Palaniuk is a master at landing fish on light lime. I know, he lost two good ones early this morning, but he is masterful at playing the fish out and grabbing them by hand.
Many people wonder why landing nets are not allowed in the Elite Series. The net ban stretches back to the beginnings of B.A.S.S. competition. Ray Scott was insistent that anglers land their fish by hand. Not only does it add challenge to the game, but it makes for great TV, he reasoned.
Many pros would love to have the advantage of the landing net around these hard fighting smallmouth. I don't blame them.