Lay the net out flat. Put duct tape around the perimeter about 4" to 6" up from the weights. Outside then inside, between net and drawstrings to match. Add extra 15' or so of rope. It will stay open a lot longer, to catch shad really deep. Don't do this on your best net. The tape will not come off, without tearing the net up. Ask me how I know this! After winter is over, clean net really well, and store it until next winter's use.