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Lakefish Net Information:

General Information

A gill net is an upright fence of fiber netting in which the fish are caught in the meshes of the net. Fish, of a size for which the net is designed, swimming into the net can pass only part way througha single mesh. When it struggles to free itself, the twine slips back of the gill cover and prevents the fish from escaping. The fish is thus called "gilled" and can neither go forward nor back. Various sizes of mesh are used depending on the species and size of the fish to be caught. Gill nets can be suspended at the surface, midwater, or close to the bottom by controlling the number of buoy lines and the size and number of floats on the top or corkline and weights on the leadline, the net may be operated as stationary or movable gear.

There are hundreds of types and sizes of nets used throughout the world, and it is our pleasure to supply fishermen in Canada with various types of nets.We are able to supply fishermen with netting, and all of the equipment to "Hang or Mount" their nets. In addition, we supply all types of nets completely "Hung", with or without floats and/or sinkers, ready to fish.

In many areas the same net is called by different names. When you order a net, please send all neccessary information.

Measuring Gill Netting

Because of manufacturing constraints, a mesh size cannot be exact. The effects of temperature and humidity on nylon have created many problems in the measurement of nylon meshes both for the fisherman and the netting manufacturer. Atmospheric conditions, humidity levels in the manufacturing plant, in transit, and in storage all play a major role.

There is no such thing as an accurate dry measurement of nylon netting unless the netting is totally dried under heat or by some other means of removing moisture. A nylon net totally dried and placed in the average room will absorb moisture in a very short time. Very often enough moisture will be absorbed to increase the size as much as 1/8 of an inch. Still, this netting appears to be completely dry.

For accuracy, it is recommended thatnylon netting be placed in water for one half hour before measuring the meshes. Measuring under any oter circumstances leads to guesswork since a mesh that hasn't been fully soaked in water could measure a combination of different lengths.

Since nylon increases in length when wet, and this is the manner in which a net is fished, it holds true that when meauring a mesh size, the netting should always be wet. This also applies to Government Fishing Regulations.

Click on the following charts for a larger (PDF) version:

One Half Basis - Netting Chart (1.3 Mb PDF File)
Chart 1

Ratios of a mesh to different Hanging Proportion (344kb PDF File)
Chart 2








Lakefish Net & Twine
547 KingEdward Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0N9
Phone: (204) 774-1887, Fax: (204) 786-6008