If you plan on using live bait to catch game fish, a cast net is a must. And when selecting a net, two basic rules apply: 1) use smaller mesh for smaller fish and 2) the smaller the mesh, the slower the sink rate. So, it follows that you’ll want to use a smallish mesh for baits like pilchards and finger mullet that are usually in four feet or less of water, and a larger mesh for baits like big mullet or beefy menheden that are often found in deeper water. Most shallow-water anglers prefer a 3/8 or 1/2-inch mesh. Contact manufacturers for their advice when selecting a net, and be sure to do some research on state and/or local diameter restrictions.