Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      How to create an @mention - Click Here   07/16/2015

      You can use the @mention aspect whenever you want someone to be notified about a post or let them know you are talking about them. Type the @ symbol type in a couple "lowercase" letters pause then once the names pop-up either select or keep typing in letters to narrow down the list until you get the @mention name you are looking for. You can play a game so members can see how it works. If you want to practice or If your name has been @mentioned below you should see it in your notifications (upper right) and you then have to @mention one or two members who haven't been mentioned inthe comments section below. Let's see how long we can keep this going. Anyone who duplicates a name that has already been @mentioned loses. This is the first group to be @mentioned to get the ball rolling: @Borch @Scott K @Corey Bechtold @Matt Johnson @mrklean @eyeguy 54 @Finns @IceHawk @MarkB @Cliff Wagenbach @Wayne Ek
Sign in to follow this  
HugoBox

Net Saver?

Recommended Posts

A couple weeks ago Muskie46 lost his net on his PB in the dark alone. Got me to thinking of how easy that could happen. Do you think the spray foam insulation stuff sprayed into the handle would keep it afloat. I don't think it would add much weight - I may give it a try. Any thoughts?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

consider a rope on the net handle tied off to the boat cleat. if by chance a musky gets away with the net they could probably cause some trouble unless it's actually connected to the boat.

foam is a decent idea but i can easily see a fish taking the whole works to the bottom and hanging up in the weeds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My guess would be that the spray foam would be a good start, but you would probably end up with a suspending, and maybe a rattlin net. I bet you would have to add a large foam float to the handle or something to add buoyancy. Just a guess though. Curious to know how it works...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like both ideas (foam in handle and rope)... just be sure you check that you have the net in the boat before starting up the motor otherwise imagine the damage a net could do to the prop and the lower unit...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think you would need closed cell foam, wouldn't you? I don' tthink the spray stuff would work, just mess up a nice net. Maybe try to cut and shove down the tube a piece of those kids foam floaties?.... Or a big piece on the outside, just above the hoop, that would be big enough to float the net. Sort of like the old fashioned ski belts... you need to be at least as old as me to remember those, ha!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's all part of an organized boat and the pre-planned routine of how to handle a fish once netted for me really. Not like I've boated 100s but I do have the routine well laid out.

I don't think I'd want 4 feet of a buoyant foam filled handle when I'm trying to get a net under a fish to be honest. That's why their hollow, and not solid steel posts, lighter and easier to move. I also don't think I'd want another teather or cord, just one more thing to trip over, snag a hook on, etc. (I'm prone to things like that). I'll simply wrap the net around the front or rear cleat if I have to.

Granted I'm not in 3 foot rollers on LOTW but the simpler the easier.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok, this is what I just did. I think it will work out quite well.

Drilled a hole at the bottom of the net and threaded about 18" of rope through. Knot one end and put a metal clip on the other. Whamo! Next time you get a fish in the net clip that rope around something sturdy (near the center of the boat). In my case my swivel seat in the rear, which is especially good when fishing alone then you can net the fish, harness the net to the seat and get your hook removal tools/tripod camera set up hands free without worrying about the fish in the net.

I cut my rope long enough to have the net parallel to the water, but not too much to have enough slack in the rope to make a quick exit for a fish. And, before the fish is in the net have the rope wrapped around the handle and clip the end to the base so it doesn't whip around and get in the way.

I guess it would also work during transportation too.

Haven't tried her out yet, but it looks like it will do the trick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a net with a foam filled handle for wally fishing. It was just fine. Not too buoyant as to change netting action, but enough to keep it from sinking if it happened to go overboard. (which it did once!)

No way it will keep anything from swimming down with it though.

I've yet to boat my first muskie as I've only gone dedicated ski fishing once (Thanks Frogtosser for going along!) but like others have said you'll need a good plan and my bet is some way to secure the net so when you get her in there you can treat her right and let her go without undue stress or harm.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • We saw some good bucks this weekend but couldn't quite seal the deal on any of them...my son smoked his second one with the ML this afternoon after talking me in to going out when we should have been packing to leave for home...(: found a big deadhead this morning too...deer were super spooky but saw plenty...time to pack all the hunting gear away and focus on ice!! 
    • I know, you hear about them everyday in the News burning and terrorizing the good atheist folks of Belle Plaine MN.
    • Are the houses built on an order basis only?   How long did your build take from order to delivery?
    • The one I installed in my previous house was the same way. Like Tom said, be sure to watch the humidity levels. When they get too high you can start to get mold growth. I always watched the windows. When they'd start to get a lot of condensation on them I'd turn it down.   Be sure to check the filter at least once a year. I lived in town and still had to replace the filter every year because of buildup on the filter. When it would get clogged the water would pretty much run straight down to the drain in the bottom. 
    • Looks different to me, or probably just the light and shade difference.
    • I still planned to shoot my ML some, even not going hunting.  Pretty much out of primers and getting low on white hots so I swung into the Baxter FF on my way to Winnie for the weekend. They were completely out of primers and had just gotten restocked that day with propellants.  The counter guy said they went through a ton of ML supplies this year, owing the surge to scopes being allowed.  I bought some Buckhorn to try out and will have to get primers later. Anyone with a last day story to tell?
    • i think those jackknife couches are 72 inches but not positive, will check on that.  The back dinette bed would be almost 8 feet wide. Here are some more pics of the furnace, batteries, and hydraulic system under the couch.  Also the Biffy and closet in the front, the stereo system with Bluetooth, some USB charging ports next to it, cabinet for the satellite receiver with all connections tucked inside.  Pic of the outside 30 amp generator plug in and propane tanks.  Has lights over the tanks and entry door.  You can connect whatever you want to the tv, so yes a water camera would work on that.  Hoping to get on the ice next weekend!!  Good luck to all...
    • Meh, I can protect myself just fine with or without a $1000 rifle. My $100 Hi-Point .45 will make you just as dead as that AR. It's more than likely one of those crazy arse Christians that I need to protect myself from.
    • Yea, well down in Belle Plaine you got all those gun toting Christians to protect your ars!
  • Our Sponsors