Types of Fishing Nets

child and grandfather holding fishing net

When you go out fishing, you likely make sure you have the essentials: bait, hooks, line, line cutters and fishing pole. If you’re looking to catch multiple large fish like salmon, you should also consider investing in a good, sturdy net or two.

There are different types of nets available depending on what type of fishing you’re doing. There are different sizes of nets from the simple, small hand net that catches one or two fish at a time to large trawls used by commercial fishermen to catch large schools of fish at one time.

For individual fisherman who fish for hobby, or sport, hand nets and cast nets are the most popular and effective.

Hand Nets

Hand nets are round nets attached to a sturdy handle. These types of nets are used by fly-fishermen and casual fishermen who fish in rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. These nets are ideal for scooping up caught fish from shallow water along the shore or for sweeping along the surface to gather a hooked fish.

Since you’re likely fishing for sport or hobby, a hand-held landing fishing net is likely what you’re looking for. Landing nets are all one shape, though they vary is size and net material. Larger nets are better for bigger fish, or if there are multiple fish you’ve somehow wrangled near the shoreline. Smaller landing nets are more common as they are large enough to scoop up most caught fish. These nets are also easier to maneuver.

Telescopic and folding handles are popular features of these kinds of nets.

Hand nets are usually made out of Nylon, coated Nylon and rubber. Nylon is the cheapest and most popular option. Nylon lasts many years. However, Nylon is abrasive to the fish, increasing the risk of injury and death. Nylon is also known to knot and tangle easily.

A Nylon-coated fishing net is a Nylon net that is coated by a poly-chemical that makes it less abrasive than the traditional Nylon net. These types of nets are longer-lasting and gentler on fish.   

The final type of landing net type is rubber. This is the newest and most expensive net option. Rubber netting has many advantages over traditional Nylon netting including strength and durability. Rubber nets are the most gentler on fish and they don’t tangle and get knotted.

The biggest disadvantage of rubber nets is that the rubber eventually breaks down over time.

Cast Net

Cast nets are more cumbersome than hand nets and require the fisherman to throw the net into the water. These are less common, but are commonly used by fishermen across the world to catch multiple fish at a time to either sell or feed their families.

Cast nets range in size, being as large as 13 feet in diameter.

Cast nets are weighted on the edges so the net sinks once it is thrown into the water. Fish are caught in the net which the fisherman then manually hauls back in.

Fishing is a relaxing and fun hobby when one is adequately equipped. Fishing nets are handy tools to make your fishing trip more enjoyable and efficient.

At Kiehberg, we have a large selection of hand nets available to choose from a variety of manufacturers. Contact us today to learn how our fishing nets and other fishing products can improve your fishing game.