Musky America Magazine

Bottom line…both nets have drawbacks and selling points…I chose the Beckman and here is why: I really liked the bag configuration concept and so did the other Musky anglers with whom I consulted. Having a nice 43 inch fish in the net reinforced the belief that the decision was a good one. The hook entanglement in the smaller mesh was a problem but, ever since I had a hook driven into my hand by a thrashing Musky when I stuck my hand in the net to free it, I have adopted the practice of cutting embrangled hooks with my compound bolt cutter…so net/hook entanglement was a minor consideration. I felt that the extra weight of the net was manageable for me…you may have a different perspective for yourself. A Parting Word Both nets are good quality nets from manufacturers that stand behind their product. As more Musky anglers turn to the pre-sharpened hooks from Owner or from VMC Rapala, the need for coated nets that resist puncture of bag mesh becomes acute. If you are considering a new net for the coming season, you can probably see them at your local sport shop or at one of the Musky shows that start in January. I would encourage you to, before buying, talk with other Musky anglers and get the benefit of their experience with the net you are considering. When you are on the water with a fish tugging at your line, it is too late to discover that your net has drawbacks to its efficient use. Author's Note - Since I purchased the Beckman Fin Saver net, I have had the opportunity to use it quite a few times. I am very pleased with the lack of stress that is put on the fish when it is in the net. However, I have come to realize that the weight of the net makes it very hard to handle when fishing by one's self. I have been successful netting fish when fishing by myself but it was a real struggle. I firmly believe that the potential for a bad net job when fishing by one's self is very high.