How To Make Your Cast Net Last Longer (And 4 Mistakes That Will Ruin It)

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You invested in a nice cast net…

It wasn’t cheap, so you’re hoping to make it last as long as possible.

But how do you make sure your cast net lasts for years?

That’s exactly what you’re going to learn in this video.

I’ve had one of my cast nets for over 20 years now and by taking good care of it, it’s nearly as good as new.

You’ll learn:

  • the 4 mistakes to avoid with your cast net
  • where to store it so it lasts as long as possible
  • how to clean it after you use it
  • how to make sure the rope doesn’t get all frayed
  • and much more

If you want to make sure your cast net lasts a long time, check out the video below.

Cast Net Care [VIDEO]

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4 Mistakes To Avoid With Cast Nets

Here’s what you don’t want to do:

  1. Never store a cast net in the sun
  2. Never store a cast net in an area with lots of moisture
  3. Never store a used cast net with the lid on the bucket
  4. Never clean your cast net with soap

Now, let’s get into what you do want to do…

How To Take Care Of Your Cast Net

After you use your cast net, always wash it down with fresh water and dry it.

But if you’re not going to be using it for over a week, I recommend soaking it in fabric softener.

Put half to a whole cup of fabric softener in the bucket that you keep it in, fill it with water, and then put the net in mesh-side down.

By putting the weights in last, you can make sure that the net is totally submerged.

Let it sit for 12-24 hours, then hang it on a pole or tree outside to dry.

And here’s a tip for letting it dry: make sure to leave the weights touching the ground when you hang the net.

You don’t want it to stretch out as it’s drying.

Once it’s completely dry, put it back in the bucket, leave the top off (there’s likely still some moisture in there), and store it inside.

It’s best if you can store it in the house because the temperature won’t be as extreme as the garage, but if you have to store it in the garage that’s usually ok.

As far as keeping the rope in good shape, if you see ends that have frayed off, use a lighter to burn them off.

That will help ensure that the rope stays in good condition.

Do This Before You Use A New Cast Net

When you first take your cast net out of the bucket, it’s usable, but there will be a lot of kinks in it.

The kinks will hinder how well it works, so I would advise getting them out before using it.

To get the kinks out, all you need to do is soak it in fabric softener like I outlined above.

After 12-24 hours, your net will be kink-free and ready to go.

Conclusion

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So if you want your cast net to last 20 years like mine has, make sure to keep it dry, wash it with fabric softener, and store it in a cool room.

Do you have any other tips for making casts nets last a long time?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Mark Kenda
Mark Kenda
3 days ago

Does fabric softener have any bearing on the scent that attract or repel fish? i.e., Positive, Neutral, Negative Scent Video

Robert Olson
Robert Olson
19 days ago

What can you do to try and restore them if its been stored improperly and “ruined” Keep soaking it in warm water with fabric softener?

Regis Platek
Regis Platek
1 month ago

Is this for a nylon net or fabric? Or both? Thanks

Regis Platek
Regis Platek
1 month ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks. All I use is nylon, so great. This is very helpful.

Matthew Wilkey
Matthew Wilkey
2 months ago

Awesome video, i knew nothing of how to care for my cast net and was about to scrap an old one, but that fabric softener did the trick and put some life back into it. Thanks for the info.

James Roach
James Roach
2 months ago

Luke, enjoyed the video. Thanks. What I would like from you is how to properly store the net in the bucket…wind it, fold it, a combination of the two? Thanks.

Jeffrey Dudenhefer
Jeffrey Dudenhefer
2 months ago

Thanks Luke, I know you mentioned it, but can’t stress enough to wash the fabric softener off before drying it and using it on the boat. Nothing worse than a slippery deck when you pull up a net that still had fabric softener on it.

Jerome Ricardi
Jerome Ricardi
2 months ago

A cast net mini mastery course would be excellent. My net is definitely ornamental.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago

Get Jessica Jae to instruct how to throw the net!!!

Joseph Pack
Joseph Pack
2 months ago

Man I wish there was a saltstrong for car and house maintenance. You guys cover everything. Great video.

Rick
Rick
2 months ago

Ive always used hair conditioner. Whatever works????

Jerry Mason
Jerry Mason
2 months ago

Hey Luke – Anyone who has made videos knows that it is very difficult to make videos without making an error or violating some safety factors. Several times you mentioned detergent instead of fabric softener, which may confuse some viewers. Overall, it was a very informative video. Once again, I learned something new. Thanks so much for continuing to make these great videos.

Sam Sheffield
Sam Sheffield
2 months ago

Thanks for the tip Luke! I’ll get mine out of the hot bucket right now 🙂

Adam Bailey
Adam Bailey
2 months ago

Thanks Luke! You said you’d soak a used net with fabric softener again before storing it. How long would you soak a used net each time before storing it?

Trevor Yeomans
Trevor Yeomans
2 months ago

Awesome tips Luke! Thank you!
P.S. think I’ve broken every one of these tips! ????

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