I need help from you experienced smelt fishermen. I have not ever gone fishing for smelt. I am trying it for the first time the 22nd - 23rd of April with a couple of friends. We'll be using an 8X8 dip net on a beam and pulley. I have pulled gill nets for ballyhoo, mullet and other fishes. I have thrown a cast net for sardines, mullet and shrimp. This all happened many years ago. I would like to join a veteran group that knows what they are doing and won't mind teaching an old dog new tricks. I do not have any gear. I am smelting this year for the first time and would like to try dragging / pulling a net to shore. Think of it as a bucket list wish. Chances are I may never return to the area for a second chance. If you are willing to add a stranger to your party for a few, please PM me for more information and details. All I have been told about pulling the net is that it is heavy and the water is very cold. The waters I net fished in the Caribbean were maybe 68-70 degrees at the coldest.
I am in Southeast Wisconsin near the state line with Illinois.
thank you, looking forward to your PMs