No one really cares how you get the net set up. No one is judged on their setup, but everyone is judged on the spread of the net and the harshest critics are the baitfish. Either you cover them or you don't. If you able to pancake the net every time, you will catch bait faster than the rest of the boats and you will be on the fishing spot sooner. This means that you have more time to fish and will likely catch a ton more fish. Guys who struggle to open the net get to the fishing spot late and may only have one chance to set up for the rest of the afternoon. Throw after throw, the net gets heavier and heavier and you get more and more tired. The chances of making the best throw of the day go down. Conversely get your bait in one throw and you are set and on your way to having a great day. You will have happy customers and that usually means big tips!
It would be great to be able to say that we have never thrown a net that looks like a banana, or worse...doesn't open at all, but that just wouldn't be honest. Everyone has bad throws and everyone has made a bad throw when bait is being tough and suffered the consequences described above. That is why everyone has a different way to throw the net. The guys who really know how to throw a net have practiced and come up with their own way to throw the net. It may be very similar to someone else, but chances are that there are subtleties that make each throw unique.
In this video, we go over the way that each of us sets up the net and prepares for a throw. It is interesting that we throw the net very differently from one another but it looks very similar when it hits the water. This is because we have had to learn how...trial by fire...when the bait is tough and every throw counts.
The second most asked question is regarding the size of the nets we choose and why. I think we answer that in this video as well.
Check out this video and let us know if it helps you throw the net better.