Have you recently noticed when you use your net to get a fish in the boat, the hooks are sticking in the netting a little more frequently than they used to? And when they do, it takes way more time than it should to get them free? I may just have a solution for you.
I have been experiencing this myself for the past year or so. I planned on getting a new replacement net, but decided to try something else instead. At a variety of local stores you’ll find rubber coating in the form of a spray can, very similar to a can of your favorite spray paint. While the substance seemed to come out just like paint, upon further inspection, when it builds up, it really does form a nice rubber coating.
My immediate first thought was to slow down while applying the product, so that more of the net would be covered. Another way to make sure you’re being efficient in its application is to go with a new color of coating, such as white, red, or other colors that may be offered. I coated my very large landing net with at least 2 to 3 layers, and still had quite a bit of coating left. Once the tackiness went away and the net dried completely, I applied the remaining coating for good measure. As a result, the net looks almost like new and is ready for the upcoming season.
While the spray rubber coating has hundreds of uses, I found this particular one to be very beneficial in helping to solve a common problem. Give it a try and you’ll be on your way to spending more time fishing and less time freeing hooks from your net.