NANFA-- cast net

bockj (
Thu, 20 Jan 2000 12:18:05 -0500

Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 08:17:08 CST
From: "Dave Neely" <>
Subject: Re: NANFA-- The Great Bluehead Hunt


The only bad thing about a deep water cast net is that you might close the
drawstring on a stump or something and never see your cast net again.

I wish, though, that finer mesh cast nets were available. I have a hunch
that a lot of Chesapeake Bay creatures have escaped my cast net.


>A possible suggestion : do you think it would be possible to collect
>Bluehead Shiners in greater quantity if you could pursuade them >to enter
>minnow trap deployed at their level. It might be worth >while to find some

>kind of bait that would be really enticing to >them...Or perhaps an
>umbrella seine?

Good to see you back online! Collecting deep water in swamps is difficult.
One thing I've been thinking about is making a fine-mesh cast net,
with about 1/16" inch mesh, about 8ft in diameter, and with sufficient
weight to counteract the extra drag of the finer mesh. Has anyone used such

a contraption? I think it would be particularly effective for sampling
things like Pteronotropis hubbsi/welaka, Notropis maculatus, Notropis
harperi... and might be the best way to survey for Notropis melanostomus
populations in Alabama (the real reason for the extra-small mesh).


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