In praise of a good net man

Hooking a fish like this is only half the battle. When it comes to landing it, it pays to have a good net man on hand.
Hooking a fish like this is only half the battle. When it comes to landing it, it pays to have a good net man on hand.

I am a notoriously bad net man. I am way to excitable. I rush in and take the first opportunity without much thought… Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes it ends in disaster. In short, when you catch a trophy, get someone else to net it or cross your fingers and hope the gods are on your side.

Luckily for me, when I’ve caught some of my bigger fish, I’ve had Graz by my side. Like on Saturday. I was lucky enough to hook a good trout. A very good trout for Australia. When the opportunity presented itself, Graz nailed the net shot.

Graz is the anti me. He is the ultimate net man. Calm, cool, collected. If a good shot turns bad, he pulls back in time. When a shot presents itself, there isn’t a hint of indecision. He is decisive and exact. He is the guy you want by your side when you catch a good fish. Give him the opportunity and he will take it.

Just witness his brilliant work in the video below.

So, when you are out chasing trophies or need to transfer beers between boats when under tow, make sure you have someone like Graz by your side.

A good net man is priceless. Get to know one and keep them close.

To finish, here is some more of Grazza’s great net work.

 

Cheers

Hamish

flickandflyjournal.com

Hamish Webb, Dan Firth, Graham Fifield and Lee Georgeson have been fishing the south-east Australian region since 1987. Since then they’ve become avid sportfishermen who are constantly looking for new ways to challenge themselves. They are all scientists and conservationists who are passionate about the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem in which they live. They promote understanding and appreciation of the complex socio-political, economic and environmental issues surrounding fish, fishing and fisheries, while never losing sight of the various motivations that keep them coming back. In English, that means they love all things fishing and have a damn good time on the water, and that’s all that really counts in the end!

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