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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HANG-NET, n.comb. A stake-net set vertically in the water (see Dmf. 1812 quot.) (Bwk. 1956).Dmf. 1812 Scots Mag. (Sept.) 690:
Hang-nets are larger in the mesh than any other nets, and are stretched upright between stakes of about 10 feet long, placed at regular distances of about 8 feet. This . . . is only practicable in high spring-tides, or where there is a rapid current to keep forward the fish, which are entangled on striking the net in the same manner that herrings are caught in the meshes of their nets.
Sc. 1873 Act 36 & 37 Vict. c. 71 § 39:
No byelaw made under the authority of this section shall limit the length of a hang net.
Sc. 1899 Session Cases (1898–99) 658:
Fishing with a “hang-net” or “drift-net” in a tidal portion of the river Tay was not illegal.
Sth. 1956 Scotsman (18 July) 5:
Being in possession of seventeen salmon, five sea-trout, and a hang-net.

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