Just as with other fishing accessories, several factors should be considered before making your final choice of Fishing Net. The most important factors are mesh, hoop, handle, and the overall durability and reasonable price. Remember that you will likely get what you pay for, and you should balance between affordability and quality.
Find The Right Mesh
The mesh should be soft and lightweight enough to work well in water while also being tough enough to withstand the natural elements. There are three types of mesh depending on material:
●Nylon and nylon-coated mesh materials are ideal for recreational fishing.
●Rubber mesh is excellent for catch-and-release fishing due to its soft quality.
●The knotless mesh is ideal for fishing in the river and stream.
Your choice will depend on the type of fishing you’re doing. Nylon mesh is affordable, but it becomes jumbled in the hooks faster. Rubber mesh may be sturdy and soft enough not to harm the fish, but it wears out faster. Knotless mesh creates fewer tangles, but it’s more expensive.
Don’t forget about the size of the mesh, or the holes in the netting, since it will determine the net’s best use. Small mesh holes are recommended for stream trout and other delicate fish, with the mesh grid usually measuring about 3/16 inch. But larger fish, such as walleye, redfish, and bass, are best caught with a heavier mesh with one-inch grids.
Also, remember that the larger the mesh holes, the less water-resistant the net will be. There’s also the matter of a smaller mesh being more difficult to move through the water than a larger mesh. It is because of the higher water resistance from the smaller holes in the t smaller mesh.
When in doubt about the mesh material and size, you may want to ask experienced fishers about their preferences. You learn what works best for your target fish species. You should also ask about mesh restrictions from fishing authorities just to be on the safe side.
Consider The Right Hoop
The hoop keeps the netting material in place, and, as such, it’s just as important as the net itself. First up is the hoop material since it plays a crucial role in the net’s efficiency. We suggest looking for a hoop with a scoop at its end since it allows for easier trapping of fish.
The size of your target fish will determine the size of the hoop of the net with which you’re planning on catching it. If you’re catching larger fish species, then it makes sense to buy a net with a large hoop. You may have to purchase nets with different hoop sizes if you’re fishing for different fish species.
Of course, the best hoop material is a rust-resistant metal like aluminum alloy. And then, you will be able to use the net for a few years without the hoop becoming rusty and, thus, weak.
Determine The Best Handle
Most fishing nets are available in either aluminum and fiberglass handles, although there are also wooden handles. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so it’s a matter of personal preference.
Fiberglass and aluminum alloy are both strong but light. Wood handles are more attractive as well as sturdy and lightweight. Depending on their thickness, all these handle materials are safe to use in most types of fishing, particularly in handling large fish.
The handles come in short and long sizes, too. If you want an easy-to-move net, then look for a short handle. But remember that it’s necessary to move closer to the fish with it, which may spook the fish.
But if you want a net that can be used in fishing in choppy waters or large waves, then a net with a long handle works best. You should be able to catch fish in deeper water without actually wading into it.
You need to have a firm yet comfortable grip on the handle. We suggest handles with an EVA grip for this reason. You may also want to consider handles that can be folded, or sliding and telescoping nets.
Overall Durability And Quality
Of course, the best fishing nets should be durable enough to last for a few years of regular use. But it’s also essential to set realistic expectations since these are also subject to wear and tear. If you’re using nets more frequently, then these will not last as long as the nets owned by an occasional fisherman.
The price of fishing nets is influenced by the type of materials used on its netting, hoop, handle, and the size of these parts. Nylon mesh nets are more affordable, while rubber and knotless mesh nets have higher prices because of their higher quality.
Choosing between a reasonably-priced, lower-end net, and a higher-end, the expensive net is your personal choice. You may want to buy a less expensive landing net and yet choose a high-end casting net, too.
In conclusion, the best fishing net is what you make of it! You have to use it properly so that it becomes an effective and efficient tool in your hands. You have to remember that as a tool, your knowledge and skills in fishing matters more than its price.
If you don’t know how to use fishing nets, you may want to read a few books, watch instructional videos, and observe others at work. This way, theory becomes practice.
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