How To Properly Net A Fish That You Plan To Release
When landing fish that we plan to release with a net, it’s important to use the right type of equipment and procedures to make sure the fish thrives after release.
If either the net or the netting procedure is done incorrectly or sloppily, the fish we are trying to protect can be seriously harmed.
This video below will show you the key things to consider when catch and release fishing while landing fish with a net.
Equipment Used In This Video:
- Net: Bubba Landing Net (small)
- Rod: Bull Bay Salt Strong Custom 7’6″
- Reel: Daiwa Fuego LT 2500
- Line: 10 lb. Suffix 832
- Leader: 20 lb. Ande Mono
- Lure: Alabama Leprechaun
- Glasses: Smith Optics Guide’s Choice
- Boat: Pathfinder 2400
It’s on us as anglers to make sure to preserve our beloved fisheries, so we need to be continually striving to use best practices when releasing fish (especially the larger ones).
For fishermen who prefer to net their catch, it’s very important to get a good release net that has small holes and rubber coating on the mesh (no rope/nylon nets with wide mesh).
When handing fish that are going to be released, we need to be mindful to minimize the amount of time that they are out of the water.
If you want to get a picture of your catch, make sure to proactively have everything ready before the fish is pulled out of the water.
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions for good catch and release practices.
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