How Do I Make a Homemade Fishing Net?

How Do I Make a Homemade Fishing Net?
Once you bring that fighting fish into your vicinity, it's a shame to see it lost when you pull it up out of the water only to have it wriggle off the line or see the line snap. Using a fishing net helps alleviate this problem, letting you scoop underneath the fish before the potential escape happens. You can make your own handheld fishing net with a few old odds and ends found at garage sales or around the house as well as some specialty fabric and hardware store finds.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Old tennis or racquetball racket
  • Scissors
  • 20 plus small zip ties
  • 1 yard fine mesh netting fabric
  • Cork grip tape
  • Lacquer and sponge brushes
Step 1
Cut out all the string from a tennis or racquetball racket. Decide if you want the additional reach an old tennis racket has, or if you want a larger head where the net will form, found on the racquetball racket. Cut off any excess string at the attachment holes on the edge of the rackets.
Step 2
Place mesh netting fabric over the edge of the sport racket, and pull down into the middle of the racket head on the netting, making a net. Pull until the fabric is down between 12 to 18 inches below the racket head.
Step 3
Thread the zip ties through the holes on the edge of the racket and through the nearest hole on the fabric near each individual hole. Tighten and attach the zip ties so the fabric becomes locked into place, making a firm net.
Step 4
Trim and cut away excess fabric from the edge of the racket head and trim off all excess plastic from the zip ties so the edge has no protruding plastic pieces or mesh fabric.
Step 5
Wrap extra cork handle tape around the butt end of the racket onto the handle to the desired width suitable for your grip size. Lacquer the racket to your preferred color scheme and let dry.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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