Angelkescher Review: Finding The Best Fishing Nets

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Fishing net test 2020

The best fishing nets in the test

For days on end the fish were fed and the weekend was kept free. The weather is perfect and the fish bite as if they had made an agreement to give you the best fishing weekend of your life. But already the first capital catch ends with the scaly friend getting off the hook and escaping back into the cool water. Finding a reason for the loss is easy: the landing net, which you gave up because it was too bulky or too expensive. Not a good idea, because besides the fact that the catch has been lost, fish can be seriously injured by improper landing. Be it due to physical strain or because the hook and the leader break off. This can be fatal for the fish, especially for fish species that should often be re-introduced due to their small size, and is anything but fair. In many fishing clubs and regions the landing net is therefore mandatory.

But which type of landing net is suitable for which purpose? One is tempted to buy a cheap landing net in a DIY store or in the shop of a sports market chain, because many people think that no special requirements are necessary. However, this is a mistaken assumption. But what types of landing nets are there actually? And what should you look out for when buying? We have tested various models.

Popular fishing nets on Amazon

Test of the predatory fish landing net: test results

We have tested the following landing nets in detail and looked at the points mobility, workmanship & quality, value for money and practical use in particular.

Tested fishing nets at a glance

Cormoran – Folding landing net 2 pcs

DataTransport length: 95 cmMaximum length: 220 cmWidth of landing net: 60 cmWeight 0,9 kgView on AmazonThe 2-piece Cormoran folding landing net is a universal landing net which can be used at trout ponds as well as in the wild for hunting zander, perch and pike. With about 23 Euro it is one of the cheapest fishing nets in the test. I have owned this net for several years and have used it to get many fish out of the water. The maximum length of 220cm means that I have had no problems either on land or on the boat, in most situations the length should be sufficient. The rubberized net is easy on the fish and the hook is much easier to release. The rod has been replaced by a movable plastic connection at the front, so that fish can be hoisted into the landing net more easily – all in all a great landing net that is not expensive and does exactly what it should. At the same time it is relatively light and can be easily attached to a rucksack due to its small packing size.    Cormoran folding landing net 2tlg – Rubberized net Cormoran folding landing net 2tlg – Folding mechanism Cormoran folding landing net 2tlg – Pack size Cormoran folding landing net 2tlg – Extension screw Cormoran folding landing net 2tlg – Stretchable net

Cormoran – Folding landing net Ultra-Strong 3tlg

DataTransport length: 105 cmMaximum length: 310 cmWidth: 68 cmWeight: 1,6 kgView on AmazonThe Cormoran Ultra Strong folding landing net is the big brother of the normal folding net. Here everything is one size stronger and bigger. This applies to the maximum length with 310cm as well as the landing net width with 70cm. Especially on long, flat groynes the length can help to land a fish gently. To guarantee the stability at such a length you use much stronger aluminium tubes, which is also noticeable in the weight. With 1,6kg the Cormoran Ultra Strong is the heaviest landing net in the test. However, it offers a top workmanship, an extremely long reach and still a small packing size. The price of about 40 Euro is absolutely ok and the front strut has been replaced by a flexible plastic connection so that fish can be landed very gently. A rubberised net is also a matter of course here. All in all an absolute recommendation for all who need a very stable landing net that can be folded to the smallest possible packing size.    Cormoran Folding Net Ultra Strong – folded Cormoran Folding Net Ultra Strong – packing size Cormoran Folding Net Ultra Strong – processing Cormoran Folding Net Ultra Strong – flexible net Cormoran Folding Net Ultra Strong – folding mechanism

Behr Big Fish Net OctaPlus Flexi

DataTransport length: 105 cmMaximum length: 200 cmNarrow width: 70 cmWeight: 1.4 kgView on Amazon The large fish landing net from Behr, called OctaPlus Flexi, is designed for large fish, as the name suggests. With a maximum net width of 68 cm, the landing net can be used very well for large pike, zander or carp. With a price of just under 40 Euros, the landing net is in the middle of the price range, the workmanship is good throughout and the net makes a very stable impression overall. The only thing that is a bit fiddly is putting the rod and the net together, because the opening does not fit perfectly and you have to use some force to fix the rod and the two print heads to the net. This has the disadvantage that the landing net is much bigger than other folding landing nets and therefore difficult to carry around, especially when carrying a backpack. All in all the OctaPlus Flexi is a good landing net, but it is not made for mobile fishing. However, if you stay in the same place, for example when sitting on a bench or on a boat, the landing net is a good choice for predatory fishing.    Behr Großfischkescher in test – Handle Behr Großfischkescher in test – Rubberized net Behr Großfischkescher in test – Folding mechanism Behr Großfischkescher in test – Plug connection Behr Großfischkescher in test – Pack size

