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Old 28 August 2017, 00:05   #1
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Using cast net on a 14ft RIB

We have lots of anchovies here and I catch them for bait using sabiki hooks. However, they die quickly probably due to the trauma of being hooked. I am thinking of using a cast net instead. I've never used one before. Would I have enough space on my boat to throw the net?

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Old 28 August 2017, 03:44   #2
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We catch live sand eels for bass bait by paying out the net from the boat and taking it in from the beach, I then transfer them to a old washing machine tub and tow them behind as they soon die otherwise, my boat is of a similar size but the net isn't in for long but there is room as long as it's just me on board

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Old 28 August 2017, 04:47   #3
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I have a 4 foot and an 8 foot cast net and can throw either just fine off my SR4.
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Old 29 August 2017, 03:07   #4
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I catch joeys & launce with sabikis & don't have a mortality problem.
How are you keeping the anchovies in the boat?
If the water isn't changed frequently - ideally continuously - then they won't last long at all.
Either something to keep them in hanging over the side of the boat in the water or a small pump pumping water into the container on the boat & a drain to let the excess back over the side.
I've never used an air pump to aerate livebait so don't know how good/bad they might be.
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