CASTING-NET. There are two sorts of these fishing-nets, but much alike in use and manner of casting out, wherein the whole skill of the working consists. When this net is exactly thrown out, nothing escapes it, bringing all away within its reach, as well weeds, sticks, and such like trash ; but it is thereby often broke, therefore you must be careful in what bottoms you cast, and how it is cast off, that the net may spread itself in its due dimensions.
Draw a loop of the main cord with your left hand all the net from about three feet from the bottom, where the leads hang, and let the leads just rest on the ground: with your right hand take up about a third part, and cast it over your left shoulder like a cloak ; then take another third part in your right hand, and let the residue remain hanging down: when you have done this, stand upright, and incline yourself first a little towards the left, that you may afterwards swing about to the right with the greater agility, and then let the net launch out, but take care that the threads or meshes be not entangled with your buttons, lest you he in danger of being drawn in after it.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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