Best 5 Bait Nets Under $20

Are you in the market for a new bait net? I tend to look for bait nets that are durable and have a deep bait well. I also like my bait nets to have a fairly long handle. I know of five bait nets that work well, have the features that I like and are priced less than $20. Here they are:

1. Floating Livewell Net

The Floating Livewell Net made my list for a few reasons. For starters, it floats. Therefore, I don't have to worry about having it sink to the bottom of the river when I accidentally drop it. It is also lightweight but durable. It comes with an 18 inch long handle and a net well that is 6 inches deep. That gives me ample reach and allows me to scoop up a decent amount of bait fish each time. The net tends to sell online for less than $12.

2. Baitwell Net

The Baitwell Net is a good choice for anglers that want a lightweight bait net that has an adjustable handle. The adjustable handle will extend to 36 inches, which is great if you are trying to cover a large area. It comes with a 6 inch deep bait well and it seems to hold up to repeated use. There is another model that is similar only the handle is fixed and doesn't extend beyond 18 inches. Prices for the bait nets typically range from $15 to $17 depending on the retailer.

3. Frabill Net

What I like about the Frabill Net is its D-shaped bait well. It is perfect for getting into areas where other nets can't. It comes with an 18 inch handle and a decent size bait net. I also like the price. It generally sells online for less than $7.

4. Promar Floating Bait Net

The Promar 8 inch x 9 inch Floating Bait Net has several things going for it. It has a foam gripped handle which makes it easy to hold onto. It is lightweight, floats in water and has a frame guard that helps to make it durable. In most cases you can purchase one online for less than $10.

5. Jann's Netcraft Bait Dealer's Net

The Jann's Netcraft Bait Dealer's Net is another one anglers should consider. It sells online for less than $14. The 18 inch long aluminum handle gives it good reach without being cumbersome. It also features a deep and wide bait well so you can catch several minnows at one time.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family and has traveled extensively.

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Updated Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012