How To Choose The Right Fishing Net For You (3 Factors To Consider)

By: Luke Simonds on May 20, 2020
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Looking to get a new fishing net?

I’ve recently been testing out a few different types of nets and have found three factors to be really important to help you decide which net is right for you:

  1. Conservation
  2. Storage Capacity
  3. Length

If you get the wrong net for the type of fishing you’re doing, you could be putting fish in danger, or risk losing big fish at the boat (like I almost did in a tournament).

So in this video, I’ll explain why each of these factors are important, how they affect which net you should get, and much more.

Let’s dive in!

How To Choose A Fishing Net [VIDEO]

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Conservation & Landing Nets

The first factor to consider when choosing a fishing net is whether or not you do a lot of catch-and-release fishing.

There are essentially two types of materials that the net mesh can be made of:

  1. Rubber
  2. Cloth-based material

Rubber mesh helps preserve a fish’s slime coat, so it’s much better for catch-and-release fishing.

Cloth-based materials, on the other hand, wipe off much more of a fish’s slime coat, so if you’re doing a lot of catch-and-release fishing you’ll want to try to avoid these nets.

Storage Capacity For Fishing Nets

Some nets can be folded into half or a third of the fully extended size, so if you’re really tight on space in your boat or kayak, you might want to consider a net that folds.

The Frabill net in this video folds up into thirds, whereas the Bubba Net in this video is a fixed size.

The only bad thing about nets that fold up is that it usually means they’re a little less sturdy, so if you catch a lot of big fish, take that into consideration, too.

Length Of Fishing Nets

Longer nets are typically better than shorter nets because you have more leverage and don’t need to bring the fish as close to the boat as you would with a shorter net.

Of course, longer nets take up more room (unless they’re collapsible) and may be more flimsy.

Conclusion

using bubba net

When considering what type of fishing net to get, consider the points above.

Do you do a lot of catch-and-release fishing?

Then you probably want to get a net with rubber mesh.

Do you fish in a small boat or kayak?

Then you might want to get a shorter net or a collapsible one.

If you want to see some of the nets we’ve reviewed, check out the videos below:

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