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Old 07-29-2016, 07:34 AM
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I was hoping there might be some equipment or technique suggestions to make netting easier.
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I was hoping there might be some equipment or technique suggestions to make netting easier.
I have never fish out of a kayak, except running catfish lines.

I would try keeping the butt end of the rod up against my body and hold the rod about a foot above the reel. This should give better control and allow enough leverage to pull in a big Red after letting it get tired out.

I would hold the net handle about a foot from the end and keep the end of the handle up against the forearm to increase leverage.

Also, I would allow him to practice this, catching many many big Redfish.
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I have never fish out of a kayak, except running catfish lines.

I would try keeping the butt end of the rod up against my body and hold the rod about a foot above the reel. This should give better control and allow enough leverage to pull in a big Red after letting it get tired out.

I would hold the net handle about a foot from the end and keep the end of the handle up against the forearm to increase leverage.

Also, I would allow him to practice this, catching many many big Redfish.
Great ideas. Thanks.
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Nice fish there. Congrats to that young man!


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Does dad also have a kayak for fishing ?
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:19 PM
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Does dad also have a kayak for fishing ?
I wish!

We share the kayak, which means I fish from the beach and watch my son in the kayak most of the time.

He might leave it when he goes to college.
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:33 PM
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I find that a net with a shorter handle makes it easier to net fish from my kayak. A good example would be the EGO Wade net. Since ya'll are targeting some larger species, the medium sized net works perfect for those slot and over slot reds. Also, it floats and has rubber netting which is quicker for getting hooks out and less tangle. Also healthier for the fish if releasing them.

Another tip, use shorter rods if fishing from a kayak. Much easier to keep hands on the grip and land fish. Grabbing a rod by the middle of the blank severely increases the likelihood of breaking in half. From experience, I can tell you it will happen.

So, shorter net handles and shorter rods (6' to 7' should be plenty) will make it easier. Also, let the fish tire out. Make sure drag is set well and when the fish tires, he is much easier to net.
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