Cast Net Care 101
1. Upon the arrival
of your new cast net, inspect your cast net in detail for any possible
defects such as small holes etc.
2. Soak your net for 12-24 hrs.
in a 3-5 gallon bucket using 1 cup liquid fabric softer such as
the blue Downy. You'll want to put the net upside down with your
horn going in first then the weights of your net on top of your
entire net, this will keep your netting material submerged for better
soaking. This method softens the cast net material and eliminates
any stiffness that may occur during shipment and tight packing.
3. Rinse your cast nets with
fresh water and hang until your entire net is completely dry, do
not use any soap, detergents or chemicals to clean your cast nets.
4. For your drying period, drape
your net over something or hang it up slightly but "do not" hang
the net up completely so that the weights leave the ground. This
stretches the net too much by making the knots on the net too tight
and also puts too much pressure on the stress points of your net.
5. Never store your net wet,
when moisture and fish slime mix together for any length of time,
ammonia settles in and you'll be amazed at how quickly your cast
net will disintegrate if you store your bucket unrinsed and wet.
Storing your cast nets in a cool, dry environment is best and eliminate
long exposure time to the sun, the sun will dry out your net and
make it brittle over time.
6. Avoid throwing your net over
rocks, tree limbs etc. this will cause tears and limit the life
of your casting net.
7. After several uses of your
cast net, it is best to repeat the fabric softener soaking period
to maintain a soft and limp net, this is also great for your net
by keeping it from dry rotting similar to that of an old tire. Keeping
it dry in a cool place and soaking it every few months will help
preserve your net for many years of use.