Surfin' the Net For Fishing Nets

Published in the September 2008 Issue Published online: Sep 02, 2008

Fresh Fish

It helps when netting a catch that the fish has been fought until reasonably tired; trying to net a `fresh' fish is a lesson in frustration. It's better to allow a hooked fish to fight and run and jump while away from the boat, shore or dock, where it is less likely to wrap around a snag like a prop, piling or pontoon, or dive below and get under the boat or dock where your fighting angle is compromised and the fish can break off. You'll know a fish is ready for the net when it comes to the surface easily and/or turns on its side. You need to be careful not to fight a fish for too long, however, if you intend to release it. Fish that `give it their all' may have trouble recovering from the ordeal. When practicing catch and release, give the fish a chance to tire before bringing it to the net, but don't overdo it.

Net Scape. Fighting the fish of a lifetime is no time to be searching for the net. Keep a long-handled net handy and you'll never have to talk about the one that got away! 

Ego Reach Nets

800-698-6841

www.Adventureproducts.com

Frabill Nets

800-558-1005

www.frabill.com

Ed Cumings, Inc.

810-736-0130

cumingsnets@aol.com

Beckman Net Company

608-274-2315

www.beckmannet.com

Dotline/Mengo Industries

800-279-4611

dotline@mengo-ind.com

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