Catching your koi

Before making any attempt to catch a fish you must have the
right equipment:

  • a pan net suitable to accommodate the largest fish in the pond
  • a viewing bowl
  • a sock net


A pan net is very sha[[ow, which reduces the risk of the fish becoming entangled in the netting ln fact, this net shouLd
only be used as a guide and under no circumstances should you ever left the net out of the water with the fish in it.

you are basical[y trying to use it to shepherd the desired fish into a viewing bowl. ldeat[y. get a helper at this point to submerge one side of the bowl so that the fish can simply swim from

Catching your koi Netting a Koi single Handed

how to catch koi fish in a pond

1. Catch the koi to be inspected in a suitable size pan net.

catching your koi single-handedly step 1

2. Guide the koi to the bow with the net, then use the edge of the net to tip one side of the bowl below the water level.

catching your koi single-handedly step 2

3. Gently tip the net to transfer the koi from the net to the bowl.

how to catch your koi single-handedly step 3

Catching your koi (Netting a koi with a helper)

catching your koi with a helper step 1
Catching your koi with a helper step 1

Step 1. Ask a helper to hold the bowl as shown.

catching your koi with a helper step 2
Catching your koi with a helper step 2

Step 2 Move the net toward the submerged edge of the bowl.

catching your koi with a helper step 3
Catching your koi with a helper step 3

Step 3 Gently tip the net so that the koi swims into the bowl.

catching your koi with a helper step 4
Catching your koi with a helper step 4

Step 4 To prevent jumping, keep the water level quite low.

net into the bowl. if you have to work on your own, float the viewing bowl and half-fill it with water. Once the fish is caught, bring it to the surface and lift one side of the net so that it hooks over the lip of the bowl.

Then force one side of the bowl down into the water and simultaneously tip the fish from the net to the bowl.

The diameter of both the net and the viewing bowl must be wide enough to accommodate your largest koi. lt is advisable to opt for a floating bowl, otherwise, you may find you are spending more time lifting the bowl from the bottom of the pond than you are catching koi. when trying to catch a fish, follow a few simple rules.

These will make it easier for you to catch the koi and reduce the risk of damaging it. ldeally, leave the bowl and the koi in the water The bowl ls heavy and the water creates a suction force when lifted. There is a risk of serious back injury to the koi keeper.

1.Turn off a[t air pumps and water features so that you can see what you are doing.
2 Move the net so that its edge slices through the water This reduces drag and allows you to move the net much
more quickly.

Catching your koi using a sock net

catching your koi using net step 1
Catching your koi using net step 1

Step 1. Pull the sock net through the water to make it wet.

catching your koi using sock net step 2
Catching your koi using sock net step 2

Step 2. Coax the koi head first into the sock net.

Catching your koi using sock net step 3
Catching your koi using sock net Step 3

Step 3. Hold each end of the net and lift it out of the water.

Catching your koi using sock net step 4
Catching your koi using sock net Step 4

Step 4. Pull the sock net through the water to release the koi.

3 When bringing a captured fish to the surface. avoid any underwater returns. The pressure of the water returning to
the pond from these could force the koi into the net and cause physical damage.

4 if you are trying to catch small koi or the pond is very large. you may find it hard to catch the fish with one net. Rather
than chasing around the pond and risking accidentally bumping the fish with the net, try one of two tactics. Either ask someone to help you and give them another net so that they can keep the fish at one end while you try to catch it. If
this is not possible, lower the water level thus reducing the area in which the fish can swim.

5lf the pond is very large, netting a particular koi may prove too stressful to both yourself and the fish. In such a case it
may be advisable to get a custom-made seine net for your pond, which allows all the koi to be caught easily without

undue stress. Then you can simply remove the ones that need to be inspected and place them into a viewing bowl before allowing the others to return to the pond.

6.If a koi really is too difficult to catch, swith the pumps and aeration back on and try again, either after a few hours, or the following day.

Once you have a fish in the bowl, you may wish to move it or to inspect it more closely. There are two ways of moving fish without causing it stress and damage.

Using a sock net
Sock nets are available in various sizes. Ensure that the one you are using has a large enough diameter for he fish in question, and that it will hold the full lenght of the fish in the sock, First make sure that the whole sock is wet.

Then hold the sock net in one hand under the water in the bowl and use your other hand to persuade the fish gently into the sock head-first.

Once it is fully in the sock, hold the end of the sock in one hand and grasp the handle in the other, The sock net can then be lifted out of the water. keep the net as straight as possible.

To release the fish from the sock, simply immerse it in the water and let go of the end of the sock. Then lift the sock from the water by the handle. if done correctly the fish will swim out.

Catching your koi Using a plastic bag

If a sock net is not available, a plastic bag can be used in much the same way. The only difference is that as the bag is sealed at one end, you will have to tip the fish from the bag

1 Put the plastic bag in the bowl, half fill it with water, then coax the koi into it.

catching your koi using plastic bag step 1
Catching your koi using plastic bag step 1

2. Hold the top and one of the bottom corners of the bag.

catching your koi using plastic bag step 2
Catching your koi using plastic bag step 2

3. You can now lift the bag and move the koi as desired.

Catching your koi using plastic bag step 3
Catching your koi using plastic bag step 3

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