BLACK PEARL Cast Net Glossary
The horn is the very top of the net which is typically a round plastic piece where all the netting angles together and is tied. The braille lines of your casting net will also run directly through the center of horn, some being completely open and some having dividers. Our cast net horn is a one piece horn which is divided into 4 sections. This enables the cast nets' braille lines to divide into 4 sections making it less likely for tangling.
Hand line/Throw line:
The hand line of your cast net usually ranges between 20-30ft and is used to hold on to after throwing your net. After your cast net sinks over top of the live bait that you're after, you'll then use this hand line to retrieve your casting net. Our cast net hand line is made with a 3/8" hollow braided, floating hand line which is large enough to pull your net in easily but still small enough to eliminate drag as your cast net sinks fast. We use a hollow braided "floating" hand line to make it handy while wading in shallower water, the hand line will float making it easier to find your net if your hand line comes off of your hand. All of our cast nets have a long 30ft hand line which enables your net to sink farther in deeper water cast net applications.
The hand loop is the beginning of the hand line, this part of the hand line will go around your wrist to avoid losing your net when throwing your cast net. Our hand loop was designed for safety so under pulling conditions, the rope will never tighten more against your wrist as more pressure is being applied. Some companies have a noose style effect which tightens with pressure, this can be very dangerous if you fall in the water with your cast net hand loop attached.
Braille Lines: Braille
lines are strong monofilament lines that pull the net closed upon
retrieval, the more braille lines, the better a cast net closes
when bait is trapped. Braille lines attach to the lead line and
are separated every few feet from each other which then angle upward
and attach at the top swivel. Braille lines range from 16-24 lines
on a typical 8ft cast net, all of our nets have excess braille lines
to help ensure a better bottom seal as the net is being pulled in
against the ocean or lake bottom. Live bait can escape much easier
if a small number of braille lines are used, we use an impressive
count of 32 braille lines on all of our 8ft nets which help secure
your live bait catches much easier.
The swivel on a cast net is simply used to merge both your hand line and braille lines together so they continue in one continuous length. The hand line attaches to one end of the swivel and the braille lines attach to the other end of the swivel. Our casting nets have large stainless crane swivels for strength and the larger swivel also helps eliminate hand line twists as your cast net is being pulled in.
Cast net selvage is the point where the net attaches to either the horn or the lead line, it can be either a single or double selvage. A double selvage means that the casting net has double the netting material at this particular location, usually ranging 1-2" wide for maximum strength. Many cast nets are made with single selvage but we have made our cast net series with the double selvage feature which increases strength at the cast nets' number one stress points, being at the horn and at the lead line.
Lead line is what you would consider the base of a net which consist of a rope that has a series of weights and netting attached. Our lead line is made by using a durable yet flexible 3/16" rope that is tied to the cast net netting at every mesh.
The lead weight on a net will determine how fast that a net sinks, more lead is needed on smaller mesh sizes being that more mesh causes a net to sink much slower. All of our cast net series are made to the true weight by their specifications, unlike many other competitors. ( Ex. Our 1.5 lb. per ft. nets will have 12 lbs. of true lead weight in addition to the weight of the actual netting material, rope etc. Our 8ft cast nets will have a total weight of approx.14 lbs.) Not only are BLACK PEARL Cast Nets weighted correctly, we have added the additional feature of using smaller marble shaped lead which makes the net more uniform by having twice the amount of lead pieces to a net. The space from one marble shaped lead to the next lead is only a few inches apart compared to many others at around 6" or 8" apart. This not only helps a better bottom seal for less bait escape but throws in a more uniform fashion and sinks faster.
Netting: The two
most common forms of netting is clear monofilament and white nylon.
Years ago, nylon was much more popular but as time passed, fishermen
began to realize how much more effective the monofilament cast nets
performed. Clear monofilament cast nets have 3 main advantages over
white nylon cast nets and is also why most serious fishermen are
now exclusive to mono series cast nets. 1). Monofilament cast nets
are lighter in weight being that they don't absorb water like nylon,
therefore making it much easier to throw after the net becomes wet.
2). Monofilament sinks faster being that it is usually a thinner
material and also has a slicker finish. 3). Monofilament is less
visible in the water versus a white color nylon that looks like
a big white sheet when sinking, therefore catching more bait. The
netting material used on all of our cast nets is made from the highest
grade of resin that formulates into a strong yet extremely limp
cast net. By using such a high end resin, we are able to manufacture
a cast net that will hold limp in your hand, cast much easier and
also spread out to the nets' maximum potential. We use a 6 panel
design which is the most common in most high quality cast nets.
Using 6 panels means that 6 pieces of netting are cut into pie shaped
pieces then tied together to make a perfect circle. However, if
not measured correctly the net will make a cone shape in the middle,
therefore loosing its maximum spread when thrown. We have gone beyond
the norm and made what we call a "relaxed fit" net that has larger,
wider panels that spread very easily and open to their maximum potential
the way that cast nets were intended. End result, opens larger,
catch more live bait!