I upgraded my 8 foot cheap net once I ripped it on some rocks, and got an 8 foot one made by Tim Wade. Its heavier than the previous net I owned, and I love it to death. It only cost me about 150 bucks or so. But in terms of catching the actual bait, it gets easier in the summer months when they are everywhere on the beaches. I learned to throw the net from watching youtube videos, and currently use the method where you put the lead line in your mouth. Had to change from my old ninja style method when I got the heavier net, but pancakes come pretty consistently