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What do you expect of your netman, or what do you routinely do when it's your partner that has the fish on.

What is unforgivable?

Do you accuse him of sabotage over that dollar bet?

Steer, motor, and don't hit anyone...

bring up dr balls and all gear...

just net the dam fish you moron!

Get the camera and take a series of pictures?

Call in to tuurnament control / announce it on the radio?

Get the cell phone and call your other buddy that didn;t show to rub it in?

We'll just figure it out as we go. I met him on gamefishin so he must know not to grab the rod tip.

Do you go over the routine for new partners and outline what is expected? Trial run?

Ever had a temper tantrum over a lost fish? LOL

Ever forgot the net?

Maybe share a funny disaster story like when my mainline got caught in a dangling zipper from my broken top (I should have fixed that long before losing that hog.)

This doens't have to be just for boats. A netman on shore has prespoansibilites too.

Salt and fresh lakes and rivers are a whole different set of responsibilites as well, feel free to share your do's and don'ts
 

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Jason..all of the above..lol
serious #1 get the downrigger out of the water imeadiatly if you are the net man..if it is a big fish that is the only thing you have control of.
#2..put the netman in the back of the boat in the corner next to the stern that way the net man can intercept the fish if it is looking to swim around the engine prop and cut the line
#3 do not put the net into the water unless you are going to make a serious attempt to net the fish..the net will spook the fish even more.
#4 the fish goes into the net head first
#5..dont waste time get your lines back in the water quickly especially if the bite is on and you know big kings are in the area
 

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Reminded me of one of the funnest trips I ever had on the Sound. A friend and I went out on his boat and fished around Point Defiance about July of 2000. I had just got a new Shimano Line Counter reel, we marked bait and fish at 73', I said watch this, dropped my herring to 73' on the counter, mooched up once and wham, 22 pound King on the run. I yelled grab the net, expletives followed in the search for the net, he opens up the dry box and pulls out a bamboo fly fishing trout net with about a 12" hoop on it and an 8" handle and says we'll have to make it work. It was the most skillful net job I have ever witnessed. Kinda like a cross between a two handed racquetball backhand slam and a shot put throw, Scoop, toss and into the boat it came, about 3/4 of the fish was hanging out of the net when the whole shootin' match hit the floorboards. We ended up 4/4 with that net but oddly enough, never used it since. My first words after is the gas tank full (another story) are always is the net in the boat...
 

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That girl of mine is not only adorable she is probably the best fish netter I've ever seen! I have no idea how she learned it but she has never EVER cost us a single fish Tup:
 

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About a dozen yrs. ago my buddy and I and our BOSS went up to Rivers Inlet. On our 3rd or 4th day our Boss's pole went nuts." Fish On". My buddy was at the wheel and I was on the net. This was a big fish. It took line at will. When the Boss got it close enough to see we could tell it was the biggest King we had ever seen. I was really sweating it knowing that I would be in Deep Sh#t if I crackered it. The fish made one more long run . When he finally got it to the boat it was my turn. Thank God we had a big net and the fish was really spent. It slipped into the net just as I hoped it would. Boy was I relieved. The fish weighed 65#. Biggest King I have ever seen.
 

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I had a problem with a net guy once :evil: It was out on the edmonds pier and was the biggest chinook i have ever hooked. I went by myself and did not have a landing net so i guess i cant complain to much. I hooked into the fish and there was a guy down the pier with a landing net and he came over to help me land the fish. I got it to the pier and the guy dropped the net ( Crab pot) and i turned the fishes head was not going into the net and the guy lifted it before the fish was even in and it lifted about two feet off the water and fish floped out and bam line broke. It was around 25-30 lbs and i have yet to hook another king that big :(
 

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I guess I have the best net man there is. Last year when I caught my big Rufus Woods triploid we discovered that we forgot to bring our net and my net man (fishin musician) was ready to step into the river to use his hands when the guy next to us offered us his net. How many of you have a net man willing to go swimming to get your fish for you?

I should add that when we are out with the net he never misses or scares the fish away.
 

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Last summer my daughter had a 18 lb King on. It was the biggest fish she had ever fought. My wife came up from below to get in on the excitement. I was coaching the daughter to "keep the tip up". The rod was bent over double and pointed at the water. The wife reached for the pole to grab it in the middle to help "keep the tip up". I saw her start to reach and yelled No, No, No. We got the fish into the net and then I explained the problem. We are still laughing at the near disaster.
 
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