No doubt anyone familiar with a net can throw a 4'er across to the other side of a creek or to a school of fish farther than someone throw'n a 10'er.. ALTHOUGH,someone using this technique or a commercial with a 10'er from Hatteras will catch MANY MORE mullet,fatback,or whatever you wish than a 4'er...The method shown works great if you are above the water, but if you are waist deep in waves.....not so much. Large nets are a fight to throw when dobbing around. Which leaves those folks gathering at locations like bridges and such to get their baits.
I use an EZ Throw net 4 feet in diameter. You don't need a large net, you need a net that you can throw. I have taught several men how to obtain mullet easily and quickly. I take them to the locations where others are standing around with lead lines in their mouths....waiting to throw.....waiting....waiting....waiting. They stand around waiting for the school to swim in close enough to throw at them. That is when I walk up with my wee dinky net and pitch it out there to the school and done. I can throw well over fifty feet, and have to add an extension to the rope line to keep up. I catch my baits and we leave before the others get in their first toss. I like to leave quickly because they give me dirty looks.
This means that you don't have to stop along the way to obtain baits. You can go straight to the surf and nab the baits there. I slip my net under my cooler in the cart, and it remains out of the way. Keeping the net clean by washing it down with sweet water keeps them soft and flexible. Leaving them to dry with saltwater on them toughens them and makes them too stiff. You can also soak them in a bucket with some fabric softener mixed in and loosen them up a bit. Just don't over do it.
There are some things you can do to improve your chances. The most important is to hunt in a target rich environment. The second best trick is to hold perfectly still, like a heron does. Mullet spot movement easily and are skittish and will swim away if they see your feet shifting around. Instead get in and determine where they are likely to pass, assume the casting position, and wait....then make a quick, low to the water throw. Avoid throwing the net high into the air. They will spot it and swim out from under it. Instead you want it to skim along just above the surface and land just in front of the main body of fish. Aiming at the lead fish gets you more than aiming where the main body of the fish just were.
Becareful when wading for mullet in the surf. I have had large sharks swim past my legs as they cruise through the baits. It will wake you from your slumber when all you can do is say- Good fish....Good fish. Sometimes I scream and run like a girl. So being able to hang back in the shallows and pitch to the deeper sections is another reason I use small nets with throw rings. If you are knee deep....you are part of the food chain.
I once pitched my net 75 feet on a bet. A younger man could throw a 3 foot net even further than that.
I bought one of those round drink coolers that you see being used on construction sites. I drilled a small hole through the side, near the top, for a rubber air line to pass through and a larger hole for air to escape. Then I screwed a silent air pump to the side. I use one of those reusable freezer packs inside to cool the water. This allows me to add a dozen baits or so to the cooler and keep them alive all day long. The cooler water slows their metabolism, and allows you to lift the lid without them jumping out. The round shape keeps them from destroying their faces because there are no sides to bang into. You just reach in and grab the one you want. Easy to hook them up and they come back to life at some point during the cast. LOL
I also like to use fillet-o-mullet for baits. A redfish will toy around with a live bait where as he will quick swallow a fillet. Best to pitch out both styles.
So I recommend trying the EZ Throw nets if you are having issues doing it the way everyone else does. I also throw large nets when shrimping in the river, but that is from a boat or dock where I am above the water, like the man in the video. His style is by far the best I have ever seen and I will be trying to learn how he does it. Excellent post.....thank you Kingfeeder for sharing it.
I got a dip net on a rope, can throw it far enough off beach to get cigars near the buoys.No doubt anyone familiar with a net can throw a 4'er across to the other side of a creek or to a school of fish farther than someone throw'n a 10'er.. ALTHOUGH,someone using this technique or a commercial with a 10'er from Hatteras will catch MANY MORE mullet,fatback,or whatever you wish than a 4'er...