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Offline Deerdad44

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Drift boat net
« on: September 23, 2019, 06:23:02 AM »
Well, I guess I'm in the market for a new net for the driftboat. Yesterday I went to net a coho for my son and the fish went right through the bottom of the net! I could just replace the netting to the frame that is still in decent shape, but I think I will just upgrade....got a solid 15-20 years out of the old one.
I'm looking for a collapsible, salmon/steelhead net that also allows for easy release for catch and release fisheries. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Drift boat net
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2019, 06:52:59 AM »
Frabill Conservation.  I have had one for about 5 years.  All rubber no edges makes releasing easy.  I have never had fly line or a hook stuck to the net.   The pole pushes in to the net for storage.  Pricey but worth it

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Re: Drift boat net
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2019, 08:10:02 AM »
Frabill Conservation.  I have had one for about 5 years.  All rubber no edges makes releasing easy.  I have never had fly line or a hook stuck to the net.   The pole pushes in to the net for storage.  Pricey but worth it

Pretty sure it's the same net I have. If you are used to a nylon net, netting with an all rubber net will be a change, but you'll get used to it. They are great on fish and gear. Like Henry said, nothing gets tangled or stuck in them.
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Re: Drift boat net
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2019, 09:39:57 AM »
Frabill Conservation.  I have had one for about 5 years.  All rubber no edges makes releasing easy.  I have never had fly line or a hook stuck to the net.   The pole pushes in to the net for storage.  Pricey but worth it

Pretty sure it's the same net I have. If you are used to a nylon net, netting with an all rubber net will be a change, but you'll get used to it. They are great on fish and gear. Like Henry said, nothing gets tangled or stuck in them.

In my experience, the first couple times I felt like I was trying to net a fish with a trampoline!

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Re: Drift boat net
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2019, 06:48:18 PM »
My vote is for a knotless Beckman, Iíve had one for the last 8 or so years and love it. My model has a fairly large hoop with a fairly shallow bag which makes releasing fish a bit easier, and gives you a bigger target which is always a plus


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Re: Drift boat net
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2019, 07:39:14 PM »
Really appreciate all the advice. Lots to consider.

 


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