Kayak Fishing Nets

A Basic Guide to Kayak Fishing Nets

Kayak fishing nets aren’t always the first thing that comes to mind when deciding how to outfit your kayak or prepare for a day of fishing, but they play a major role in landing fish. When you speak with other anglers, you’ll most likely hear mixed results around if they use a net or not. If you’re an angler who uses a net, or one that wants to start using a net, here are some key tips for you.

Kayak Fishing Nets: Size Matters

When selecting a kayak fishing net, always keep in mind what kind of fishing you’re going to be doing. You’ll want to make sure that the net you select is more than wide enough to fit your intended species with some room to spare. Nets can be your best friend, but they can also ruin a catch by knocking a fish off the hook if it’s not wide enough. You want to make sure that you select a net that is going to give you the biggest advantage possible. If you select a net that’s too wide, you could be constantly dealing with snags on other pieces of gear, potentially even expensive rod and reel setups.

Kayak anglers need to give special consideration to the impact a new piece of gear may have on the rest of their set up.

Depending on the size of the kayak that you’re fishing out of, you may want to consider different handle lengths. When you’re searching for different fishing nets, you’ll notice that there are a wide range of options for handle length, so here are some things to consider:

First, consider your style of fishing.

Some kayak anglers tend to be more animated with their hooksets and other movements, if you’re one of these anglers, you’ll know that space is valuable. Longer handles offer an advantage for grabbing fish further from the kayak but they also take up more real estate when not in use.

Secondly, you need to consider how the net will fit in your kayak with either pedals or your paddle.

For anglers who paddle, longer handles can more easily be stowed out of the way. Anglers who fish out of pedal drive kayaks will want to be careful with longer-handled nets as they can easily become tangled or interfere with your drive. If you have a pedal drive and still prefer a longer handle, there are plenty of companies who make kayak attachments that can aid in stowing a net handle out of the way while remaining accessible when needed.

Kayak Fishing Nets: The Right Net Material

One of the biggest differences between cheaper and more expensive nets, is the material the net is made out of. More expensive nets are typically made out of rubber material or have a rubber coating on them. This is beneficial for a few different reasons. The first, it’s better for the fish as it doesn’t harm the slime coat. Cheaper, nylon nets are more abrasive and tend to scrape a fish. Uncoated nylon is also fantastic at getting treble hooks caught in it which is no fun when you’re trying to make your next cast. Nets made of a rubber like material also tend to last longer as they aren’t as susceptible to fraying and getting snagged.

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There is never any shortage of thoughts or opinions when it comes to an angler’s preference so go try a variety of nets and find what works best for you!


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Adam Rourke

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Adam Rourke is a bass angler with over 10 years of tournament fishing experience. About eight years ago, he shifted his focus to the sport of kayak bass fishing which led him qualifying for the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship in 2018 and 2019.

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