Like all Rod or hand line fishing the lightest most invisible gear catches the most fish.The fishing mesh is the part of the net that wears out and this will need to be replaced over time. If your mesh is to thick it will not wear out as fast but also will not catch as many fish as the net will be too stiff. The Twine used to tie the mesh to the bottom and top ropes should be thin enough to break before the mesh breaks. The slinging ratio is the amount of mesh in metres that is tied to the ropes. If you put 120m of mesh onto a 60m of rope you have a slinging ration of 50% which is the standard we use for our set nets. If you put 90m of mesh onto 60m of rope you have a slinging ratio of 66% which is standard for most imported and mass produced nets. This makes mesh much tighter and will catch less fish as it has 25% less mesh for fish to get caught in. The net will also have less floats and sinkers to reduce manufacturing costs. The standard criteria for ratio of floats and sinkers to mesh is: (a) Weight of mesh in air (nylon sinks) x 2 = Weight of lead rope needed. If your mesh for a 60m net weighed 2.5kg you would need 5kg approx of lead on a 60m rope. (b) Floatation of floats needed for top rope of net is 50% weight of mesh plus the lead rope minus floatation for the top rope (polypropylene floats). If your mesh and lead rope weigh 7.5kg you would need approx 3.75kg of floatation made up of rope and floats. For fishing in areas of little tide you can use less lead and less floats. Obviously for strong tidal area’s you can add floats and sinkers. You may notice flounder nets have quite light ropes, floats and lead rope as the mesh does not weigh much. Heavy Deepwater nets have extra floats and leads. You will find that very few shops can tell you the slinging ratio of their net nor will they know how many floats or how much lead a net has! Therefore you should avoid those nets if you can as they have been made to a price point and not made for the purpose of ensuring a good catch of fish in the net.