How to Choose the Perfect Fishing Net

By: Jamey Caldwell

Fishing on the FLW tour has taught me a lot about how to manage fish. One of the things that the FLW does for competitors – which is also a major effort for conservation – is permits the use of landing nets during tournament competition. In doing so, the FLW Tour has guaranteed a higher viability rate for the fish caught during our events.

The Benefits of Fishing Nets
When you flip a fish into the boat, they often end up on the carpet. As they bounce around the deck, that carpet removes the slime coat from the fish, making it more susceptible to disease and infection. The use of landing nets helps to reduce the stress on the fish as they are removed from the water, and maintains the slime coat on the fish as they are transferred to the livewell.

4 Considerations For Choosing a Fishing Net

The net that I have found to be most effective and easy to use is the Frabill Power Stow 8507. It has everything that I’m looking for in a fishing net:

  • Safe catch and release. The Power Stow 8507 rubberized net coating reduces abrasion to the fish for a safe catch and release.
  • Less tangles. This is another benefit of the rubberized net coating, which is much less likely to catch a hook point or get tangled up with a lure.
  • Compact storage. The Power Stow 8507 can fold into an extremely compact size keeping it out of the way when you don’t need it, yet maintaining a rapid deployment to a 20 x 24 inch net with 24 inch depth – a massive target to pick up my fish safely and efficiently.
  • Convenient handle. The standard handle is a great length, but the Power Stow 8507 telescopes to a massive 72 inches which gets my fish into the net quickly.

Whether you’re fishing tournaments, from a kayak, in saltwater (inshore or offshore), or you’re just looking for a minnow net to take the kids out for a fun day of fishing – Frabill has a product to enhance your fishing experience. Check out the full line of Frabill nets at

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