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#1 Guest_teleost_*

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:13 PM

I'm not going to tell you this is the best but I'll tell you how I clean my nets.

I recently went on a four day sampling trip. Many gar, shad and suckers made my nets smell rather bad. Once home, I rinse them in luke warm water and apply a light dose (1/2 strength) liquid laundry detergent while in the bath tub. My family hates it when I do this. I let them soak for a few minutes and lightly scrub the net together. I then rinse until all the "suds" are gone and apply a small (about half dose again) fabric softener. I let this soak a few mintes and take the nets outsdie for a good hose down.

I sould mention all of my nets are nylon and most are the 1/4" ace type.

Is there a better way?

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:53 PM

That is some serious care given to those nets. The good news is you might get a few more dips and a little less stink. The bad news is they will smell like fabric softener and all of your collecting partner may look at you funny.

I believe the most I have ever done is shake out all the trash after dipping. Maybe I should have been softening mine up all this time.....

#3 Guest_teleost_*

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 07:53 AM

This care was mandatory. The smell was pretty bad even once dry. I only clean my sienes when required. I should have mentioned that on the trip we used two 20' X 4' and one 15' X 4' seines. I always rinse the nets well once done sampling and I still get quite a bit of fine particulate in the bottom of the tub every time I clean (fine sand and dirt). I can only imagine this will increase the life of my nets a little by reducing abrasion between the mesh. I'm pretty careful about the amount of fabric softener I use but they do smell "fresh" after the cleaning.

I only rinse my dip nets. They never really get very stinky.

I'm still not sure there isn't a better way. I hope to hear others tell me thier secret formula for a "net wash".

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 10:58 PM

Clorox is the best way. But beware - too strong a dose can bleach the color out of your net, and can even eat holes in it. A cupful mixed into a full tub of water is about right. Make sure it's well mixed before putting your net in.

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