Why Choose BLACK PEARL Cast
Lets face it, in the real world there really isn't a major difference between one premium cast net compared to other cast nets on the market today. However, as minor as these changes may be, you'll soon learn the improved features of Black Pearl Cast Nets and why they separate themselves from the competition of todays cast nets. In many casting nets, you'll see slight variations between the amount of lead on a net, the color of netting, netting softness and of course all of the different names that are on the side of the bucket. When you're new to the cast net world, choosing a net can be overwhelming, not to mention the learning curve on throwing it after you've just purchased it. Throwing cast nets can be very tricky on one hand but be a breeze on the other hand when held in your hand correctly. Throwing a cast net is simply 80% on how your load your net and only 20% throwing ability which is a good thing. We'll teach you exactly how to throw your net perfect every time but that's another paragraph that we'll have to get to later so hang tight!
Black Pearl Cast Nets separate themselves from other casting nets for a number of different reasons, such as opening LARGER, sinking FASTER and being STRONGER at the points that count most, thus being the reason that the Black Pearl name speaks for itself. We'll be discussing the main focus factors such as netting material, horn style, braille lines, hand line rope, double selvage, lead weight and netting panels.
Netting material - We have chosen the highest grade of limp monofilament netting available which is not standard by any means in the cast net industry today. In the market you'll see many different names of cast nets that simply use cheaply made monofilament which causes the netting to have a stiff coarse feel to it, therefore not opening to the nets' maximum potential when thrown. Also when having a coarse feel, this causes the net to have a bushy type appearance causing it to take up more space in your hand which in turn makes it harder to load and also harder to throw. Having a limp net is important, it allows you to load your net easier, it throws nicer, opens larger and is obviously more effective at catching more live bait when your net has a larger spread. Another important feature is at the end of the day, your cast net curls up nice into your bucket without it springing back out like a "jack in the Box" net. Black Pearl Cast Nets has gone beyond the norm to supply cast net fisherman with a very limp net that you'll be delighted to throw.
Horn - Having the right horn is important, we have decided to use a horn that is divided into 4 sections which also divides all of your braille lines into 4 sections. With your braille lines being divided, this helps almost eliminate your braille lines from becoming tangled. Having a horn that is divided also keeps live bait from escaping out through the opening of the horn which is an important feature especially when catching smaller live bait such as shrimp.
Braille lines - This is an important part of a casting net that many fishermen overlook but it to is also an important feature on all cast nets. Braille lines usually consist of 16-24 lines which attach to the lead line (bottom) of the net that are used to pull
the net inward to trap all of your live bait inside of your net. If your cast net does not have enough braille lines, your net will not close tightly, therefore not trapping as many live bait as you expected. Simple overlooked features such as these can be the difference in you catching
a dozen or a few dozen nice baits for your days fishing and this feature is critical when the live bait is hard to come by. On our cast nets, we use a much higher number of braille lines to insure a maximum closure of the net and this also causes a much better
bottom seal as the net is dragging against the bottom of the lake or ocean. Using excess braille lines also allows the net to become stronger when pulling in your net thus eliminating the need to go to a higher pound test braille line which is stiffer. Below is the
exact list of how many braille lines that we use compared to the industry standard.
Industry standard 6ft net- 16 Braille lines - Black Pearl 24
Industry standard 8ft net- 24 Braille lines - Black Pearl 32
Industry standard 10ft net- 28 Braille lines - Black Pearl 36
Hand line rope - Actually this part of the net doesn't really effect how much live bait that you catch but we have made our hand line 30 ft long which helps those fisherman throw their nets farther and also allows your net to sink at deeper depths. We have also used a 3/8" hollow braided style rope which makes it nice being that it floats when you're in shallower water.
Double selvage - This feature is also great for doubling the strength on the points of your net where it is needed the most, this being next to the bottom lead line and at the top where the horn is attached. We believe that this is extremely important for the longevity of a net, this only makes sense being that you'll be constantly dragging your net against the lake or ocean bottom when pulling it in. Not only have we made these areas a double selvage but we have made the double selvage areas much wider giving it more strength and more cast net protection. These double selvage areas can be easily seen on Black Pearl Cast Nets, the double selvage being used is in gold color.
