Drop Net vs. Umbrella Net
Posted 10 May 2012 - 02:33 PM
Anyone care to share their experiences with either of these nets? I do a bit of solo collecting and it looks like these could help catching minnows.
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:21 PM
I own an umbrella net and have never caught anything with it, ever. The idea is you make a square of net and you lay it on the bottom. Then you leave it and you come back after a while and pull it up. Theoretically, you should pull up a couple fish. But there are two problems. Either the net is too small and the fish swim out of it before you can pull it up (the net stays completely horizontal during pull up, making it easy for fish to escape) or the net is too large and is so slow to pull up that fish can escape. Or, what I found was really the problem, no fish are stupid enough to ever swim over it. I've tried baiting it and they didn't fall for it (or the fish don't like hotdogs and bread). Maybe it might work at night with a light like they say on the webpage; I've never tried fishing at night.
Edited by EricaWieser, 10 May 2012 - 03:23 PM.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:47 AM
I can't recommend an umbrella net even for crawdads.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 02:21 PM
I also used it to catch bluenose shiners in a creek that had steep over hanging banks by standing on some overhanging tree roots dropping the net down about 5 or 6 feet and again wait for some fish to take the risk and cross over the net. These fish were much more cautious and it took hours to get about 12 fish with many too cautious to cross more then the edges of the net. Using bait, canned cat food in a piece of stocking pinned or tyied to the center of the net or hung from the center of the round disk the spokes of the umbrella are connected to in both examples helped slightly.
The umbrella net also was very usefull in two other scenarios both involved capturing dace, once southern redbellies another time redside dace. Both times the fish were in deep pools under a lot of overhanging brush so I got a long green stick and hung the net by the metal disk connecting the spokes on the end of the stick and carefully slid the net just above the water and below the overhanging brush to the desired spot and dipped the net into the water while quickly pulling the stick out leaving the net to drop into the pool. Then waiting several minutes or if able to see fish over the net a quick pull and captured dace would result. This worked especially well with the southern redbellies often resulting in several at once. The redsides usually resulted in 2 or 3 at a time, I was able to see them go over the net and they usually move about in small groups of 2 or 3 whereas the redbelly dace often travel in larger schools.
In all these situations I was by myself and would not have been able to catch the target fish by any other method available at the time. I don't always grab my umbrella net and have been sorry several times. I'd go with the 4ft though it may be tougher to pull in. Another thought I have not yet tested is to not only use bait hanging over the net from the spoke disk but also hang some plastic or silk plants from the spokes maybe even green yarn spawning mops.
Edited by keepnatives, 12 May 2012 - 02:30 PM.
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