A fishing net is an essential tool for a serious fisherman. Any slight damage to it means there is no fishing the entire day, and that is one of the scenarios most fishermen dread. When a fishing net ceases to function as a result of damage, you need to act quickly as a fisherman lest you incur huge losses. In this post, we are going to show you how to make things right by giving you essential tips on how you can repair the net by yourself.
Examine the Net
This is the first step you should take when mending a fishing net. Take a look the part that is damaged in the net and measure the extent of the damage. Once you are through, get rid of any damaged line.
You need to determine the distance that separates the lines that are loose using a measuring tape. This way, it becomes easy to cut sections that connect the lines and repair the gap. The sections should not be less than 50% in length of the initial measurements so that you have an extra space to tie the knots.
You need to make a loop in the mending line to help you close the damaged parts effectively. Grab the loose line using the left arm. With the right arm, make a perfect loop along the line. After that, pass the line held in the left arm through the other loop you have just made in the right arm. Ensure the loose line passes over the other loop to form a second one adjacent to the first one. You now have two good loops. One on the left hand and the other on the lines in the right arm.
Making the Knots
Pass the line in the left arm under the loop in the same hand through the loop in the right hand. This activity will turn the loop in the left arm into a knot fixed in loop on the right side. This is referred to as sheet bend. It helps you fix mending line into the other lines in the net.
You can make other loops and knots to tie one side of mending line on similar loose end line in your net to help bring together the two lines. Cut away unwanted line on the repair line and repeat the process for every mending line if any exists.
You should ensure the material you use on the lines matches the one used to make the net. Don’t use any polyethylene materials on the lines because they induce less friction between the knots hence the part repaired might not last for long as you wish.