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Made a new 4x3 seine.

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:41 PM

I've got a 12' seine with 1/4" mesh, but as most of you know, it's hard to use solo, and isn't ideal for grass shrimp and teeny tiny fish.

After digging through the GA and FL regs, I realized I could use some "shade fabric" (though I think it's actually a filter fabric) I had to make a 4' seine.

I cut a roughly 4x3 piece out from a much larger piece my former brother in law had made as a tarp of sorts that I've had for 15+ years, Using the grommet side for the top, I hemmed the sides and put in a large enough bottom hem to allow me to put a chain for the bottom weight.

I'll try and get pics this weekend once I install the floats (probably use pool float foam), the polyproplylene rope for ties and the chain, plus the brails. I may use PVC brails with this vs. the shovel handles I use on my long seine, as it's small and light to start with. I could just use my kayak stake-out pole for one side, but it's rather heavy aluminum, and a lot longer than I need.

If I figure out the brand of the fabric, I'll post that too, but I haven't had any luck trying to use Google to find it.

Apologies for not having pictures to start with, but I'm open to any comments/thoughts.

#2 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:43 AM

Do you really need floats on a four by three? Seems like the tension on the brails would be enough to maintain its shape. And I agree that you can go with like broom handles instead of shovel handles.
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 09:45 AM

Yeah, for something that small I think one could forgo BOTH floats AND chains. We're basically talking about a kicknet here.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 10:34 AM

As a kid I remember taking a couple opposing edges out of a window screen and using it as a seine. If I remember right, it seems that the same principles still applied and I missed having the weights and floats. I remember having fish swim under it and over it anyway. Could have been bad strategy too though.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 01:26 PM

As Steve mentioned and I experienced, I missed them on the little 3x4 (or 5??) plankton nets I used at Skidaway in 1980, but those had a stiffener at the bottom, so didn't "stick" to the bottom very well. I was just going to put a single 8" piece of pool float in the middle, and decided I'm using a pair of stainless dog "choke" chains for the bottom - enough, but not too much weight, and won't rust out as badly if I use it in brackish water (as long as I rinse it well).

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 12:08 AM

Skidaway? Try Sapelo!

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:47 AM

Skidaway? Try Sapelo!

It would have been hard to show up for work at Sapelo, since I interned at the skidaway institute of oceanography for four weeks :-)

I actually did a two day 'meter count' or whatever they called it there, trying to calculate the plan mass of a square meter of marsh grass.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:33 PM

I think they've pretty much got that figured out by now ;-) They've been weighing Spartina for a long time...

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