The Promar ProMesh comes in various sizes but I've opted for the largest,
LN-652, because I want to be able to utilize it for a wider range of fish. The ProMesh
landing net was put against Delta stripers and largemouth bass, Pacific rockcod
and lingcod, and Crowley trout in the Eastern Sierras.
Telescoping handle goes from 26 to 48 inches
I've been through many freshwater and saltwater nets, and having a solid net to
land that prized fish is an absolute must. Promar did a good job with the ProMesh,
LN-652 model has an absolute rigid yet lightweight construction. Both the hoop
frame and handle are fabricated from durable aluminum tubes. The yoke is made of
thick nylon for greater strength and toughness.
Netting a hefty 11 pound Cabezon
One key feature that you will see on the
Promar ProMesh net is that they use a double pin in the yoke to join the frame and
handle. Most nets you see on the market uses one pin and that creates play and
can feel very sloppy when landing fish. The double pin that the ProMesh uses
held up well and gives zero play at critical loading
points. One thing I did find was that it's much harder to disassemble the handle from
the hoop because of the double pin design. This isn't a major issue
because when retracted the overall length isn't that long and can be tossed in
the back of a vehicle or boat locker easily.
Speaking of handle, the ProMesh has a
telescoping handle that extends to 48 inches. This was especially good for those species
that just didn't want to get close to the boat and would surface further out.
And in some of our tests when fully extended the entire assembly felt sound even
with a big load in the net, but you should always apply proper netting
After netting Zander lips the Cabezon
Netting: The netting on the Promar
ProMesh net is very similar to many of the new catch and release style of rubber
meshes. The LN-652 has a thin and smooth rubber mesh that's great for catch and
release especially on sensitive species like trout. The team utilized the Promar
net at Crowley Lake in the Eastern Sierras over the summer for those hard
fighting yet fragile Rainbows and each time we are able to net, photo, and
release them without harm.
Cal battles a Crowley Rainbow Trout while JIP
waits to net the fish with the ProMesh
The netting is great for those big trout but
is also great for those tougher and meaner species such as bass, stripers, and
rockfish. Tough spins, vampire-teethed Lingcods, and death rolls couldn't do any
damage to this thin and smooth yet durable rubber mesh.
A fine rubber mesh is used on the Promar
Netting that has small holes means that it is
harder to get your hook tangled in the mesh but the disadvantage is that when you
do get a hook snagged on the mesh it can be equally hard to get out as well. This
happened a few times fishing Megabait LiveJigs with a single treble hook at the
end of the metal jig. Bringing up large Cabezones or Lingcods, after you net
the fish they sometimes roll voraciously. If all three
treble points hook through the mesh holes at various points, it can take you
some time and delicate pliers work to undo. When I tested the Promar
Dan Hernandez in the past, that net had large mesh holes, you're
guaranteed to get your hook snagged in the netting but it was easy to remove the
fish and lures the vast majority of the time.