What Are the Different Types of Fishing Nets? | Widely Used Fishing Nets

What Are the Different Types of Fishing Nets? | Widely Used Fishing Nets

There are over 20 different types of fishing nets used by different countries fishermen. I am not going to cover all of them but the most widely used ones.


Do I need to tell you what is a fishing net?

In case you don’t know, fishing nets are a kind of trap that catches fish. Once anglers used to use these nets. With the fishing net, you will be able to catch a bunch of fish at once depending on the net capacity.

However, let get started with the main topic and here you go.

5 Different Types of Fishing Nets

1.    Cast Net

It is a traditional net which is operated by a single person. A cast net is widely used since it is highly effective in catching a good amount of small to medium fishes.

It is a solid net and round shaped. Cast net has attached weight in all the edges which helps it to sink and trap all the fishes within it.

Cast nets are not for catching big fishes but it is good enough for catching small and medium-size fish species.

Casting this net is not easy but not hard either. You will need to master the trick of casting a cast net. There is a way of holding the net, casting the net and pulling the net out of the water. It would take a couple round of practice to be able to cast perfectly.

2.    Coracle Net

Coracle nets are small fishing boat net. Fishing with a small boat is one of the oldest fishing techniques which is rare these days.

These nets can be operated by one fishermen or two. Coracle nets are not for catching big fishes but they are an effective fishing tool for catching small river fishes.

3.    Bottom Trawling Net

Bottom trawling net is a net which is dragged by a powerful boat in the sea floor and all the deep sea level fishes within the dragging area traps in the net. Bottom trawling nets are expensive and sometimes very irritating.

Since these nets are dragged in the bottom of the see, the net catches a lot of wastes from the sea ground which causes fishermen/s to do some extra work of removing all these unnecessary things from the net.

There is another two type of trawling net, Benthal, and Demersal trawling net.

Benthal trawling is trawled in the midlevel sea that means, all the mid sea level fishes in the trawling area gets caught in the net.

And Demersal trawling net is dragging a net on upper sea level to catch the upper sea level fish species.

Except for the bottom trawling net, all these types are effective in catching big fishes. The problem with bottom trawling net is when the net gets dragged it makes the entire ground area muddy which causes a lot of fishes to avoid the way and hence they don’t get trapped.

4.    Hand Net

As the name suggests, these nets are used by hand. They are also called a dip net. A hand net is basically a big mesh basket net which hangs from a hoop.

These nets are used in small rivers and ponds, definitely not for sea or deep water fishing. You cannot catch big fishes with these nets because since it is hand operated, you are going to have a very hard time pulling a big fish out, you might end up breaking the handle of the net.

5.    Landing Net

Landing nets are manual little net. They are similar to the hand net but little in size and used to transfer caught fish from hook to the bucket. Landing nets are widely used for transferring small to medium fishes and can be done by one person.


Once fishing nets were widely used and it is decreasing day by day. Now people use giant fishing nets in the ocean to catch a large pool of fishes at once.

There is no doubt that some giant fishing nets are destroying the deep sea marine life and we should not promote that. ( Do you love crabbing? why don’t you check out top crab pots?)

Anyways, this article was all about giving all the newbies a basic idea of ancient fishing nets, there is more kind which I could cover in this article, will do someday. and lastly if you are struggling to get your hands on an ideal spinning reel, give it a look. Goodbye!

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