How To Use A Fishing Net To Land Big Fish [VIDEO]


Have you ever lost a big fish at the boat?

It’s heartbreaking and sadly, it happens all the time…

But one way you can stop this from happening to you is to learn how to properly use a net.

There are three things to remember when using a net to land big fish and in this video, I’ll show you how to do it as I’m landing a big snook.

If you do these three things right, you’ll land a lot more fish.

Watch the video below to learn how to properly use a net.

How To Land Big Fish With A Net [VIDEO]

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When you’re getting a big fish in the net, remember these three things:

  1. Head up
  2. Net down
  3. Don’t put the net in the water too early

If you bring the fish’s head up at the same time you put the net down under it, you’re more likely to get the fish in there.

And don’t put the net in the water too early.

If the fish sees the net in the water they might freak out and get an extra run in, increasing the chances that they’ll pop off.


land big fish in a net

Using a net when you land fish can decrease the number of fish that break off at the boat.

And when you’re using a net, remember this:

  1. Head up
  2. Net down
  3. Don’t put the net in the water too early

Have any questions about using nets to land fish?

Let me know in the comments below!

And if you know someone who needs to learn how to use a net, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

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Strayed Cat
7 months ago

Carefully netted/released an undersize Snook which was promptly eaten by a Dolphin at Sebastian Inlet.

Steven Free
1 year ago

Yea Luke I have been using a net since I was a kid never leave the dock without it I still have my rubber mesh one the kind that doesn’t scrape the fishes slime coat off and have learned especially when netting flounder make sure to lift the head before putting the net under the fish because they have a tendency of flopping on the surface enough to throw the hook thanks for the video and all you do????

Mike Simek
Mike Simek
1 year ago

And…. Don’t leave your net on the boat at a gas station… Next time you went have a net. I still haven’t replaced mine since it was stolen, I can’t wait for the next video to come out so I can use that to decide what to buy next!

Thomas Gray
1 year ago

Nice video for for thought

Bill Jenkins
1 year ago

Thanks, quick informative how to video !

Randall Perron
1 year ago

Thank you for the input. I’ve lost way to many fish trying to net them. Practical advice when I’m trying to learn how to fish.

Richard Konefal
1 year ago

If you are in the market for a net, get a rubber one. It is easier on the fish, and hooks do not get embedded in it either.

Ken Johnston
1 year ago

A question, do you recommend using a net? I don’t carry one. That comes from my old days fishing bass tournaments when nets were not permitted. Then, later when they were allowed, I lost more fish due to inexperienced guys I drew to fish with not having a clue how to net a fish.

If you do recommend a net, would you usually only use it on trophy fish. Being a totally catch and release guy the loss of a fish when lipping him isn’t a big deal. Of course, for a monster, pictures are very important so I don’t like losing them early.

Your posts during the “apocalypse “ are a god send, thanks!

William Hawkins
1 year ago

Solid advice. It’s a balancing act in my opinion, especially when doing it alone. Lifting the head (out of the water) will add tension to the line and potential to break or pull loose , but then again, spending more time tiring the fish could lead to the same result.
Quick with the net is surely a good plan. Shorter rods make landing fish by yourself easier too.

Thomas Manley
1 year ago

Looks like one of the places you and Tony were fishing for the Slam Tournament.

Thomas Manley
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Yep…that is what I thought and you caught the snook at that dock if I’m not mistaken. Now, do I get the prize for catching this?? LOL


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