Horn - Having the right horn is important, we have decided to use a horn that is divided into 4 sections which also divides all of your braille lines into 4 sections. With your braille lines being divided, this helps almost eliminate your braille lines from becoming tangled. Having a horn that is divided also keeps live bait from escaping out through the opening of the horn which is an important feature especially when catching smaller live bait such as shrimp.
Braille lines - This is an important part of a casting net that many fishermen overlook but it to is also an important feature on all cast nets. Braille lines usually consist of 16-24 lines which attach to the lead line (bottom) of the net that are used to pull the net inward to trap all of your live bait inside of your net. If your cast net does not have enough braille lines, your net will not close tightly, therefore not trapping as many live bait as you expected. Simple overlooked features such as these can be the difference in you catching a dozen or a few dozen nice baits for your days fishing and this feature is critical when the live bait is hard to come by. On our cast nets, we use a much higher number of braille lines to insure a maximum closure of the net and this also causes a much better bottom seal as the net is dragging against the bottom of the lake or ocean. Using excess braille lines also allows the net to become stronger when pulling in your net thus eliminating the need to go to a higher pound test braille line which is stiffer.
Hand line rope - Actually this part of the net doesnt really effect how much live bait that you catch but we have made our hand line 30 ft long which helps those fisherman throw their nets farther and also allows your net to sink at deeper depths. We have also used a 3/8 hollow braided style rope which makes it nice being that it floats when youre in shallower water.
Double selvage - This feature is also great for doubling the strength on the points of your net where it is needed the most, this being next to the bottom lead line and at the top where the horn is attached. We believe that this is extremely important for the longevity of a net, this only makes sense being that youll be constantly dragging your net against the lake or ocean bottom when pulling it in. Not only have we made these areas a double selvage but we have made the double selvage areas much wider giving it more strength and more cast net protection. These double selvage areas can be easily seen on Black Pearl Nets, the double selvage being used is in gold color.
Lead weight - In most situations, the amount of weight on a net will be the difference between catching a lot of live bait or just a few live baits for your days fishing. Just about all cheaper series nets will have anywhere from only 3/4 lb - 1 lb per ft of lead weight on a net. This means that if using 1 lb of weight per radius ft. of net, a 8ft radius net should have 8 lbs of lead on it. A 1.5 lb per ft net should have 12 lbs of lead on an 8ft radius net. Lighter weight nets are generally used for shallow water applications where the extra weight is not needed nor preferred being that the heavier weight only brings up extra mud and grass. When trying to catch your larger live bait around deeper water such as bridges, navigational markers, deeper grass flats and even in deeper open water, having a heavier net will be a must have. Not only is heavier weight essential for deeper water applications, we have added an additional feature which is explained below on our Black Pearl Nets which helps the net perform even better. A typical piece of lead on a standard cast net will weigh approx. 1 1/2 ounces and is separated from one lead to the next by being approx. 5- 6 apart. On  Pearl Nets youll notice that all of our lead is in a round marble type shape and is measured at only 2 apart on our heavier series nets. By having this exclusive feature, we are able to have a more uniform net that throws nicer and has a much better bottom seal. Having a tight cast net seal, makes it much more difficult for bait to escape under the net when the net is lying on the bottom against grass, sand etc. This is a very important feature that is also overlooked by many fishermen and should also be one your major focus points especially when catching baits that are bottom dwellers such as pinfish, shrimp etc.
Lead line - Our lead line is made by using a durable yet flexible 3/16 rope that is tied to the cast netting material at every mesh. As youll notice the lead line has a secondary gold colored twine which runs above the main lead line. This strong strand of gold twine is interwoven though the netting material giving the appearance of 2 lead lines. This is an important feature which gives the lead line strength and helps eliminate high stress points.
Swivel - Our cast nets have a large 11/0 crane swivel for strength and by using the larger swivel, this helps eliminate hand line or braille line twists as your cast net is being pulled in.
Changing the mesh size
You can make a cast net any size you wish, of course. You can also make the mesh any size you want.
The 2.5-inch stretched mesh seems to be the most popular among mullet fishermen. On the west coast of Florida, a 2-inch stretched mesh is also popular.
The size of your paddle will determine the size of the mesh its width will be twice that size.