How to Choose the Right Net For Your Fishing Needs

So, you’re looking to do some fishing? If so, you’re going to need a good fishing net. One of these can help you in catching bait fish for the larger fellas down the road, or you can simply try and catch brim. Either way, this article will try to give you an idea about how to choose the right fishing net no matter what your need is.

1. Knowing How you Want to Fish

Are you looking to pick up guppies out of the ocean, catch brim on the side of a pond, or capture those massive blue-gill packs in 40 feet of ocean water? The answer that you give to this question will determine the size of net that you should get.

There are a couple really nice nets with handles that are great for catching small bait fish and other little “guppies”. Plus, they only cost about $5-$15, making them a very feasible option for a young fisherman.

Meanwhile, the bigger nets can run you as much as $300 or more, and they are usually only used for very serious, charter-boat style fishing. This is because they can pick up enough bait fish (in the right area, of course) to last a charter boat of 30 people on fresh bait all day long with just two throws.

2. Figuring Out the Fish You Want

According to, the first step to choosing a good fishing net is found in knowing exactly the kind of fish that you are attempting to capture.

Fishing nets come in all different shapes, sizes, and patterns–all of which correspond to different types of fish. Some of the best places to pick out a net are Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gander Mountain, and Academy Sports and Outdoors.

Regardless of what you are going for, the professionals there will be able to help you pick out what you need. All you will need to know is the fish type you’re attempting to capture.

3. Knowing the Specs

Of course, not all nets are made equal. reports that the major difference between net types is whether they are “knotted” or “un-knotted”. Knotted nets, as the name implies, tend to have large knots that serve to provide greater grip for the fish that they catch.

Meanwhile, un-knotted nets are typically used for catch and release scenarios. Since they don’t provide a harsh grip on the fish that they help to catch, un-knotted nets won’t hurt the scales or aesthetics of the fish for when it comes time to release.

One Other Thing

Please make sure that you check your states legislature before you begin net-fishing. In some states, it is illegal to use a net to catch fish. You can use the net to help bring a fish into the boat that has been reeled in, but it is illegal to use the net as the main apparatus.

Also, please make sure that you have the proper licensing to fish in the public and/or private waters that you will be fishing in. This changes according to state, so please check your state’s huntsman requirements before initiating fishing.

Once you’ve done all that, go have a ball with your new net!