A HOMEMADE TEMPORARY MINNOW NET
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A HOMEMADE TEMPORARY MINNOW NET

A HOMEMADE TEMPORARY MINNOW NET




      
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A HOMEMADE TEMPORARY MINNOW NET


A HOMEMADE TEMPORARY MINNOW NET

By H. A. Peters

Were you ever without a minnow net, for some reason or other, while on a fishing trip, when one could not procure one for many miles; and not only that, but you found that the “big ones” just wouldn’t bite on anything else but a minnow? If you have never been in that predicament you are indeed more fortunate than I, for such were the conditions my camping party was in last summer up in Wisconsin.

We had a very nice net when we started out, but the third day in camp the net, somehow or other, got too near the fire and almost all the netting burned off. Of course, it was not anyone’s fault, but that did not matter. We had to have a net. We each had a landing net, but we found it impossible to catch minnows with them because of their size. After looking over my outfit I found a ball of twine and did as follows:

After cutting off all the net that remained on the ring, I fastened ring and pole to a tree at a convenient height Then I cut a number of pie9es of twine about three feet long and fastened them to the ring as in Fig. 1. Starting at A, Fig. 2, I took one string from each adjacent pair and tied a simple double knot in them. After finishing the first row I made the second, third, etc., as in Fig. 2. After making about seven rows I decided to taper the net down. This was done by making the mesh smaller (that is, tying the cords closer together); also by cutting off, say six strings, from six pairs, at equal distances apart in the same row, as at A, Fig. 3. The knotting was done the same as before until a single line was reached.

Then by taking one string each side of the single one, I tied the knot so that it came even with the rest in the same vertical row. Then I tied a second knot with the single line and one of the other two and cut off the single line short as at B, Fig. 4. Continuing in this manner, cutting six pairs from every horizontal row, I soon had the diameter of the hole in the bottom about eight inches. Then removing the net part from my landing net, I fastened it to the bottom of the minnow net by means of small hooks and my net was complete as in Fig. 5. It took quite a time, but we were certainly rewarded for our work. Of course, it required patience but where is there a good fisherman who lacks that? The author used this net the entire summer, but has not seen it fail yet. So, brother, if ever placed as I was, just remember this Kink and you wilt catch your minnows.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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