If you’ve used a heavy net, you know how cumbersome they can be. If you stick ’em any more than a foot into the water, pulling ’em up quickly can be tricky. As soon as that fish hits the bottom of the net, every second you leave it in the water is an opportunity for it to escape. 

Depending on the model you choose, these nets weigh anywhere from 1.3 pounds to 1.65 pounds. They’re simple to operate with one hand if you’re fishing solo and very easy to remove from the water quickly and smoothly. 

Just because it’s lightweight, however, doesn’t mean it’s flimsy. You can beat it up and toss it around the boat without any bending, warping or loss of structural integrity.