Q: Can you tell me what is the best way to safely net a fish when work­ing in a very strong tide?

Sea Angler (UK) - - Sea School -

Micky Bennett, Crewe, Cheshire

DL says: When at­tempt­ing to net a fish in a fast flow of water, the prob­lem arises when the fish sur­faces out of reach of the net, and ei­ther starts to spin, or mas­sively in­creases the load on your tackle by open­ing its mouth.

the best tech­nique is for the an­gler to move as far for­ward in the boat’s cock­pit as he can, while the man with the net re­mains at the aft end. hope­fully, the fish will be in reach of the net when it breaks the sur­face, but be pre­pared to ease the fish back into the net, as pulling the net against the tide is next to im­pos­si­ble.

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