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landing net

noun, Angling.
a small, bag-shaped net with a handle at the mouth, for scooping a hooked fish out of the water and bringing it to shore or into a boat.
Origin of landing net
First recorded in 1645-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We had no landing net and he attempted to lift it out by the line, when snap went the hook and the fish was free!

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • The landing net was useless for one of his size, and I would not have him gaffed.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7 Charles H. Sylvester
  • If the chub run large (two pounds or more), you will have to use stout tackle, or even carry a landing net.

  • I resolved then not to mention the sluice and the landing net at all—ever.

    The Tent Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • He would rather whip a stream for trout than go after dollars with a landing net.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • Bob reached over to get him in the landing net when off he went again.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
  • He invited Priscilla to go with him and carry his landing net.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • The man wanted to sell us what he called a "landing net," but I took a good look at it and pinched Aggie.

  • This net appears to have been used either as a landing net, or for the purpose of carrying the fish when taken.

  • He had no landing net, and reaching over the side with net or gaff would have been a risk at best.

    The Secret Cache E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
British Dictionary definitions for landing net

landing net

(angling) a loose long-handled net on a triangular frame for lifting hooked fish from the water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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