Throwing Instructions

(Instructions and pictures shown are for right-handed throwers. Reverse for left-handed)

We recommend that you first view our movie of this process on our homepage. The movie will help you visualize the process as you read through these instructions.

Foremost, begin by finding a smooth grassy area free of sticks and rocks, or better yet, an obstacle free shallow beach or pier. DO NOT practice throwing your PCNT and net on hard surfaces such as driveways, parking lots, or hard bare ground. The impact on such surfaces will damage the lead weights and your net, and it could damage the PCNT smoothness and result in an inferior Performance.

We also suggest that you spray your net with a hose or soak it in a tub for AT LEAST thirty minutes prior to using it. Water will soften the netting and make the net throw better. Applying a silicone lubricant (WD40®) or Vaseline® to the braille lines will also make the prepping operation much easier. If you are not throwing into water, dip the entire net, or spray it with a hose frequently while you are practicing. Please note that new nets will require a few fishing trips before they “loosen up” and start spreading completely.

After removing your net from its storage bag and before your first throw of the day, the net/PCNT might appear to be tangled. Use the following steps prior to your first throw:

  • Pull the rope and upper portion of the net from the bag.
  • Pull the PCNT and weights from the bag.
  • Store the bag so that it doesn’t blow away.
  • Grasp the net by the center horn and raise it up over your head. Using the opposite hand, loosely grasp the net beneath your raised hand and milk the net down to a point about waist high, then firmly grasp the net firmly with this lower hand.
  • Raise the net until the weights are about thigh high. (Note: The PCNT will probably be positioned vertically)
  • Using the free hand, grasp the lead weights at any point and throw it rapidly outward and to the side to untangle any weights from within the PCNT. Continue to work your way around the weighted line throwing sections of weighted line outwards until the PCNT is positioned completely above all the weights, and no weights are looped through or within the PCNT.
  • We also suggest that you now grasp the PCNT through the net and GENTLY rotate it horizontally with the name facing upwards and center ring ribs facing downwards.
  • Allow the PCNT to slide down until it touches the lead line.
  • Shake the PCNT, in this horizontal position, and push the PCNT in the direction of the largest clump of the weights until the weights have distributed themselves evenly around the circumference of the PCNT.
  • Place everything on the ground and begin the following prep and clear operation.

NOTE: Some fishermen also use this quick method for prepping the net while wading in deeper water, or with larger nets that exceed their reach.

PREPARING AND CLEARING THE NET

Begin by placing the loop of the rope on your right wrist and wind small shoulder-width loops of the rope into your right hand (thumb up) until you reach the swivel.

Grasp the plastic center horn of the net with your left hand and raise it up and place the top of the net into your right hand (thumb up). At this point, the entire coiled rope, the swivel, and the top of the net should be in your right hand. If the net is taller than you can reach, step back away from the lead weights until the net is semi-taught.

Take your left hand, and loosely grasp the net (thumb up) immediately below your right hand, then slide (milk) your left hand down the net until you reach a point about waist high. Now FIRMLY grasp the net with this lower left hand and lift the entire net and weights up off of the ground and BOUNCE IT up and down until the PCNT disc centers and hangs directly under your left fist. (NOTE: The PCNT might be vertical at this time. It will be corrected in a few moments)

While maintaining a grasp of the rope and swivel with your right-hand release and drop the horn and the top of the net and let it slide down the braille lines.

Apply tension on the braille lines with your right hand and loosen your grasp of the net with your left hand. (Allow the braille lines to slide freely inside your left fist). Lift the net about five inches off of the ground with your left hand. Then pull the braille lines and swivel upward and to the side with your right hand until the weights bunch together in the center of the PCNT.

With the weights still hanging in the center of the PCNT disc, release the tension on the braille lines with your right hand, and allow the lines to drop downwards through your left fist. Immediately and sharply (with a loose grasp of the net) JERK your left hand upwards a few inches. This action will cause the lead weights to swing outwards from the center position of the PCNT and swing outward and beyond the outer rim of the PCNT. When the weights reach their largest outwards diameter, immediately drop your left hand and allow the PCNT and lead weights to drop to the ground.

Examine the full circumference of the net. The weights should not be tangled or bunched. If you see a tangle in the lead line, repeat the steps on this page a second or third time. If the tangle still exists, merely bend over, grasp the lead line on either side of the tangle (usually done with the thumb and forefinger of the right hand while still holding the rope and braille lines), and flip the lead line outward from the center of the disc. Repeat the above steps until you are satisfied that all the tangles have been corrected.

Note: If the PCNT does not lie flat at this point, give it a slight nudge with your foot, or gently bounce the weights up and down on the ground until the PCNT lies horizontally. In very high winds, it might be necessary to reach under the net with your right hand and grasp the PCNT and position it horizontal

When complete, none of the weights or rope should be over the rim or inside the PCNT. If some of the weights have been pulled up and over the outer rim of the PCNT, you might have to bend over and untangle them by grasping the lead line and flipping it outward from the center of the PCNT.

The lead line should now look like a wavy circle larger than the size of the PCNT.

Now gently pull on the braille lines with your right hand. This will cause the PCNT to rise off of the ground.

While keeping tension on the braille lines with your right hand, raise your left hand slowly and BOUNCE the weights towards the center and shake the net with your left hand while gently reducing the tension on the braille lines. Continue this process until the lead line comes to within 1–2 inches of the outer edge of the PCNT.

