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#11945698 - 11/21/16 09:48 PM Minnow cast net
ArgyleFloater Offline
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 250
Loc: Argyle Texas
Anyone use a cast need to trap minnows? If so, what's it like(difficulty)?

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#11945769 - 11/21/16 10:46 PM Re: Minnow cast net [Re: ArgyleFloater]
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Registered: 12/20/10
Posts: 3274
Loc: mckinney, tx
Get you a good 1/4" mesh cash net, go to a local creek and throw it in the shallow rapids and runs. Much easier in summer and spring when the bait is spawning though. Usually pretty easy to cast have bait then, it gets harder in winter because the bait goes deep.
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#11946373 - 11/22/16 10:48 AM Re: Minnow cast net [Re: ArgyleFloater]
speedboat Offline
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Registered: 06/09/04
Posts: 5
Loc: Austin
Totally agree with Mckinney - make sure you get the 1/4" mesh, most minnows will swim right through 3/8" mesh

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#11946922 - 11/22/16 05:10 PM Re: Minnow cast net [Re: ArgyleFloater]
POP N CORK Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 112
Loc: Bertram Texas
I use a cast net for spot tail minnows. You really need to get a 3/16 inch mesh net. I have a 1/4 and 3/16. The 1/4 inch they get stuck in there gills pretty bad.
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#11948913 - 11/23/16 09:21 PM Re: Minnow cast net [Re: ArgyleFloater]
Steve_C Offline
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Registered: 07/17/13
Posts: 155
Get a 3/16 cast net, they are the best, you can sometimes catch the ghost minnow with it. They are pretty expensive but I ordered mine thru Colgard Outdoor online, they are the cheapest.

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#11949043 - 11/23/16 10:56 PM Re: Minnow cast net [Re: ArgyleFloater]
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Registered: 12/20/10
Posts: 3274
Loc: mckinney, tx
I've had both. 3/16 falls pretty slow in the water. Your call. I have no problem with the 1/4
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#11966206 - 12/04/16 07:17 PM Re: Minnow cast net [Re: ArgyleFloater]
Thunk Offline
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Registered: 11/12/14
Posts: 163
Loc: Granbury, Tx.
I would use the 3/16th as most of any minnow catching is sight casting anyway and is shallow. Have a quality pair of sunglasses to see the schools of minnows and cast ahead of them when they get moving so that you have 3/4's of the net in front of their 'anticipated' line of flight. I've caught plenty of minnows in the shallows but honestly I've set minnow traps and done just as well or better with less money involved.

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#11966787 - 12/05/16 07:44 AM Re: Minnow cast net [Re: Thunk]
Captain Yakker Offline
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Registered: 05/22/04
Posts: 74
Loc: The Colony, TX
Originally Posted By: Thunk
I've set minnow traps and done just as well or better with less money involved.


I bought a minnow trap not too long ago. Haven't had a chance to use it yet. What do you like to use for bait? I saw a YT vid where the guy suggested a can of tuna with holes poked in the lid to contain the actual tuna while releasing the scent.
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#11967586 - 12/05/16 01:48 PM Re: Minnow cast net [Re: ArgyleFloater]
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Registered: 02/21/08
Posts: 14806
Loc: plano
You can use dry dog food. Just "borrow" some of your sig. others panty hose. Cut a foot off and tie it in a knot with the dog food inside.
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