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 landing net was useless for one of his size, and I would not have him gaffed.
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.
He would rather whip a stream for trout than go after dollars with a landing net.
Bob reached over to get him in the landing net when off he went again.
He invited Priscilla to go with him and carry his landing net.
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.