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    What net do yall use?

    Right now I just use a ole cheapo but wanna get a better net. Thought it would be better ask here since most here know the lay out of the boats. I have a 04 187 dc and I love my boat but it was my 1st and quickly realized I'm gonna need way more room and storage. Been playing with the idea of a upgrade but not quite yet unless the right one falls in my lap. Anyways to the point with my boat and room being a problem what net do yall think? Keep in mind landing the fish is WAY more important that having room so fire away with thoughts.

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    BILLY. 1995 202DCX ELITE TEAM FATBOY
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    Days on the Water =9.5
    Big fish 1-6.7
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    Big fish 4-3.75
    Big fish 5-3.50

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    #3
    My personal preference is a rubber net. I stow it in the port rod locker....no problem, and rubber is gentle on the fish.

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    Yep - Rubber net with telescopic handle, kind like this. DotLine Seamless Molded Rubber Net

    I've got something like it and it fits in my 18-2 boat compartments just fine.

    Be sure to leave it in the box till you get your first fish in the boat though...just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BILLY View Post
    Another vote for StowMaster, I've had mine for years. Fold it up and keep it in the side locker after it's dry.

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    #6
    I have a 187 and bought a rubber frabil net from BPS. It has a telescoping handle and fits just fine in the locker.
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    I don't carry one for Bass fishing and never have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siskiyoucrash View Post
    I don't carry one for Bass fishing and never have.
    I do a lot of tourney fishing and it is a MUST. I really like the looks of that StowMaster kvd net. Had a buddy have one with similar design but not same brand I think it was much cheaper and not the quality of that net. His would always fold up when trying to land a fish and then eventually broke and wouldn't open at all. Any problems like that with the StowMaster? When you open it does it lock or anything?

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    Promar makes an awesome net.Breaks down to under 20". 2 models one extends 36" and one @48". Landed plenty of big fish with this one with no issues.

    Promar ProMesh Series Landing Nets

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    Quote Originally Posted by siskiyoucrash View Post
    I don't carry one for Bass fishing and never have.
    I hate nets, unless it's for dipping shad to use for bait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siskiyoucrash View Post
    I don't carry one for Bass fishing and never have.
    I used to feel that way till I was up in sturgeon bay whacking 4-6lb smallies on jerkbaits.

    CLOSED GAMEFISHING SEASONS IN WI HAS NO BIOLOGICAL CREEDENCE!!!

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    I've got a BPS rubber net which works great until you try landing bass in the 9#+ range, then it is too small to get a fish that big into it. After almost losing a really nice bass my partner caught, I went to this one ...

    http://frabill.com/landing-nets/folding-nets/14-x-18-power-stow-net-4.html


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    I've had it so long I don't remember what make it is or where I bought it.

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    Frabill power stow +1

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    no problem with s/master. Locks good. Bass and catfish to 20lb.
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    Big fish 4-3.75
    Big fish 5-3.50

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    #16
    Best net I EVER owned is a Ego S2 Slider Medium Rubber Fishing Net.

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    I order one, from here:

    http://www.driftermarine.com/catalog...lite-series-2/

    Kinda pricey but a very high quality net. They let you customize it to your requirements.

    Last edited by Joey805; 12-30-2013 at 03:49 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey805 View Post
    I order one, from here:

    Heavy Duty Rubber Landing Nets | Drifter Marine

    Kinda pricey but a very high quality net. They let you customize it to your requirements.

    Pretty cheap compared to a Frabill ... Looks good! How deep is the net before you get a fish in it? That is the big beef I have with my BPS, it's only about 6" deep until you get the weight of the fish in it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tx Champ View Post
    Pretty cheap compared to a Frabill ... Looks good! How deep is the net before you get a fish in it? That is the big beef I have with my BPS, it's only about 6" deep until you get the weight of the fish in it.
    Actually, this is the net I bought, (wrong link above, which I corrected):

    Fiberlite Series Custom Fishing Net | Drifter Marine

    My concern was the net depth as well. I went with the PVC coated mesh which is awesome and the large yolk.

    It's lite, tangle proof and very deep, probably 20+ inches deep if I had to guess.
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    I almost lost a fish I was trying to net for a buddy that was over 10# & I couldn't get enough of it in the net to start stretching it out. Luckily I had presence of mind to ditch the net and lip it rather than keep on trying which would have probably ended up knocking it off.


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