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Promar ProMesh, a Durable, Lightweight Multi-Species Landing Catch and Release Friendly Net  (continued)

Durability: The Promar's frame, handle, and thin rubber mesh netting has all survived throughout our tests but a few screws that were used didn't hold up to the saltwater environment and has started to corrode. For the LN-652, because of its size you can be sure that some anglers will want to use it for saltwater game. I would like to see this net use more corrosion resistant screws that will not corrode overtime if rinsed regularly.


Putting the two pieces together


Ergonomics: Landing net ergonomics might not seem important since you're not holding a net all day long but it is those precious few seconds when you need the net where ergonomics can make a difference. The Promar ProMesh does take ergonomics into consideration. It's built from lightweight aluminum, if you're fishing alone you will be able to handle the net with one hand. The handle is telescoping, allowing you to adjust the length to your needs and can be done quickly with a quick twist to release and another turn to lock. And lastly, the handle's far end has a lengthy portion covered with comfortable foam which is both easy to grab and won't slip when wet.


Cal controls the Rainbow trout with his fly rod as it runs under the boat after seeing the net


Application & Price: As mentioned earlier we used the Promar LN-652 on multiple species from delicate trout to hearty bass to rockcod and the net performed well with all species mentioned. In my tests I found that it can handle small fish and larger species up to 25 pounds without any issues. Promar also makes the ProMesh in smaller sizes for those not planning on needing a net of a large size as in the LN-652. And price wise the ProMesh is right on, $59.99 for the large size with solid construction and features.


Tired from battle it's time for JIP to land the fish with the Promar ProMesh



Promar ProMesh Landing Net (LN-652) (?/10)

Construction/Quality Solid construction with quality material. Only downside were the screws 8
Performance The net does a great job at landing fish. The telescoping handle makes it great to reach for those fish that surface a little further from the boat. The rubber mesh does well to not harm delicate fish 7
Price Competitive pricing 7
Features The ProMesh has a nice catch and release rubber mesh. It also features a telescoping handle that can be disconnected from the frame, and a double pin system is used at the yoke for a solid connection 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Good overall ergonomics coming from the lightweight design and easy to grip handle 7
Application Trout, bass, stripers, rockcod and lingcod were the species we tested it on. From freshwater lakes to the California Delta to the Pacific ocean the net did a great job and landing fish after fish. The rubber mesh is a plus for catch and release anglers. 7.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Lightweight L Screws corrode
J Solid double pin yoke L Small meshed holes keep hooks out but if it does get in it could be harder to remove
J Catch & Release rubber mesh  
J Durable construction  

Conclusion: Anglers, including myself, have lost fish worthy of bragging rights at that last second when attempting to land a fish without a net. Finding that right net seems simple but isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. It all really depends on your unique application and personal fishing style. The Promar ProMesh landing net is a great all around net and features a lightweight aluminum construction that makes it easy for an angler to use when fishing alone. The entire net is built solid and has features that make it a quality catch and release net. If a landing net is what you need and you want to apply it towards multiple species of fish across both the fresh to saltwater spectrum, the Promar ProMesh LN-652 size is a good one to consider.











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