On my Larson, a net is handy, because of the gunwales. *However, fishing out of my one man pontoon, no net. *I've caught many walleye, bass, catfish and pike without a problem. *For Crappie, a net is nice. *Crappie just taste so good and fall off way to easy.
*And as far as trout, once again, a net is nice. *They just won't stop flopping around. *Catfish, no net, once their head is up they'll glide right in. *