D. A.M Effzett Foldable Spinning Net

DataTransport length: 65 cmMaximum length: 115 cmWidth: 50 cmWeight: 0.6 kgView on AmazonThe D.A.M. Effzett Spinning Net is particularly impressive when it comes to mobility. Due to its lightweight construction it weighs only 0.6 kg and is therefore perfect for spin fishing. Especially if you are on foot and change places a lot, you will be happy about the light weight: With the help of a small slider the landing net can be unlocked and folded. This is easy on the fingers and folds very well in the test. All in all, the workmanship of the landing net is very successful and is in no way inferior to the more expensive models. The landing net is very light due to the absence of a telescopic bar, but it only reaches 105 cm. This increases the chance that the fish will slit out, as the landing net can only be used at a very late stage, but at a price of just under 17 euros, the landing net is a real bargain. If you don’t have to overcome any hurdles on your fishing trip and can land directly at the edge of the water, this is a very good landing net for when you’re out and about.    DAM Effzett Spinning Net – Packsize DAM Effzett Spinning Net – Rubberized Net DAM Effzett Spinning Net – Button for folding mechanism DAM Effzett Spinning Net – Handle DAM Effzett Spinning Net – Folding mechanism

Westin W3 CR Landing Net XL Landing Net

DataTransport length: 120 cmMaximum length: 120 cmWidth: 80 cmWeight: 1,5 kgView on AmazonThe Westin W3 CR Landing Net XL landing net lives up to its name. The biggest landing net in our test is especially suitable for the really big fish. With a landing net width of 80cm, it has the largest diameter and can hold the biggest fish, but it gets one point off at maximum length. The maximum length of 120cm is quite short and therefore not necessarily suitable for landing big fish over obstacles. Furthermore it cannot be folded and is therefore not suitable for mobile fishing. Therefore the Westin landing net is especially suitable for sitting fishing for example for carps, but it also works well on board of a fishing boat. A nice little thing is hidden on the rod of the landing net: With this you can measure big fish even if you don’t have a measuring tape at hand. The workmanship of the landing net is top, no unclean spots or processing errors. All in all, the landing net makes a very stable impression and I don’t have the feeling that a fish could ever harm this landing net. Of course this has its price. The Westin landing net is also the most expensive landing net in the test at just under 70 Euros. But because of the size and the quality I think this is absolutely justified. Westin W3 CR Landing Net Landing Net Landing Net Landing in test – Connector Westin W3 CR Landing Net Landing Net Landing in test – Pack Measure Westin W3 CR Landing Net Landing in test – Rubberized net Westin W3 CR Landing Net Landing in test – Measuring tape Westin W3 CR Landing Net Landing in test – Handle

Types of landing nets

Predatory fish landing netThe requirements for a predatory fish landing net are not low, because predatory fish are known to be great fighters. And the more capital the catch, the more difficult it is to tame. This results in a number of parameters that should be met for the landing net. It has to be robust, but not too heavy and bulky, so that it can react quickly. Of course the frame should be solid and made of aluminium. A rubber net is first choice. Because anyone whose leader, wobbler or spoon has ever got caught in the net will prefer the rubber net to plastic nets. Stretching beyond a hook and untangling knots in a rubber net has immense advantages.
WadersThere are situations where a wadding net is the right choice. When fly-fishing or when you are deeper in the river or lake. With a “regular” allround landing net you won’t get very far, because the long rod would only hinder you. The short handle makes it easy to handle and the compact landing net can be carried on the man. It is hooked in or fixed with a clip. The weight is of course also important. You can use a normal telescopic landing net, but it is heavier. And who wants to wade through the water unnecessarily loaded. The floatability rounds off the perfect wading net.
Carp landing net / big fish landing netSize is a factor that should not be underestimated. If you look at the shape and food intake of the carp, it becomes clear quite quickly why its nickname is “capybara”. The vacuum cleaner of the lakes, gets up to fifty years old and can reach a size of 120 centimetres. But even the younger specimens grow to 60 centimetres by the time they are seven years old. An advantage for those who have chosen a wide landing net and have a deep net. Experienced anglers in particular keep on fishing larger specimens. Therefore, solid landing nets with a large, stable frame are suitable.
Sheet piling netAs the name suggests, the sheet piling net is used wherever steep areas make access to water difficult. Whether from the bridge or the harbour wall, the landing net helps to land up to a height of around three metres. Due to its folding functions it is less space-consuming than a regular landing net, but a little experience with it is essential. Releasing smaller fish becomes a game of patience if you don’t want them to fall back into the water from a great height.

What makes a good landing net?

Weight is just as much a quality feature as durability and the ability to replace individual components. The old wisdom applies: if you buy cheap, you buy twice. Cheap telescopic rods misjudged after one or two sessions. Plastic nets tear and cheap landing net heads can break, which may result in the loss of the fish or injury. Of course there are also good bargains. But experience shows that branded goods have their advantages.

