NET RESULTSThe Right Way To Use A Landing Net
Securing a good fish with a landing a fish should be a dead easy process, but it’s amazing just how often it all goes wrong at the very last moment in the heat of a torrid battle! Here’s how to do it the right way, every time…
The safest and best path for boat anglers or those on higher banks and platforms trying to land fish that are too heavy to simply lift is to use a landing net or a gaff, and a net is the most versatile option.
A landing net is definitely the most common tool used to land fish, but many people make a mess of the netting process, and the next trophy fish to be knocked from the hook by an overly enthusiastic net-wielder certainly won’t be the last!
Securing a fish safely in a landing net has absolutely nothing in common with catching butterflies!
- Place the net in the water so that the front of the hoop is well submerged and the back of the hoop (where the handle is connected) is roughly flush with the water’s surface.
- Using the rod, bring the hooked fish to the net and swim the fish into the net head-first. If you’re fishing on your own, you’ll need to perform these actions yourself, holding the net handle in one hand and the rod in the other. If you need to reel in line during this process, tuck the net handle under your arm.
- Relax the pressure on the line just before you or your assistant begins to lift the net from the water. This relaxation of pressure induces the fish to dive deeper into the net, making sure you securely restrain it.