While not absolutely necessary for the pleasure angler, there is something pleasant about seeing what you’ve caught at the end of a session. A few sensible guidelines apply however. A decent keepnet should be made of soft, fish-friendly material and not be less than 2.5 metres in length. Fish come to little harm provided you extend the net fully (you can do this by stretching the end out with a net handle or pole sections). If there is regular boat traffic it is also much safer to use a long bank stick to stake out the bottom end to prevent collapsing.
Fish should always be lowered, not dropped or thrown, into a keepnet. Responsible anglers also ensure that fish have ample space and, in warm conditions when oxygen levels are low, keepnets should be used only for shorter periods, or not at all. Some species, such as pike and large carp, should never be retained in a keepnet – and indeed many fishing clubs ban this practice.
Cape Coral Canal Fish Species Photo Gallery
These are an essential purchase for the specimen angler. They should be wetted when a big fish is placed on one, and a large mat is sensible for long or bulky species like carp and pike. They also come in handy when photographing your catch; placed beneath your prized fish they could make the difference between a soft landing and a fatal drop.
I also like a foldable mat for roving sessions, as they are lighter than a seat but still protect the backside. Last but not least, a damp mat is also a much kinder way to lay out a catch of fish such as bream or tench with no risk of damage.
Seats and Seat Boxes
Without going into vast detail, somewhere to sit comfortably is another requisite fishing item Collapsible seats come in many guises. Some of the purpose-made fishing chairs are excellent; they should be portable as well as comfy though, so do test these for lightness. A comfortable shoulder strap is another must if you walk any distance to reach your swim
For long pole fishing there is only one serious choice for the towpath and that is the seat box. These provide not only useful storage, but keep the angler in a comfortable, raised position to handle several metres of pole. The best have legs that adjust to uneven banks, and a wealth of compartments and add-ons. The options are many, but bait waiters and side trays are especially useful to keep you from continually stooping or straining as you reach for your essentials.
Your choice of seat may not be as exciting as the latest rod, but no angler wants back-ache so do pick wisely. Online ordering can be cheap, but nothing beats trying out and buying items at your local tackle shop, whose local advice and personal service can’t be matched by any website.
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