As most fishermen know, it’s best to avoid handling fish directly with your hands as it removes the protective mucus on the fishes’ scales. Instead, using a fishing net allows you to handle your catch safely.
A fishing net is a valuable asset to any angler planning on handling their catch. They come in a variety of sizes, from small nets used on baitfish to large nets for monster deep sea catches. When choosing a fishing net, it’s best to base your choice after which fish you plan on using it on.
In most scenarios, it’s better to have a bigger and stronger net just in case, than it is to have a lighter net that might not be able to handle your catch.
Many modern fishing nets have a telescopic handle. This allows you to extend your net far into the water and retract it when it’s not being used. However, fixed handle fishing nets tend to be stronger and are better suited to handling very heavy catches.
Another important aspect to consider is whether the net floats or not. Making sure the net is made from aluminium, fibreglass or carbon fibre is the best way to be assured it will float. Heavy steel frames will likely sink if dropped in the body of water where you are fishing.