Fishing for predator fish like pike, zander or perch almost always needs a landing net. It is often used when the fish can not be reached by hand. Although predator fish often look agressive and strong, their skin is very funerable. Fishing from the waterside you always need a landing net, unlike fishing from a boat when you can always reach the fish. But their are situations when you also want a landing net for the boat. It is important to use the net carefully, because the well-being of the fish is the most important.
From the waterside
A predator landing net, for fishing from the waterside, must meet a couple demands. Are you fishing with lures with treble hooks like crankbaits or jerkbaits, then you will definitly need a wide mesh net with rubber coating. The rubber will not only protect the skin of the fish, it will also protect the net for getting stuck in the loose hanging treble hooks. Also the wide mesh will prevend the net for getting stuck in the treble hooks less quicker. When you're fishing with deadbait, you will not have the problem with the loose hanging hooks so a fine mesh net can also be used. Because you're fishing from the waterside the length of landing net handle is important. You have to get to the fish in different circumstances, think of lots of reed or water plants as obstacles. So maybe a telescopic landing net handle could be more suitable for you and instead of a fixed handle. The net also has to be large enough and not to deep. A deep net is harder to handle from the waterside.
Fishing from a boat
Fishing from a boat demands different qualities for the right landing net. For instance, a deep net is no problem so you can give the fish all space. Because often you just keep the fish in the net and will not get it out of the water. Also, a short handle is easier to use from a boat because you have less space and you are close to fish. Wide mesh and coated nets are preferred again, because of fishing with lures. Do you want to get the fish out of the water, using your hands is better a grab them by the neck or gill grip. When you want to lay the fish in the boat, always use a wet unhooking mat.