This prepping action will very quickly become second nature to you, and it achieves three VERY important purposes:

  • It verifies that there are no tangles to ruin your next throw.
  • It shakes out your bait and debris from your previous throw.
  • It preps your net for another perfect throw.

THE THROW (STEP 1)

(Instructions and photos are for a right-handed throw. Reverse for left-handed)

Allow the weights and PCNT to lie relaxed on the ground from the previous step.

With your right hand still firmly grasping the rope and swivel, grasp the plastic horn with your left hand and raise it to the top of the braille lines to the swivel, and then grasp the top of the net with your right hand.

Your right hand should now be holding the coiled rope, the swivel, and the top of the net (thumbs up).

Using your left hand, loosely grasp the top of the net, immediately below your right hand, (thumbs up) and milk the net down until you reach a point about waist high. LIFT and BOUNCE the weights a few times with your left hand to ensure that your left hand is positioned DIRECTLY over the center of the PCNT.

Making a loop in the top half of the net, move the right hand down and re-grasp the net again immediately below the left hand (thumbs up).

You should now be standing with everything in your right hand…. Rope, loops, swivel, top of the net, and one or more loops of the net (thumbs up). Your right hand will now be about waist high, and your right hand should be DIRECTLY OVER THE CENTER of the PCNT disc.

NOTE: If desired, you may now lower your right hand, and hold the PCNT for extended periods of time without tiring. The net will be limp, all of the weights will be resting on the ground, and your left hand can operate your boat or trolling motor while you search for bait. You can even lift the net, walk along a beach and set the weights down while searching for bait. When you locate your target, you can immediately proceed to the next step…..

THE THROW (STEP 2)

Using your left hand, loosely grasp the net immediately below your right hand (thumbs up), and while lifting the net with your right hand (don’t bend), milk your left hand down the net to a position about 15–18 inches above the PCNT. Don’t grasp too close to the PCNT or the weights will flip up over the top of the outer rim.

Squeeze the net tightly with your left hand to hold it in position, and then take your right hand, and make one more loop in the net, and re-grasp the net immediately below your left hand (thumbs up).

You should now be standing with the entire net in your right hand (thumb up); Rope, swivel, horn, one or more loops of net, and the PCNT. Your right hand should be about shoulder height, and the PCNT should be slightly below waist height.

Before you throw, you should make the following

Checks….

  • Right hand holding everything with your right thumb UP.
  • Rope, loops and netting loops NOT hanging below the PCNT outer rim.
  • The weights ALL hanging BELOW and OUTSIDE the outer ring (no weights flipped up over the top of the outer ring or inside the outer ring.) Note: If there are weights flipped over the top of the outer ring, reach under the net and flip them over to the outside.
  • All weights evenly distributed around the circumference of the PCNT. (If you jostle the PCNT while you are holding the net in this position, the weights might shift to one side. This can be easily remedied by repeatedly pushing and shaking the PCNT horizontally in the direction of most of the weights.) The weights will redistribute themselves equally around the perimeter of the PCNT.

Stand with your left side pointing at the target.

Your first throw should be very short. Aim at a spot only five to ten feet in front of you.

Raise the net up with your right hand so that the PCNT is directly in front of you and approximately waist level. (For instructional purposes, assume that the location of the PCNT closest to your belt buckle is at 6 o’clock, and the location farthest away is at 12 o’clock.)

With your left hand, grasp the net and the edge of the PCNT at the 9 o’clock position, and tuck your left elbow tightly to your left side. This will prevent the temptation to pull the PCNT forward like a Frisbee®.

Rotate your body and both hands slowly backward TOGETHER while keeping your eye on your target. The PCNT should remain reasonably flat, and YOUR LEFT AND RIGHT HAND SHOULD MOVE TOGETHER IN UNISON. YOUR RIGHT HAND SHOULD REMAIN DIRECTLY OVER THE CENTER OF THE PCNT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE THROW. (Although it may appear that the net is being flipped forward like a Frisbee®, please DO NOT PULL the PCNT forward with your bottom left hand.)

Gently swing BOTH hands TOGETHER and forward using a gentle, smooth, non-jerky, horizontal side arm forward swing. If done correctly, the lead weights will remain evenly distributed around the edge of the PCNT and will NOT “slosh” and bunch up on the trailing or leading edge. We also suggest that before you make the first throw, that you spin yourself in a 360-degree circle a few times while holding and observing the PCNT and weights to ensure that the weights are not sloshing or bunching up on one side.

NOTE: The forward power of the throw should be 100% with the right (top) hand. Your left hand should only be used to keep the PCNT centered under your right hand and to control the PCNT and lead line from swinging excessively outward. (A little outward swing is OK and is actually preferred)

Just prior to the release, the left hand should begin to rotate the PCNT COUNTERCLOCKWISE from the 9 o’clock position to the 6 o’clock position. Shorter throws will require more spin because there is less “air time” for the net to open. Longer throws will require less spin or none at all. Experience will dictate how much REVERSE (CCW) motion you should use with your left hand.

Release the net with both hands simultaneously. Once you have released the net, open your fingers on BOTH hands and release EVERYTHING. Do not try to “feather” out the rope.

If done correctly, your left elbow will stay close to your side and your left hand will finish under your right elbow.