Re: Nets: Is there a "best style" ? Like asking for an average size bolt.
I've been fielding a Brodin float tube/pan, ghost net.
Clear net doesn't spook'em so much, is fish friendly, light weight, and has a slightly longer handle for switch rod users, or tubing.
Hoop is 18", but no wider than my shoulders. Nice for walking through bushes.
I use the larger gear retractor. on my vest back.
The fish will thank you.
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.