Mitch,back in the day,we never used a net on a king or a cobe.. It simply took too long! We could have one gaffed and on the deck in half the time,in most cases.. I've seen days when there were over 40 kings gaffed on the deck!! Not the first one netted. Never saw a cobe lost that way either we would put one in it,if it was a biggun we would put more,as many as 3 were put into one cobe I caught in 78!Still got my old stainless 4prong gaff. Oh,to have those days back again.. If it is legal,and we are catching stripers,with no net,gaff it is,as long as the fish is waaaaaaaaaaaay beyond the size limit,say 35 incher at least,you should be able to see that even from 20ft in the air.. Other than that,without a net,ya just pop them off,we've done that with drummies,when there is no net,it breaks right were your shock ties to swivel... In most cases where they are under 28in anyway,I could handline them,if there is no net,in that way,there is no swivel or hook for them to have to contend with.. Course with this new "popup net",I should be able to cart that thing out with my buggy,so they'll always be a net out there...mitchmtm1 said:Suppose you are fishing from a pier with no pier net only a pier gaff and you have a nice big schoolie whooped on his side....What then break him off trying to pull him/her up? I think I need to invest in a new pier net now that I'm thinking about it.
NOT stiring the sh, just wondering what most people would do.