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Cabela's Fold-Away Landing Net
Author: Dan Carlson
Space can be a precious commodity in a boat, especially when fishing, and anything that can be done to reduce the amount of room essential gear takes up is very useful. That's where Cabela's Fold-Away Landing Net comes in.
This full-sized net breaks down into a lightweight 10" x 39" package and fits into a convenient storage sleeve with a shoulder strap. Not only does this make it easy to store and transport by taking less room, but it also keeps the net from getting tangled in other gear on the way to and from the lake.
I field-tested the Cabela's Fold-Away Landing Net on a recent pike-fishing trip to North central Minnesota with my family. The cabin I rented for the week came with a small aluminum rowboat on which I mounted a 6hp Nissan outboard for getting around the small lake. By the time three anglers and their gear got into the boat, there wasn't a whole lot of room left over. The beauty of the Cabela's Fold-Away Landing Net was that we were able to keep it in the folded configuration on the side of the boat until someone called out, "Fish on!"
To deploy the net for landing a fish, the first step is to open the 1/2" heavy-duty extruded-aluminum frame of the net basket, something that gravity alone can do when the net is picked up. The user then slides the rearmost section of the net's frame forward along the handle and over a stainless steel spring-loaded retaining stud that locks the net in a fully extended position at the end of the 39" heavy-duty aluminum handle.
Then the net is fully deployed and ready to scoop fish into the boat. Once the fish is in the livewell or released, simply depress the spring-loaded retaining stud at the base of the frame with your thumb, slide the frame rearward along the handle, fold the sides of the net frame up and stow it until the next fish is hooked. Every time we hooked a fish, all anglers in the boat were able to reel in their lines and someone was able to retrieve and deploy the Fold-Away Landing Net with plenty of time to spare before the fish was brought alongside for netting. A person with average dexterity could probably deploy and then take down and stow the net at least twice in the amount of time it took to read this paragraph.
The net material itself is knotless, fish-friendly, tangle-free coated nylon mesh. We caught many northern pike in the 24" to 31" range and the net handled each and every one of them with ease. Pike are toothy, aggressive fish with a nasty reputation for being hard on landing nets, but at the end of a week of pike fishing my sample model of the Cabela's Fold-Away Landing Net was none the worse for wear.
If you fish from small boats, canoes or in any watercraft where space is at a premium, consider using a landing net that takes up far less of it and get yourself a Cabela's Fold-Away Landing Net.
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