Dip nets 101: If you are going to start fishing for catfish you need a dip net. There is always a chance that you will catch a big cat, and you want to make sure you are prepared.
I usually don’t even think of using my dip net until the fish get around 8 or 10 lbs, sometimes more, when I catch smaller fish I usually just pull them to the boat with the leader and then grab them or lip them.
When choosing a dip net, I recommend the following:
- Make sure you stay away from fads or gimmicks like special attachments on dip nets, dip nets that fold, arm rests on the dip nets etc.
- Get a dip net where the handle will “slide” into the net for storage reducing the storage size.
- I prefer aluminum handles and dip nets over fiberglass
- Stick with a reputable brand
- Stick with nylon netting over rubber
- Make sure you get a net that will fit in your boat
- Most important. Pay close attention to the size of the net. If you are going to be fishing for big catfish or you think you might catch a big cat, you want a net with a very wide (or large) opening and a very deep net, so you can easily scoop them up with the dip net. If you get a net that is too small, you will not be able to scoop the fish up easily and will be forced to try to scoop the cat up by the head or the tail, or even worse run the risk of the fish falling out of the dip net before you get it in the boat or on the bank.
If you take these items into consideration when purchasing your dip net, you will be much happier next time you use your dip net when fishing for catfish.
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