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Offline SturgeonRod

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Fish friendly nets??
« on: November 20, 2013, 10:30:00 am »
I have posted this topic on NWKA forum as well.
Just thought since we as a group are responsible for the spread of knowledge and conservation of the rapidly growing sport that is kayak angling that topics such as this are a great way to share knowledge and better our sport.

I have been in search of a quality landing net that is easier on the fish. With all the new materials out there ( pvc's and mrb's) which are supposedly better for handling fish intended for release (removes less beneficial slimes, less opportunity to hang up in fins and teeth and "hook proof".
Any experiences with such products??




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Re: Fish friendly nets??
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 12:56:17 pm »
Those old nylon mesh nets are hard on fish, especially if they
stick their head trough the netting.

I have 2 Lucky Strike nets with " rubber coated knotless mesh",which
is easy on the fish. However if I'm using lures with trebles, its
real tough getting the trebles out of the mesh and often cut them out
with scissors. Needless to say I need a new net too or netting at least.
The Frabil meshing looks the same to me as the Lucky strike's.
The only meshing that trebles don't get hanged up in is the full
rubber mesh, that I know of. These nets are heavy too.
Curious on others opinions too.  :)
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Re: Fish friendly nets??
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013, 09:46:11 pm »
I bought one of these at the Fishin' Holes big sale and I love it...the handle extends from 18"to 36" and has a rubber net.

http://www.thefishinhole.com/index.cfm?action=product&se=27032


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Re: Fish friendly nets??
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2013, 08:13:10 am »
I have an extendable net for smaller fish that I bought at Canadian Tire. It is made by Lucky Strike and the handle also detaches to allow you to store in in the basket of the net to reduce the size. Other than that I have a large rubber net for big fish and a cradle I made with rubber coated mesh for the monsters.
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Re: Fish friendly nets??
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2013, 10:11:11 am »
I bought one of these at the Fishin' Holes big sale and I love it...the handle extends from 18"to 36" and has a rubber net.

http://www.thefishinhole.com/index.cfm?action=product&se=27032


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Nice net !
But would hope so for $80.00 .  ;)
Pretty sure the mesh is " rubber coated knotless mesh " and not full rubber, and trebles will still get caught up in the mesh.
looking for a fish friendly net as to minimize damage to the fish because most of our local fishing is catch and release, I'm not interested in a head shredding treble hook. :)


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Re: Fish friendly nets??
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2013, 08:38:13 am »
I also have a Lucky Strike (larger size) net that is partially rubber coated.  It has served me well and using the longer shaft has a lot to do with conservation.  Being able to keep the fish in the water while you unhook will also eliminate most of the slime coming off in the net.  Another tactic that I have been trying to consciously execute when landing a fish is keeping tension on the rod as the fish is netted and holding its head up with the rod.  The lure will most times just pop out once in the net or it is easier to unhook quickly before the hook/s get tangled in the net.  Here is a video using my larger net. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZAyYIsAWgw

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