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Carp Care and Safety
land the fish you have a duty of care
for its wellbeing, and in my opinion
this is where it starts. I am going to
look at some of the landing nets I
have used or can recommend. Personally I like to carry two landing nets
with me, as you never know when you
might break one (ask my mate Iain
MacMillan, as I have broken two of
his – sorry mate, wink, wink). It is also
useful if multiple runs are expected,
which doesn’t often happen, but you
have to be prepared for it, like at the
start of the season as I was lucky
enough to find out when I had two
runs at once, landing fish of 37lb 12oz
and 43lb 8oz. If you had two fish in
the same net it would be nearly
impossible to lift them out of the
water unless you were a slave to the
steroids, but primarily you will damage the fish, which is our main concern. I am not trying to brag here, but
I am just saying it can happen on any
water, so be prepared. Another reason
why we should always have two rods
is because of how many times when
we have turned up to a lake and
wanted to fish our rods in two different spots? If you have your rods say
15ft apart and you only have one net,
your net is behind one of your rods,
and when you get a take on your
other rod, how many times have you
forgotten to pick the net up and run to
the other rod? Then you have to get
the angler next door to bring the net
over – I know I have.
So now I will take a look at some of
the nets my mates and I have used
and would recommend. The main
requirements for a good carp net are a
deep, soft, close mesh, which is a
minimum of 42”, and one that can be
broken down easily for lifting the fish
out of the water. Secondly it should
have a minimum handle length of 6ft,
and if it is light, then so much the better, as it will be easier to move into
position when landing the fish. There
are quite a few landing nets available
on the market, and first of all I would
start by saying I am very impressed
by the Gardner net, which is 42” and
has a 6ft handle that’s green in colour,
which is always nice for us tackle
tarts. The handle is spilt into two sec-
tions, which is handy for boat work,
the mesh itself is green in colour, and
it is also is very soft, so there are no
worries about lifting scales etc. I have
only just started to use the net, but as
I say first impressions are very good
and it is a pleasure to use.
I am also very impressed by the
Century range of landing nets, which
come in the same finish as their rods
for the tackle tarts amongst you. My
good mate George Loughlin uses
these nets, and I was very impressed
with the balance and lightness. They
come in 42ins and 50ins with a lovely
dark green mesh, which is both fish
friendly and free flowing. The innovative point about this net is the fact
that although you get a standard 6ft
handle, they also supply an additional
extension, which gives you an extra
2ft, something we could all have done
with at some point in our angling, and
with loads of weed in the edge it is a
bonus because the net will stretch
that bit further and aid in minimising
losses. I could carry on going on
about landing nets all day, but these
(Top) At times two nets can be a
bonus, ensuring that the fish remain
(Right) Gardner provides a few good
quality essentials for your carp care


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