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We, here at Angling Direct, believe in the importance of having the right tools for the job – that’s why we’re proud to offer the UK’s largest selection of carp, coarse/match, specialist, predator, sea, and fly fishing tackle. A net is essential to every angler, as it is the only tool you can confidently use to land your catch safely each time. A high quality net also ensures that you can practise proper fish care on the bank and it ensures that you never cause any damage to your catch in the delicate process of removing them from their watery home. This is why it is important to make a net choice which is right for your style of angling and each of the nets we stock have been designed for a specific purpose.
Carp Fishing Nets
Carp fishing is one of the most popular disciplines of the sport and, as such, we have a wide selection of nets available which have each been specially designed for the carp angler. Carp fishing nets are defined by their long arms, wide gape, deep mesh, and long handle. A combination of these four things will usually lead you to a top quality net, which will be more than capable of landing your next personal best carp and each element is absolutely integral to the landing of your catch.
As a general rule of thumb, carp fishing nets tend to offer arms of approximately 42 inches in length. This is a good average length as it ensures that the net is long enough to be able to land the vast majority of the UK’s carp. You will also find carp net arms as small as 36 inches or a long as 50 inches. The shorter arms can still comfortably hold most UK carp, well up into their double figures, whereas the longer arms are ideal for the angler who regularly travels to the continent to enjoy the best of the huge carp that European waters have to offer. These larger nets can also cope with some of the catfish on the continent, too, making them a versatile option for the angler who likes to travel for their fishing.
One thing to bear in mind is that arm length will often dictate how wide the gape of the net is. The traditional carp net is triangular in shape and, as such, whichever angle the arms spread, combined with their length, will determine how wide the net is. This is important as the gape is the element of the net you use to get around your fish and it is one of the reasons that carp anglers tend to favour longer arms on their nets. Whilst we are talking about gape it is also important to talk about the other end of the net head – the spreader block. Usually manufactured from a durable plastic, but sometimes manufactured from aluminium, this is the area of the net that holds the arms in place and attaches the head of the net onto the handle. Understandably, then, this is an area of the net that suppliers pay a lot of attention to during the design. If the spreader block fails, you’ll have a useless net on your hands, no matter how high quality the mesh or how sturdy the handle.
The mesh of the net will vary, depending on the manufacturer, but all will use ‘fish friendly’ styles. Fish friendly mesh is not abrasive, so the fish won’t damage their delicate scales, should they be thrashing around in the net. Most manufacturers tend to use a hex-mesh pattern, which is often considered to be the softest mesh pattern available. Others will use two different meshes in their nets. These tend to be a wide mesh in the top of the net, allowing good water flow through, and denser mesh on the base, to better protect your catch. Carp nets tend to be fairly deep, as they are sometimes used for retaining carp in the water immediately after capture or prior to release. Retaining fish is important as it gives them time to recover before being either put under further stress (being lifted from the water for weighing and photographs) or released back into the water. A deep mesh allows you to do this.
Finally, the net has to have a high quality handle. Most carp nets come with 6ft (or approximately 185cm) handles. This is a good average length, as it allows you to keep your rod tip high whilst you’re landing your capture. Some nets will also come with a 3ft handle extension. A longer handle is ideal for the angler who uses 13ft rods, as when you’re solo-landing a fish it can sometimes be difficult to keep the tip in the air when you’re trying to reach with a 6ft handle. It is also perfect for the angler who uses zig rigs in their fishing, as well as the angler who routinely tries to target high waters.
All the big hitters manufacture top nets, including the likes of Fox, Trakker, JRC, Korum, and many more. Prices can vary from nets valued at almost £200 right down to net around £20. So long as you’re looking at a landing net with a handle that has high rigidity and tensile strength and a high quality mesh, then chances are you’re looking at a high quality landing net. Most anglers will spend between £50 and £100 on their landing net.
Coarse Fishing Nets and Match Fishing Nets
Coarse fish tend to be on the smaller side of the spectrum and, as such, they tend to require smaller nets. Rather than using two arms in a triangle formation, most coarse nets tend to be spoon shaped, using one arm bent around that attaches to the spreader block at both ends. When you’re looking at net sizes these tend to be determined by the width of the net, taken from the two furthest points across the spoon shape. Since you’re more likely to be fishing for coarse fish in a river, rather than from a still water, the two flow mesh is used regularly in these nets. You might see the two different mesh types expressed in different colours or it might be obvious from the stitching pattern. Once again, the first mesh type will have wider holes, allowing for better water flow through the net. The second mesh type will be much finer, and therefore softer for the fish.