Lead weight - In most situations, the amount of weight on a net will be the difference between catching a lot of live bait or just a few live baits for your days fishing. Just about all cheaper series nets will have anywhere from only 3/4 lb - 1 lb per ft of lead weight on a net. This means that if using 1 lb of weight per radius ft. of net, a 8ft radius net should have 8 lbs of lead on it. A 1.5 lb per ft net should have 12 lbs of lead on an 8ft radius net. Lighter weight nets are generally used for shallow water applications where the extra weight is not needed nor preferred being that the heavier weight only brings up extra mud and grass. When trying to catch your larger live bait around deeper water such as bridges, navigational markers, deeper grass flats and even in deeper open water, having a heavier net will be a "must have." Not only is heavier weight essential for deeper water applications, we have added an additional feature which is explained below on our Black Pearl Cast Nets which helps the net perform even better. A typical piece of lead on a standard cast net will weigh approx. 1 1/2 ounces and is separated from one lead to the next by being approx. 5"- 6" apart. On BLACK PEARL Cast Nets you'll notice that all of our lead is in a round marble type shape and is measured at only 2" apart on our heavier series nets. By having this exclusive feature, we are able to have a more uniform net that throws nicer and has a much better bottom seal. Having a tight cast net seal, makes it much more difficult for bait to escape under the net when the net is lying on the bottom against grass, sand etc. This is a very important feature that is also overlooked by many fishermen and should also be one your major focus points especially when catching baits that are bottom dwellers such as pinfish, shrimp etc.
Lead line - Our lead line is made by using a durable yet flexible 3/16" rope that is tied to the cast netting material at every mesh. As you'll notice the lead line has a secondary gold colored twine which runs above the main lead line. This strong strand of gold twine is interwoven though the netting material giving the appearance of 2 lead lines. This is an important feature which gives the lead line strength and helps eliminate high stress points.
Swivel - Our cast nets have a large 11/0 crane swivel for strength and by using the larger swivel, this helps eliminate hand line or braille line twists as your cast net is being pulled in.
Netting panels - Panels on a net will be the difference in your net sinking quickly versus slow and be the difference between your net opening fully versus not opening well at all. Different factors play a part on how well that a net performs, mostly it involves the quality and softness of the material and then the measurements on how well that they were sewn together. On your typical cheap cast net, a net is one big piece that has one seam, therefore will not come close to opening to its fullest potential. This causes what is widely know as the net having a cone shape in the middle of the net, this can be easily viewed when you spread out a net fully on the ground. You'll notice that in the very center is part of the net that will not continue to open which restricts the net from opening to its fullest potential. A net that has a 6ft radius should open and measure 12ft across in diameter, most cheap nets will only measure approx. 10 ft across because of the coned shaped appearance in the middle of the net. Your premium style nets today are mostly constructed with a 6 panel design which helps eliminate this problem by having 6 pie shaped panels that are cut evenly to make a perfect cast net circle that causes a net to open to its fullest measurement potential. However, being that this is a method to ensure a well performing net, many name brand nets do not "measure up" to the net opening to its fullest potential. Just because a net has 6 panels, doesn't mean that the net will open to its correct maximum measurement. Several companies cheat by using smaller panels which in turn has the same result as a one piece net by having a cone shape appearance when viewed on the ground. With this in mind, Black Pearl Cast Nets consists of a 6 panel design but have also made each netting panel much larger than the standard 6 panel net which in return makes up a net that is considered to be what we call a "relaxed fitting" net. This net will outperform others as it is thrown by having a larger relaxed spread and also by having a this style of cutting edge performance as the net sinks, keeping the net spread open to its fullest potential.
We hope that the above information has given you a little more education on
the different styles and features of cast nets and why Black Pearl Cast Nets has the advantage and quality in a net that you can count
on year after year!