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    Default Keep Net Tips and Advice

    Hi People
    I'm off to a local pond next week with my godson for a spot of bagging up (hopefully!). I've managed to acquire a keep net second hand but having not used one before I'm after a spot of advice! We'll hopefully be catching small roach, rudd, tench and crucians. The bottom ring isn't weighted so am concerned that the net won't sit right in the water? I see match anglers position such nets vertically straight down in front of them, yet others have them strung along the margin?
    Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers
    Adam

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    Default Re: Keep Net Tips and Advice

    As long as it's fully submerged to its full length without collapsing you'll be fine.

    Don't keep them in there for any longer than around 6 hrs in the summer and try to release them without rolling them down the net unless your doing it in the water.

    Is the net a modern no knot micrmesh.... fishery approved type?

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    First check that the water allows the use of keepnets many don't these days.

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    Default Re: Keep Net Tips and Advice

    Just ensure that you:

    1. Place the keepnet in as deep a water as is possible

    2. Stake out the net to avoid rings collapsing

    3. Try to site not in direct sunlight if the water is relatively shallow

    4. Check the contents regularly so as to ensure that the fish are not suffering stress, and if so release them immediately

    5. Don't retain the fish for too long, but a few hours over the course of the session should be fine.

    Hope this helps.



    PS: all assuming that keepnet use is allowed at your chosen venue

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    The best advice that I can think of is don't use it, what's the point unless your fishing in a match and have to weigh in at the end?

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    Default Re: Keep Net Tips and Advice

    PPS: Even though you are fishing a pond then please. never, ever under any circumstances put a Barbel into a keepnet . . . .

    Personally I see nothing wrong in using a keepnet as long as it is properly sited etc., and it will be nice at the end of the session for your Godson to see the catch from the day . . . .

    Enjoy . . . .

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    modern nets used properly are fine...its the way pictures are taken, weighing process and the way they are released is where all the damage occurs.

    I fish matches every week and guys that have been fishing 50 years (and say they know it all) still haven't got a clue how to do it properly.

    more often than not i'll take over the weighing process because I don't like how bad people treat the fish.

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    I feel there is no need or place for a keep net in pleasure fishing. Keep nets is one of my major dislikes in angling. Catch, picture, release. That's all you need. Why stack up fish upon one another in a cramped net. You wouldn't like it done to yourself so why fish. I think it's the easiest way to transfer diseases. Moan over

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    Default Re: Keep Net Tips and Advice

    Even if there is an argument that high quality keepnets, properly used may avoid damaging the fish badly, why take the risk?

    I honestly do not understand the want to look at a pile of silvers at the end of the day, especially as you/your godson has placed these in the net throughout the day.

    Someone will come on and talk about returned fish spooking swims blah blah blah, but honestly I don't buy that either.

    Aside from match fishing, where there is little alternative, for me there is no use for a keepnet.

    Just my opinion.

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    Default Re: Keep Net Tips and Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by iain t View Post
    . You wouldn't like it done to yourself so why fish.
    I suppose that you enjoy having a hook stuck in you. Be careful what you write it may come back to haunt you.

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