At Shallowfish we tend to cater to anglers who fish artificial lures and flies, but we hold no deep bias against bait anglers. In fact, here’s a tip for that crowd: Be sure to wash your cast nets out with fresh water after each use. Yes, they’re made out of durable stuff, but saltwater is about as forgiving as a boarding school nun. Beyond a good rinse, drop it in a 5-gallon bucket in a mix of water and 1/4 cup or so of fabric softener. Let it soak for about an hour, then rinse it off and hang it with the leads just touching the ground (which will straighten any kinks but not put undue pressure on the mesh). This will make a brand new net supple enough for great “pancake” quality spreads, and can be repeated on and off throughout the life of the net.
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