To qualify for the Bassmaster Classic berth that's in play here the next two days, you're going to have to do it under Classic rules, which include no landing nets.
That's a change from the Team Championship rules in place the past two days.
It will be interesting to see if that no-nets rule becomes a factor. I'd guess not, but there seems to be a strong crankbait bite, which can produce some heartbreaks near the boat.
However, a landing net is much more effective when you've got a partner manning the net, while the other angler has both hands to use on the rod-and-reel while playing a fish.
These guys are on their own now.