As opposed to carp fishing nets, coarse fishing nets tend to be available to buy separately from their handles. This allows you to choose the perfect landing net handle length for your needs. You can get landing net handles between 2m and 4m in length, which is considerably longer than most carp landing net handles. This is because the length of the handle often reflects the length of the tool that you’re using to fish with and coarse fishing is often done with a pole, rather than a rod. Poles can be anywhere between 10m and 16m in length and, even when shipped in, require a longer landing net handle in order for you to easily reach your fish.
If you enjoy match fishing then chances are that you’ll want to invest in a keepnet, too. Keepnets do what they say on the tin – the give you somewhere to keep your fish for the duration of your match. Incredibly deep, keepnets can hold a large number of fish, ready for weighing at the end of your session to find out your total for the match. You can use keepnets outside of a match fishing scenario but you do need to be somewhat careful of the rules of the venue you’re fishing, as some waters ban the use of keepnets.
For a top quality keepnet you want to look out for all the classic match fishing brands. Preston’s keepnets are highly regarded in the business, as are Daiwa’s nets. Landing nets are much the same in this category, with Korum and Drennan both producing top level options. It’s hard to pitch a price scale in this category, since net heads and handles are available to purchase separately. However, with handles starting at £10 and net heads at much the same price, the options to create as cheap or as expensive a landing net as you like are fairly unlimited. Keepnets start at a little under £20 and go right up to £80, so there are options for all budgets.
Predator nets are often circular in shape, like coarse and match fishing nets, but they tend to be larger, more similar in size to carp fishing nets. The biggest difference between these nets and other landing nets is the mesh used. Predator mesh tends to be rubberised, in order to reduce the risk that a fish will bite through the net! You can us carp nets for predator fishing, too. However, if you do then you might like to choose a carp net with a slightly shorter handle. This is because you are more likely to be fishing from a boat when you’re targeting predators rather than when you’re targeting carp. A 6ft landing net handle is unwieldy and hard to balance when you’re fishing from a boat. This is why you’ll often find landing nets with 3ft handle options, too.
Big name predator brands such as Fox Rage and Catfish Pro all produce specially designed nets for the predator fishing discipline.
Once you’ve got your net, you might want to look into some accessories for it. One of the most popular accessories, particularly among carp anglers, is a net float. Net floats sit low on the handle of your landing net, flush to the spreader block. These are used, as the name suggests, to help the net to float in the water. This is ideal if you’re at a venue when you’re going to have to get into the water in order to land your fish. In these scenarios, the last thing you want to be worrying about is that your net will sink to the depths of the lake. A net float gives you the confidence to release your net, allowing you to use two hands to command your fish closer. Landing net floats often have retainers on them, which are used for clipping or otherwise securing the main body of your landing net up and out of the way. Not only useful for the mobile or stalking angler, this is excellent if you’re targeting an especially snaggy swim as it keeps your net out of the way, releasing when the weight of the fish finds its home.
In the accessories section of our net category, you can also buy spare net mesh and spreader blocks. These allow you to repair your net rather than having to invest in brand new landing net and handle. We also stock net sleeves, which have been designed to ensure that your car boot is kept damp and stink free!
We only stock nets from the markets leading brands, so you can land your catch in style and with confidence by putting your trust in a superior-quality net. We’ve gone to extensive lengths to assemble a world-class range of fishing nets to suit all angling styles and budgets alike. Square, triangle, or round – we really do stock every shape and size you could wish for, and they each have been made with a particular fish in mind.
The right net can make an incredible difference to any angling outing, and can often make the difference between the catch landed and a fish getting away. This is why we’ve hand-picked each product across our range for quality, performance, ease of handling and value for money. Our independence allows us to select the very best lines from the world’s most reputable brands. We have a full range of Daiwa nets, and as we are the leading Daiwa stockist in the country we can offer exclusive deals across their complete product range.
We’re all ardent anglers ourselves and we’ve created our own brand range of nets. All the nets in our Advanta range have been expertly constructed to meet our high standards. What’s more, we have a range of net floats and spares that fit perfectly with our nets. We’re always adding to our range with the latest in angling net innovations from all over the world, so check back regularly to see what’s new. As you can see, Angling Direct has exactly what’s needed to take your success and enjoyment to new heights.
We’re always proud to offer our advice and suggestions to angling newcomers and, with a range of budget-friendly buys that never fail to make fishing simple and successful for first-timers, we hope to ease the journey into an angling lifestyle. Our customer services team and shop staff are always happy to help, and all our contact information is available on our website.