That is obviously a saltwater scenario from what I can find,(requiring a landing net) but if I
have even the remote possibility
of wrestling a muskie or an alligator gar or even a northern pike up between my legs, thrashing and tossing
a crankbait with multiple treble hooks
sticking out of it's toothy mouth within inches of my family jewels, I'd
feel like an idiot without a net. As far as a PFD, especially if you are wearing waders I want want one along just in case. This is just common sense. I am a strong swimmer but have you ever tried to swim in waders?? Or have you ever had a muscle spasm or just a common cramp while in the water, much less a heart attack or a dizzy spell or WHATEVER?? Safety first is my cup of tea no matter what the law says at the time. As always, just my humble opinion and I'm 55 and I haven't drown yet. I've sure read about a TON of drownings though, haven't you??