Fishing from a long pier extending well into the ocean is a lot of fun, and you can hook some monsters. So how do you get the fish up through the air and onto the pier, especially if you want to release it? With a pier net, also called a bridge net. It's essentially a hoop net on a long rope that you lower to the fish, lead it into the net, then lift the fish. It can take more than one person to bring up a big one, but in many cases, it's the only good way!