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I am often asked questions about landing net bags, so I would like to share with you my opinions and observations. First I have found very little scientific information regarding net bag selection. There are studies* that have shown a decrease in fish mortality when using barbless hooks, there is also information that soft fabric or rubber net bags cause less injury than the hard nylon knotted net bags. Other studies have demonstrated lower fish mortality when using a landing net with a soft bag, rather than "bank landing" a fish on a gravel or grass surface. I would also...

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Spring is here and again I have avoided any sane activity all winter. It all started when I was asked a very simple question, "Have you ever?" This is a question that is highly related to the statement attributed to Bob and his famous last words, "Hold my beer watch this." Asking this question is like waving a red flag in front of a young bull, there is only one path, forward. And so began the my decent into my work shop or madness (pick one). It was there, that I crafted and created some worthy young man's Christmas present....

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Since the people in your life shopping for Christmas, won't find this blog there is very little chance it will result in you getting these under the Christmas tree, so you should feel free to buy them for your self. Over the years I have had the privilege to trial and destroy numerous tools. (Unfortunately I have had to buy them myself). Occasionally there seems to be a brand that survives long enough that I would be remiss in not relating this to the world or the two or three people that may read this blog. I have used ear...

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