The Mini-Missouri trawl is a dual meshed net that is capable of taking fish in most riverine systems. It is made of netting that can hold and separate, 5mm Y.o.Y or 20" sub- adult. It is one of the most used trawls in riverine sampling and Innovative Net Systems is the only shop building these nets as far as we know. Always ask for the original....do not take any knock off substitutes!
Missouri DNR scientists John Hrabik and Dave Herzog met up with our field team on a sand bar in the Missouri river back in 2002. The discussion came around on the topic of a dual layered net the two Missouri researchers had been playing around with. The I.N.S. team was asked to look into the net design and make what improvements it thought beneficial.
After a few weeks we had what field researchers call today, the Mini-Missouri trawlor as we call it, the Herzog Armadillo trawl. We standardized the Net Geometry. We modified the Fishing Circle and we lengthened the tapers. On the inside layer we went all HDPE instead of nylon and we used a real fish net design instead of the "sport shrimp trawl" that the MDR team had purchased from a catalog. Overall, we beefed the whole rig up and brought it to the level at which it could work under the tedious regiment it does today. I.N.S. did not create the Mini-Missouri trawl, we just improved it's design and efficiency.
The Mini-Missouri ( H.A.T.) continues to this day to be one of the premiere sampling tools of the inland riverine and channel systems.
Other new designs have now begun to replace the H.A.T., such as the Siamese Trawl which mimics the H.A.T. in every way except that the Siamese trawl, separates the fish in the codend and is much lighter to tow. We design and build them both. Call for more information before making any choice.
EXCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES. INNOVATIVE NET SYSTEMS BUILDS THE ORIGINAL MINI-MISSOURI TRAWL . SHOP WHERE THE PROFESSIONAL RESEARCHERS GO FOR GEAR.
The Gerken Siamese Trawl Model 8x4mm
The Siamese trawl is faster, lighter and easier spreading than the Mini-Missouri. It separates large and small fishes inside the codend, where they are more easily collected. It reduces the crushing effect that the Mini has. It has been tested side by with the Mini and it came up equal to or surpassing the older dual mesh net every time.
I.N.S. makes this offer;
IF you buy a Siamese trawl and do not like it after one week, send it back and we will make you a Mini-Missouri for the difference in costing and the shipping.* the net has to be in good condition....no holes or rips.
IF you are considering using a small mesh trawl , please feel to call us at the shop and discuss either of these two gears OR one of the OT Models used by the ACOE for their specialized work. YES! We can build one to custom fit your boat, hp and conditions required ( and/or Target species).
INNOVATIVE NET SYSTEMS * PO BOX 255- 111 ZOTHIQUE RD.* MILTON, LOUISIANA, 70558