Fishing Guide

How to Land a Fish with and without Fishing Net

How to Land a Fish
Written by John Carter


Angling is a popular hobby and sport enjoyed by people all around the world. Though it may seem easy to land a fish once you have hooked it, there are many things to consider if you want to make your experience successful. Learning how to land a fish is an essential skill for any angler. Here are some tips for landing that big one:

  • Use your rod and reel to steer the fish in a specific direction.
  • Keep your hand on the rod as you reel. 
  • Slowly reel in and set the hook when you feel the fish hit. 
  • Hold on for as long as it takes to set the hook. 
  • Use the drag to help steady the fish while you work on landing it. 
  • Jerk the fish free of your hook and onto a net or a ledge in the water.
  • Once you’ve landed your catch, lift it up so everyone can see. 

When fishing, there are many different methods that can be used to catch a fish. One of the most popular methods is using a fishing net. Fishing nets have been used for centuries and are still one of the most popular ways to catch a fish. Here we guide you on how to net a fish and also discuss its pros and cons.


Some people advocate scooping the fish out of the water with your hands, but this can be dangerous if you’re not experienced. Others recommend using a landing net – a long, cone-shaped net that’s perfect for scooping fish out of the water. If you’re looking to net a fish, here are a few tips to help you out:


1. Make sure you have the right gear for the fishing net. In addition to a landing net, you’ll also need some bait and tackle.

2. Find an area with a good concentration of fish and cast your net accordingly. Remember, you want to cast beyond where the fish are currently swimming so that you have enough time to scoop them up before they swim away.

3. Cast your net into the water and wait for something to bite. 

4. When the net is in the water, slowly sweep it towards you until it forms a semicircle around the fish. 

5. Gently lift the net towards you and bring it close to your body until the fish are within reach. 

6. Once you’ve caught a fish, carefully remove it from the water. 

7. Hold the fish in your hand.

8. With your other hand, grab the landing net and scoop up the fish with it.

9. Reach into the net and grab the fish’s tail. 

10. Once you have a firm grip on the fish, lift it out of the net 

11. Use one hand to hold the fish and use your other hand to gently hold its mouth open.

12. Cut the fish’s throat with a sharp knife or scissors. 

13. Once you have cut the throat, lift the fish out of the net and let it catch its breath in your hands. 

14. With your fingers, gently massage the fish’s gills.

15. Now, you can remove the hook from the fish’s mouth and prepare it for cooking.


 Pros of Fishing Net

There are many advantages to using a fishing net to land a fish. One of the biggest advantages is that you can use a net to catch multiple types of fish. A net can also be used in deeper water, where other methods might not be as effective, such as using a hook and line.

Cons of Fishing Net

Commercial fishing nets are designed to maximize the amount of fish caught in a single haul. While this may be good for the fishermen, it is not so good for the fish. When a fish is caught in a net, it can often become entangled in the mesh, leading to injury or death. In addition, large nets can indiscriminately scoop up smaller fish and other aquatic creatures, which are then crushed or suffocated in the net.

How to Land a Fish without a Net

There are two main ways to land a fish without a net: 

1. Swinging the fish out of the water 

2.   Lipping the fish. 

How to Land a Fish without a Net

1. Swinging the fish out of the water 

Swinging the fish out of the water is done by quickly lifting the fish out of the water with your hand and then releasing it back into the water. This method can be used when you are fishing from a boat or from shore. When you are swinging the fish out of the water, your arm should be straight and slightly bent. The elbow should be around 30-45 degrees away from your body. Your arm should be placed at about the same level as your eye. To keep your hand steady, you could use a rod holder or a pole with a line attached to it.

Swinging the fish out of the water 

Swinging the fish out of the water Pros and cons 

There are many debates on whether or not to swing a fish out of the water when you are fishing. Some people swear by it, while others think it is unnecessary and can actually do more harm than good. Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of swinging a fish out of the water.

  • It is much safer for the fish when you are handling it out of the water.
  • It is an easy way to release a fish that you have caught.
  • The fish tend to move more naturally, making it easier to reel them towards the boat.
  • You will additionally lose the fish when using this technique, as the smaller the fish, the more difficult it is to land.

2. Lipping the fish

Lipping the fish is done by grabbing the fish with your hand and then quickly putting your thumb over its gills to keep it from swimming away. This method can only be done when you are fishing from a boat. 

To lip the fish, you should hook your thumb into one of the corners of the fish’s mouth. Then push forward with your thumb and pull up on the fish with your hand. The head of the fish will follow your motion, and it may be necessary to lift slightly when pulling up.

 Lipping the fish


Lipping the Fish Pros and Cons

Lipping is a method where a fish is lured close to the boat. This method has pros and cons that should be considered before using it. 

The main pro of lipping is that it is an effective way to catch fish. Because the fish are lured close to the boat, it is a good choice for beginners or those who are not comfortable casting a net. 

The main con of lipping is that it can be dangerous for both the fisherman and the fish. If done incorrectly, lipping can cause serious injuries to both parties. 

About the author

John Carter

Hi, I'm John and living in Florida. I'm a well-known writer and known to be the author of most of the articles published on various fishing reel sites. I am an avid fisherman and expert when it comes to fishing reels. I'm also a part-time lecturer in the university and conduct classes on fishing reels and fishing rods.