How to Build a Fishing Net

How to Build a Fishing Net
Landing a fish without a net adds unnecessary stress in the struggle between the angler and his catch. Building a simple landing net is quick and can save you from the aggravation of pulling a fish from the water into your boat or onto a dock. The weight and stress from fighting fish that is suspended in the air can be enough to snap your line, incurring not only a lost fish but also wasted money on a lure.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • PVC hoop with an 18-inch diameter
  • Nylon fish netting, 48 inches by 12 inches with a narrow weave
  • 2 galvanized wood screws
  • 3-foot-long by 1-inch-thick wood rod
  • Hacksaw
  • Sewing machine
  • Drill with Phillips head bit
  • Felt pen
Step 1
Align the wood rod perpendicular to the PVC hoop and press them flush. Mark the outside of the wood rod onto the hoop with a felt pen and then cut that section out of the hoop.
Step 2
Fold the 12-inch edges of the net to overlap the rest of the net by 2 inches. Sew the folds in place using a short stitch on a sewing machine, creating tubes along the 12-inch edges of the net.
Step 3
Lay the net out on a flat surface and then fold it in half width-wise so the 12-inch edges meet. Sew along the two 24-inch edges from the fold up to the bottom of the tube you created in Step 2.
Step 4
Slide the tubes at the top of the net over the PVC pipe, using the hole in the hoop as an access point.
Step 5
Insert the wooden rod into the gap in the PVC pipe so it protrudes from the hoop, acting as a handle. Drill screws through the PVC pipe at an angle from the inside of the hoop, so they grip into the wood handle and hold it in place. Make sure to stagger the screws so they don't collide inside the wood rod.

Tips & Warnings

Use netting with smaller holes if you are catching bait fish.
Use sturdier netting and increase the dimensions if you are saltwater fishing.
If you plan on catching large fish, be sure to use thicker screws to provide more support for the handle.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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