The easiest place to carry a landing net is in a gimbal-mounted rod holder behind your seat. This works fine until you pull out the net and yank a stowed rod that got tangled with it into the water. Plus, in the heat of battle, that net handle is hard to find behind you; groping for it can get tippy.
You can resolve the problem by laying the hoop on the front deck and keeping the handle at the ready. This also works fine until a low-hanging tree sweeps your net into a river (ask me how I know).
A simple solution is to install a paddle holder to hold the net handle. It’s easy and adjusts to keep the net handle secure and out of the way, yet easy to grab.
We used a Roller-Ball Paddle Clip from RAM Mounts ($20) and a 16-inch plastic track from Scotty ($10). The only tools were a drill and a hacksaw. We mounted the track with three 3/4-inch stainless steel #10 pan head screws (16 cents apiece).
All captions: Dave Mull