Rubberized net

The rubberized net not only has the above mentioned advantage of stretchability. The slime layer of the fish is not damaged when used correctly and “releasing” is much easier. The rinsing and cleaning of the net is much easier. The classic net material takes on the smell of the fish, which quickly becomes unpleasant in your own four walls or in the cellar. This is where the rubber net material scores. The transmission of diseases is prevented by simple cleaning. In addition, one moves in a manner befitting a hunter. As an angler you also have the obligation to ensure a healthy fish stock.

Folding mechanism

This is where the opinions differ. The folding mechanism has advantages and disadvantages. It is easy to transport, but of course the moving element is also a weak point. But I have had my landing net for years and never had any problems.

Once the landing net has been lying in the dirt, a short rinse or holding it under water helps to free the folding mechanism from dirt.

Length & size

There is no rule of thumb, but logically every landing net has its own characteristics. Physics also plays a role here. The longer the landing net, the higher the chance that it will break if the prey is large. You should always adjust it to the prey. For trout or similar fish that require standing in water, a short rod is advantageous. The wading net is first choice.

bars which are extended up to three meters are of course also available. But the handling becomes more difficult with increasing size. Telescopes can usually be locked to the appropriate size, so this problem is less of an issue. With a good all-rounder you can actually cover 80% of your catches. It becomes more difficult with capital chunks. The net size and the diameter of the landing net head should be adjusted to the expected catch. Folding landing nets would only be second choice here. Large landing nets are much more suitable than their smaller counterparts. Stress and the risk of injury is reduced if the landing net is larger.

Durability

If handled correctly, landing nets can survive a whole life of fishing. The higher the quality of the workmanship, the longer the life of the landing net. The folding mechanism naturally plays a role. It is the Achilles’ heel of such a landing net and may not work after some time. The landing net head lasts longest when it is made of aluminium or even iron. With high-quality landing nets, both the rod and the head can be purchased separately. In the end, it is not only the quality that matters, but also the amount of work that is required to maintain the landing net properly.

Fish correctly landing nets

Despite hard drills, fish tend to try everything again in the final phase of landing to escape to freedom. This is a critical situation and requires a cool head. Never try to follow the fish with the landing net. It is faster because the water is its territory. The radical escape movements can cause the leader to break off. It is better to lead the fish to the landing net and over it. By slightly lifting the fish is then safely in the net. Good for the one who has a colleague with him, who assists you. Especially with big fish it is advantageous to be in pairs. It goes without saying that the landing net is ready. It is difficult to set it up during the drill or, in the worst case, to look for it. The attention is on the drill, the landing net within reach.

Cleaning the landing net correctly

Cleaning is an important issue. As already mentioned, the rubber net scores in this case. The price is a little higher, but the advantages are not only in the handling. Cleaning the nets is much easier and also more sustainable. If the landing net can be changed or removed for washing, maintenance is no problem. With telescopic poles, the sand should be rinsed out of the pole after the session. Especially at the sea the mixture of salt water and sand becomes very dense. Under certain circumstances the landing net can then no longer be extended after longer storage. Rinsing with fresh water protects the material. By the way, this applies to the rod and net. Good cleaning is essential for long durability. Also the folding mechanism, if available, is happy about a fresh water shower.

Alternatives to landing nets

Hand landing

Patience and caution are the “A and O” of hand landing. In order not to stress the fish unnecessarily or injure it under certain circumstances, there are techniques that do require a certain amount of experience. Therefore you should extend the drill at the beginning to tire the fish.

Gill cover grip

The gill cover grip is a grip where four fingers are inserted into the gills while the thumb is pressing against the lower jaw. A strong and courageous grip is important. Using too little force can lead to an injury. By the way, in humans and animals, the hook may be placed in such a way that you ram it into your hand. With big fish and on a boat, you can get into real trouble with it.

Neck grip

When gripping the neck you also use four fingers to grip the gills. Access is from above and there is less risk of injury to the fish. This grip works up to a certain size. Gloves may be necessary to provide protection.

Tail root grip

The tail root grip is performed rather rarely. It does not work with some species of fish because they are too slimy. The handle is used to land the fish quickly when the fish are gripped quickly. It is not landed in a controlled manner and the tail root handle should only be used in an emergency.

Lifting out on fishing line

Up to a certain size the lifting out is possible with the fishing line. The risk of losing the fish increases with the size of the prey. The risk of injury to the fish is considerable. Therefore the fish should be drilled in the water as long as possible and only a small lever should be used. But it depends on the situation and the rule is: Expect the unexpected.

Lipgrip

The lipgrip may work for certain fish. For others, such as pike, the risk of injury to the fish is very high. The lower jaw is gripped with it. However, the fish can turn. The line then turns around the Lipgrip and the situation becomes critical.

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