We purchased this Ranger Landing Net to aid us in getting the "big one" into the boat with ease. I don't know about catching the elusive "big one", but I've been able to land several of my husband's big catches with this net.
I really love fishing. All I get to do is fish. I never catch keepers. I know, it's sad. So when my husband is reeling in a honker, I get to work the net.
The handle and eye of the net are formed from lightweight aluminum. It's extremely easy to maneuver. The handle has anti-slip grooves so it's easy to hold tight. The net is tied from super thick line and has yet to wear or tear after repeated uses.
The eye diameter is about 16 inches. Ranger Landing Nets come in several different sizes. This model is about middle of the road. We've landed up to 18-pound catfish and there was ample room to hold the fish.
The net really makes getting fish in the boat much easier. You don't have to worry about getting hooked by sticking your hand in the mouth or losing grip grabbing the body. You just slide the net under the fish and lift him in the boat.
If you are looking for a good landing net, I recommend the Ranger brand. One day I'm going to catch the "big one" so my husband can work the net. Then he can see how easy it is to use.
The fish pictured is 26 inches. The batteries in our scale were dead so I don't have a weight. However, he felt pretty heavy to me--perhaps 13-15 pounds. We fried fish that night and still have two packages of meat in the freezer.