Sturgeon are bottom feeders. They also have a very quick response to motion and touch.
To take these fish in multiple sizes from Y.o.Y. to gravid adults requires a specialized trawl that hodls bottom in the swift current and sand riffles of inland rivers.
Innovative Net Systems has spent over 14 years designing a multitude of designs for just such a task.
Our SKT trawlsare now the industry standard in the ACOA Pallid project. They are proven sturgeon collectors. They hold bottom well even in swift currents, they climb over some of the largest riffles in river systems. They can be easily operated by hand or with a winch set up.
Innovative Nets designs these SKT nets for a specific purpose. Other shops sell you a bait style shrimp trawl with a raschel liner and call it a Sampling trawl.
Prove it to your self:
Lay one of our SKT model 16x38mm nets alongside ANY other 16' trawl. Ours will be longer in the body, have more depth in the wing, greater setback in the bottom,heavier gauge liners and they will be built with HDPE Sapphire or HD Braided netting... NOT old style nylon !! We design these nets to catch fish. . . period!
What you have probably been using is a small sport trawl ( used to catch shrimp or bait) with a raschel liner inside and they call it a "Research net".
We'll go you one better. . . IF you use the SKT for a week and don't think it is catching better than any other net you have ever used. . ..send it back for a full refund minus the shipping.
Now ask that "other" net company how confident they are about THEIR gear.
A cod end full of Year 1 and 2 Shovel Nose and Pallids
USFWS Sturgeon catch
One 10 minute tow , South Dakota
16 SKT trawl in the Missouri River
Quit playing around with Ol' School designs and outdated netting materials. Call I.N.S.. We know nets and can get you started catching the fish you need for your project.
The SKT trawls come in sizes from 8' through 40' and for depths of .5 Meters through 700 Meters. These are seriously designed for capturing fish you have been missing with that outdated, nylon, 'catalog bought' trawl.
INNOVATIVE NET SYSTEMS * PO BOX 255- 111 ZOTHIQUE RD.* MILTON, LOUISIANA, 70558