Hoopnetting Transportation

Now let’s go over some of the types of transportation that you can use to hoop net. First off smaller boats are obviously a better bet for hoopnetting due to the necessary maneuvering that is needed. The smaller boats allow you to get around the floats and rope and being close to the water surface allows you to easily pick up the floats rather than performing aerobatics to do so. Not to mention if you have a smaller boat and your motor dies it is easier to row your way to safety. Also pulling the ropes from a sitting position also has many benefits over standing up on a rolling and pitching wet deck of a larger boat. Most importantly a smaller boat allows for increased visibility in just about 360 degrees rather than a larger boat that has a much worse visibility.

Sure bigger boats are much more comfortable on the water and you can obviously get a larger bag limit for the night but consider the options before choosing the larger boat. The higher the horsepower of the boat the more damage the props will due to the ropes.

Kayaks are the new rave for hoop netting. Kayakers never have to worry about getting your rope tangled in the prop. If you cannot afford a boat and you want to be ablet o hoop net areas that require smaller vessels consider a kayak. Keep in mind though that it can get pretty intimidating being out in the dark with a bloody hoop net bait on board so this may not be for the faint of heart.

For those of you that don’t have a kayak or boat then public piers are a graet place to hoop net. The structure is already there and many Southland piers have artificial reefs built very close by. Some piers can produce lobster year after year and not many fisherman hoopnet from public piers. Keep in mind that laws are different for state although typically you can have 2 hoop nets per person on any public pier. It’s really a great way to get started.

The Best Hoopnetting Transportation

Smaller boats work great for hoop netting. They maneuver well around the floats and rope, and being so close to the water surface makes picking up the floats a breeze. Also if your motor dies in close to the beach or rocks, you may be able to row your way to safety. Pulling the ropes from a sitting position also has its benefits over standing up on a rolling and pitching wet deck of a larger boat. Visibility on the water in the dark in important and a small skiff offers unobstructed 360 degree visibility for locating floats in the darkness .

Bigger boats are much more comfortable on the water. You can put more people on the boat for a higher Lobster bag limit total for the night. You can have more “pullers” on board to relieve the poor guy with the gloves on. You will be able to safely hoop areas that smaller craft can’t make it to in rougher weather. Larger boats are also less likely to become disabled by rope entangling in the props. The higher horsepower and bigger props will just tend to shred the rope rigging.

KAYAKS

Hoop netting for Lobster from a kayak has recently become very popular. Kayakers never get rope tangled in their prop. If you cannot afford a boat and you want to be able to hoop net areas other than public piers, a kayak may be your vehicle. I know a young man who regularly hoops off his kayak with 5 nets and does very well. Plus it is great exercise paddling from net to net. It can be intimidating on a kayak at night with all of the bloody hoop net bait on board.

PIERS

Public piers are a great place to hoop net. The structure is there, and many Southland piers have artificial reefs built very close by. Some piers produce Lobster year after year. Not many fisherman hoop net from public piers. You are allowed to fish two (2) hoop nets per person on any public pier. A great place to learn the basics.