I've been giving this serious thought all week and I've reviewed many nettings on my videos and I've learned some lessons. One of which is so obvious, I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't instinctively just know it and adapt.
My problems were all coming from having the wrong mindset. I've been thinking (and acting) that I have to bring the fish to me and then net it.
I now think that is probably exactly backwards. I think I need to bring the fish to the net and then bring the net to me.
Bringing the fish straight in definitely encourages them to take another dive. No question. The other problem with bringing them straight in close is that you have to raise the rod straight up to do that and you have no control in that position. And too much line is out.
I'm thinking the way to go is to bring the fish in until he is a rod length away and the rod is pointing just above horizontal to the water. That way, he's on a short leash, but the rod is in a good position to act as a shock absorber if he shakes and the reel drag is there as always if he runs. Instead of bringing him in to me, bring him in to the rod.
Now I will have more control to bring him over to the left side of the tube and scoop him up from below and even a little behind, I think. The thing I learned from watching the videos that should have been obvious is that the net itself scares the fish and they try to avoid it if you try to bring them into it.
My first thought was that I would hold the net down in the water off to the side and have it there as a target to lead them into, but now I'm thinking stealth netting from behind would be better if I can pull it off.
I think if I lead the fish over until he is even with my left shoulder, then I could easily bring the net up from below and behind and he wouldn't see it until he was in it. It would also mean leaning backwards to work the net instead of leaning forward.
I'm pretty sure fish have nearly 360 vision, so I doubt if their "behind them" blind spot is very big, but it can't hurt to try.
So... I'll be trying to catch and net lots of big fish this weekend... strictly for scientific purposes
I've been using an [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
but with a 14 in bow, it's not large enough for all those monster halibut I'm going to be catching soon. I think I'll move up to a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
and be ready for the big ones!