cast opportunity lost.
However, I have a new net which opens in spite of myself!
It's called the E Z Throw Cast Net which has been recently introduced to Australia. Mackay based Castnets Australia Pty Ltd supply the US made nets which feature a ring below the cord which opens the net, even for the less experienced cast netter. They take little practice and spread very well, provided the directions which come with the net are followed.
I have acquired a 10' (3.5m) spread net, but should have purchased a 9' (2.7m) spread as I have duck's disease (bottom too close to the ground) and my arm tires quickly as I have to hold it high to keep the lead line off the ground. Still, I caught a supply of mullet with my first throw of the drawstring net, which opened easily.
I like it because it's easy to throw a good distance, as far as the handline is long, which is 26' (7.9m). I can see why it has been a popular seller at recent boat shows around Queensland.
Written by Harry Bligh - Sunday Mail
Fish and Boat Tackle Rat T, Rat
Rat's Revelations: E Z Throw Cast Nets
Margaret & Ryan Donald of Mackay have stumbled upon a cast net design that is taking the uncoordinated by storm. This net is easier to throw than a cricket game in Pakistan and takes a lot less energy.
Margaret was recounting a story to me the other night that really sums up just how easy these things are to throw. "We recently had a telephone call from a gentleman in Airlie Beach who said he had one arm and asked would he be able to throw our net" she recounted. "He mentioned he could throw the conventional net but at times would almost end up in the water with it." He called in to see the net and when he came from his car, he not only had one arm, but also only one leg and was in a wheelchair.
"After a few casts, he was very impressed with the E Z Throw design and could handle it comfortably. We were so inspired by this gentleman that we gave him a net" Margaret revealed.
The key to the E Z Throw design is a 10" aluminium ring at the top of the clear monofilament net. The circular shape naturally creates a centrifugal force needed to open the cast net every time. The cast net ring also provides a convenient handle from which to throw your cast net long distances with ease.
According to Bruce Nash of Nashy's Compleat Angler in Mackay they are selling like hot cakes and stocks are moving fast!
Written by Lee Brake for NQ Fish & Boat