A good landing net is a must. There are many different shapes, sizes, and materials used in fish landing nets. Sometimes you only get one chance to net a big fish, so it’s important that your net opening is large enough for the fish you are targeting. I can’t tell you how man times the guy netting my fish, and me netting someone else’s fish, have popped off because of an issue that happens during the netting process. A friend of mine on the boat that I was on fishing in a Halibut tournament lost a huge halibut that would have placed in the top 3, as we found out once we got the results of the weigh in. The main issue was the guy netting the fish, another friend of mine, did not have much experience at netting fish, and no experience at netting a fish of that size. The second issue was the size of the net was too small, but it was all we had. We all learned a lot that day, the first is that Bo is never allowed to net another fish (just kidding). The real lessons we learned that day is that we always make sure we have the right sized net for the fish we are targeting, and that we have a discussion about netting fish on our drive out to our fishing stomping grounds, so that we make sure that everyone knows how to do it. There are a lot of nets on the market today. The most important thing to look for is what fits your fishing situation, what fits your budget, how long you like the handle to be, how big of a mouth opening on the net, how deep the net is, and the material of the net. For me, I like the rubberized nets, they are more gentle on the fish, they tend to tangle up less, the rubber netting is heavier and the net will go into the water instead of bundling up on the surface, making it easier to net the fish. All nets can tangle with hooks and lures, but rubber does less so. I also like telescoping long handles, so when they are not in use they have a smaller profile, but when I need it, I can swoop out far and deep to get up under the fish to let the fish swim right into the net with less chance of popping off.Fish Landing Nets•Frabill Power Stow Landing Net•EGO S2 Slider X-Large Rubber Coated Nylon 29” Handle Net•Frabill Trophy Haul Power Extend Landing Net•EGO S2 Slider Large Deep Rubber Mesh •Bubba Landing Net•EGO S2 Slider Reach Large PVC Mesh Landing Net•EGO S2 Slider Medium Net with 29 inch Handle PVC Coated Mesh•EGO Kryptek S2 Slider Compact Landing Net•Frabill Power Catch Weighted Net•EGO S2 Slider Guide Nets•Frabill Pro Tech Muskie Cradle•EGO S2 Slider Rubber Mesh Compact Net•EGO S1 Genesis Guide Series Nets•Frabill Power Stow Nets with Telescoping Handle•Frabill Trophy Haul Bearclaw Landing Net•Frabill Tru Trax Net with Telescoping Handle•Frabill Conservation Series Flat Bottom Landing Net•Frabill Tru Trax Landing Net•Frabill Hiber Net Stowable Nets•Frabill Trophy Haul Landing NetDisclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase.