Q: I’ve seen advertisements for a net that has some sort of ring on it.
Is it the same as your Perfect Circle Net Thrower? Does it work?
A: (Laugh Out Loud)…… Save your money! This “training wheel” can only be used on small (3-5 foot) nets, and even the company that sells them won’t guarantee its effectiveness. Here is an exact quote from the throwing instructions from their web site (I added the capitals), “The net SHOULD hit the water in a CIRCULAR FORM”. In other words, it “might” look like a long oval, a pear, or a taco. Another thing to consider is that in time their device will even tear your net.
Q: Can I attach the PCNT to a 4 foot net that I currently own?
A: Technically yes, but pleeeeeeeease DON’T!!!!! When you spin the PCNT during a throw, it spins your net so rapidly, that the weights literally EXPLODE outward. With the smaller nets (3 – 5 foot), the net reaches its full diameter almost instantly, and then, (like a bungee cord), springs back to a smaller diameter circle before it hits the water. If you have young children, however, a PCNT attached to a 4 or 5 foot net will provide them with hours of entertainment catching and examining the critters that they can catch at the beach. They can also help you catch your bait.
Q: I have an older 6 foot net that I’ve used (unsuccessfully) for several years. Can I attach a PCNT to this net and get better throws?
A: Absolutely YES, but first check it for wear…… see question below.
Q: Can I use a PCNT on an old worn net that I own?
A: The PCNT is best used on a NEW net. We recommend using a NEW net because we want our customers to get the FULL service life out of both your net and your PCNT. Check out your old net and ask these questions:
- Does the net have tears and rips?
- Is the lead line loose and separated from the net?
- When you hang the net up by the swivel or rope, are the bottom ends of the brail lines uneven in height from trying to dislodge it from an underwater obstruction?
- Does your net have any missing or broken brail lines?
- Has your net spent hours or days out in the sun and does it have sun scalded netting?
If one or more of these questions is YES, then you need to buy a new net. Put your current net in a garage sale.
Q: What size net do you recommend?
A: First of all, check our links page and determine what is legal in you state. Even if you are altitude challenged (PC for “short” ;-) ), I would recommend nothing smaller than 6 foot. The only exception would be if you plan on doing most of your throwing sitting from a small boat, kayak, or from a wheelchair. In these cases, a 5 or 5 ½ foot net might be more appropriate. A 6 or 7 foot net has the most flexibility. It is light enough to be able to throw long distances towards elusive moving schools of bait fish, plus it has a great coverage to capture your bait quicker for your shorter throws. If you do most of your throwing from medium to shorter distances or in wide open spaces, then a 7 or 8 foot net might be more appropriate.
Q: Can I attach the PCNT to a 10 or 12 foot net?
A: Yes and No! I know that this doesn’t sound like a good answer, but let me explain… The PCNT will attach to ANY cast net with brail lines. Its ease of use allows it to be thrown with only one hand, (the other hand is used to spin the net). The large 10+ foot nets are usually “back breakers” that require two hands to lift and throw (USUALLY UNSUCCESSFULLY). They also require a significant amount of time to untangle and remove bait, which means that all of the live bait that you’ve worked so hard for is now dead.
You will achieve more total water coverage, more accurate throws, and livelier bait from a 7 - 8 foot net with a PCNT than you will with a 12 foot net thrown with conventional methods.
Q: Do you recommend any particular net manufacturers?
A: NO ! ProKast is NOT in the cast net business. “We don’t make cast nets. We make cast nets better.” That final net decision will have to be yours. The PCNT is retrofitable to any standard U.S. cast net with brail lines. We have added links to some of the cast net manufacturer in the U.S that we are currently aware of.
Before you purchase a new cast net however, please read some of the remaining questions. They might help you with your decision…..
Q: How much should I spend for a net?
A: Simply stated, the best that you can afford. Before the creation of the PCNT, many people (myself included) balked at paying a lot of money for a higher quality, more efficient, and more expensive nets because they (I) feared that they would not be able to throw it. Put your mind at ease. You WILL be able to throw your new net. The better the quality, the better the throw.
Another way of looking at the question is to ask yourself, “What is the price of bait at the bait stands, and what is my limited time worth on the weekends?” It is quite possible that a new quality net with a PCNT attached could pay for itself in less than two weekends.
Would you rather spend your time chasing bait or fishing?
Q: What type material should I look for in a cast net?
A: Monofilament line is less visible and sinks faster. This is an advantage when you are trying to quickly pin your target to the bottom. Unfortunately it also is hard and “springy” when it is dry. It is VERY important to soak monofilament nets for at least an hour before using them. This allows them to absorb moisture and become soft and flexible. The PCNT comes with a convenient water proof storage bag. (Many of our customers merely use a garden hose to spray the net inside the bag.)
Nylon mesh on the other hand is more flexible but it is also more visible (to the fish) and sinks slower which allows more fish to escape. If you throw primarily in water knee deep or less, this might not be a concern. My suggestion is to get a monofilament type net and soak it at least one hour before you leave the dock.
Q: How much weight should my net have?
A: Steer away from most of the “entry level” cast nets that you find at the local department and wholesale stores. These nets typically have only ½ pounds of weight per foot. What this means is a six foot net will only have three pounds of weight. Buy a net that has AT LEAST one pound per foot, and preferably 1 ½ pounds per foot. The same six foot net would then have either six or nine pounds of weight. The heavier weights accomplish four things: The net expands LARGER, because there is more weight pulling it open. The net is less affected by the wind. The net sinks FASTER once it hits the water. And the net does a more effective job of TRAPING and pinning the bait to the bottom.
Q: Why is the PCNT blue?
A: We could have made the PCNT some flashy color for marketing purposes, however we made the PCNT sky blue on purpose. Most bait fish in shallow water are very nervous about predators such as seagulls attacking them from above. From a fish’s view, the light blue disc will blend into the sky and help disguise your toss and allow you to achieve a much higher capture ratio.