How to Properly Repair a Fishing Net: Tips and Tricks

A rip or a hole in your netting can be caused by too many fish in the net or getting the net snagged on a rock. If you don't repair the net, you'll risk tossing the net out repeatedly without catching as many bait fish as you would normally. It can be exhausting to throw out a ripped net. You'll need to repair the net immediately since a rip in the netting can create pockets that don't allow the net to open properly. Repairs can be difficult if you're out on a boat or someplace where materials aren't handy, but don't trash your netting without trying to repair it. Have the Right Materials You should always travel with a basic repair kit in your tackle box or on your boat. You can buy the materials long before you'll actually need it. It's always important that you're prepared for any mishap, and a rip in your netting certainly qualifies.
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament line or cord to match the netting's weight
  • Patience
  • Knowledge of knots
Hitch Knot This is considered one of the easiest knots to repair a fishing net. It allows fishermen to repair the net quickly, so he can get back to catching bait. The cord is passed through the section of mesh and wrapped around the line to create a loop. The end of the cord is passed through that loop and pulled tight. Repair the Netting When you're repairing the netting, you're not pulling the diamonds together to squeeze the hole tight. You're actually reconstructing the diamonds and leaving space for the cord. If you pull it tight, you'll create pockets that will keep the net from opening when you throw it into the water. When the net doesn't deploy properly, you're wasting time and energy. You won't catch as many fish either. If you're missing some diamonds, you'll have to recreate them from scratch, which means continuing across the top of the hole by creating loops. At each point of the previous row, you'll have to tie off the cord. When you get to the side of the hole, you'll have to tie off there to continue the next row. The next row is where you'll connect to the previous loops you've created to make diamond shapes. Long before you need to repair your netting, you'll want to practice making hitch knots and simulated repairs. It would be frustrating to get out to sea only to find that you have a hole that you don't know how to repair. You could always buy line and learn how to make your own netting too. This is a skill that will help you practice. It's vital that if you can't repair the netting that you dispose of it properly though.
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