The best carp landing net has one job – to land carp efficiently, without breaking or causing damage to the fish.
A cheap fishing net will usually break quickly, by either bringing in a carp that is too large, or accidentally treading on it during the night.
There are many styles, handle lengths and net types to choose from, which I’ll discuss later on.
I highly recommend buying two landing nets in preparation for a double run or simply as a spare, in case your first one breaks!
I would always choose a quality net first, and go for a reputable brand.
Scroll on down to reveal my best landing net guide!
What Types of Landing Net are there?
A landing net is made up of four parts; the handle, spreader block, net arms and mesh nettting.
To connect everything together, you may have to screw the spreader block into the handle first.
Next, you should connect the arms (these are the lengths of carbon that run through the mesh net) into the spreader block.
This can be tricky, but crucial to ensure a fully open, and safe net, that maintains its shape and rigidity during use.
Carp landing nets range from 32 inches up to 50 inches.
The most common size is 42 inches, which most fisheries accept this size large enough for most sized carp in the UK.
You should also choose a net that can be disconnected quickly, because it makes landing carp safer.
Finally, most landing nets can be rolled up and stored away into a rod holdall compactly.
The Angling Times has a great article on selecting the best landing net.
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What Length Should My Landing Be?
The best carp landing net you can buy should have a strong handle.
Like the style of landing net, handles come in a variety of lengths, and are made from different materials.
Choosing a landing net with a telescopic handle allows you to travel lightly, while making it easier to land and weigh carp in tight swims.
Although not as strong as one-piece handles, they are ideal for stalking for carp, or maybe as a spare.
Consequently, handles vary in length.
Ranging from between 2 to 3 metres, this gives you enough reach for most lakes.
Finally, they can be bought in 1, 2 or even 3 sections.
Again, this depends on how much spare space you have in your rod holdall!
Almost all landing net handles are fitted with a universal thread to make them compatible with the net heads.
Just in case you want to change either the net, or handle itself due to one part becoming damaged!
Does the mesh material matter?
Hex-mesh is the most popular type of material used in landing nets.
This type of mesh is known to be very strong, and the least abrasive during testing.
A popular choice, particularly as it minimises the amount of carp ‘slime’ during landing and release.
You should take good care because the mesh can sometimes catch the fins, especially the pectorals if you’re not careful when removing from the net to cradle or retainer.
Sometimes, you may notice that landing nets may contain two types of mesh, where one may seem wider.
This is useful in case you need to retain your fish in water for a short period, as it allows water to flow naturally through the net.
Best Carp Fishing Landing Nets - Net Reviews
Sonik Vader X Landing Net
First on our best landing net compilation is the Sonik Vader X Landing Net.
Using a traditional ‘triangular shape, the soft deep mesh drops down to a flat base.
This is padded out with a finer mesh designed to protect carp even further.
The side arms can quickly be attached into the stainless steel spreader block with little problems encountered.
Of course, this needs to be as easy as possible so you can break the net down during the landing procedure!
Moving onto the handle which is made from reinforced carbon that is actually very lightweight and sturdy.
After you’ve finished, it simply breaks down into a custom stink bag until your next adventure!
Traditional triangular shape
Soft, deep mesh with a flat base
Quick and easy arm detachment
Lightweight, reinforced carbon handle
Supplied with custom stink bag
Sonik Vader X Landing Net Video
Wychwood Solace Landing Net
The Wychwood Solace Landing Net is incredibly lightweight, with very strong arms.
At 42 inches, it has a smooth, Midnight Black soft mesh and custom designed (but still strong!) moulded spreader block.
Its a real favourite with carp anglers, as it glides effortlessly through the water as you slip it underneath your latest catch.
There are also isotope slots which can be used to avoid losing, or treading on your handle during darkness.
When you’re finished, you simply pack it away into a neat carry bag until your next session.
Overall, the Wychwood Solace Landing Net is very practical, offers great value for money, and performs really well during landing your fish.
You simply cannot go wrong with this landing net!
Ultra-light and ultra-strong handle and arms
High flow midnight-black mesh
Super strong custom block with isotope slots
Comes in protective carry case
Wychwood Solace Landing Net Video
Fox EOS Landing Net
Constructed from 100% polyester, the mesh of the Fox EOS Landing Net is ultra soft and very fish friendly.
This certainly makes it a contender for the best carp landing net!
Notice the incredibly deep net that allows you to land large carp with no problems at all here.
A strong 6ft handle is made from high modulus carbon (used for carp rods) which allows a great amount of give when lifting out of the water or trying to get your catch under control.
The arms are also made from carbon which slot easily into the spreader block.
Grip can also be important during the landing phase, so Fox have taken the opportunity to include a Japanese shrink wrap handle, that (even with wet hands) offers supreme grip at all times.
You can buy the Fox EOS Landing Net at either 46 or 42 inches, which is more than enough for most sized carp!
Overall, this is a fantastically made net that is versatile, robust and very strong indeed.
High modulus 6ft carbon handle
Moulded solid aluminium spreader block
Features a beta-light slot
Japanese shrink wrap handle grip
Green mesh with reinforced corners
Nash Dwarf Landing Net
The Nash Dwarf Landing Net has been designed to be quick to put together, and break down – whilst maintaining a very simple construction.
Fitted with a moulded ‘fast-fit’ spreader, there are isotope slots which become particularly useful at night.
This is because you (hopefully!) won’t accidentally tread, and break the handle, or misplace your net.
We really like the flowing mesh which fits in nicely with the matte black whippings and metal butt cap.
For mobile anglers, the handle extends from a mere 44 inches, up to 6ft 2 inches which also makes it very easy to store.
Nash have provided a great landing net that fits in well with the rest of the Dwarf tackle range.
Moulded fast fit spreader block with isotope slots
Easy Flow black mesh
Shrink grip handle
Matte black whippings
Metal butt cap with isotope slot
Extends from 44inches to 6 feet 2inches
JRC Cocoon 2G Landing Net
Designed to compliment the series, the JRC Cocoon 2G Landing Net features ultra soft mesh, making it as fish friendly as can be.
An innovative ‘magnet’ is located to the base of the net which can be connected to the handle. This makes it easier to slide the landing net into the water as you gear up to catch your carp!
I found this a great addition, especially in snaggy or weedy areas where navigation can be the difference between catching or losing a good fish.
At 42 inches, and kitted out in all black, this is a fantastic landing net of real quality, and value for money.
Extra long 3 piece carbon composite handle (total length 2.8m)
Can be used as a standard 1.8m handle or as a short 0.9m boat net
Custom designed heavy duty nylon spreader block – Dual shrink rubber grips for use at different lengths
Durable, coated and non-stretch tension cord, Carbon arms and soft green mesh
JRC’s magnetic mesh retainer system and Isotope slot
Greys Prodigy Landing Net
If you prefer the increased a one-piece handle brings, then the Greys Prodigy Landing Net may be the one for you!
Made from carbon, the 3k woven handle itself is 1.8m long, and is very slim.
Spreader blocks can often be the first to break, so a stainless steel version has been used to increase strength making it a great net built to last.
Furthermore, the deep green mesh is fish friendly, and is a respectable 1m deep to make it reliable when landing large carp!
A shrink rubber handle provides you with excellent grip, even with wet hands.
Overall, this landing net is a little expensive, but it will last you many years.
Slim lightweight 6 (1.8m) one piece carbon handle
Carbon Armour handle finish with full 3k woven construction
Super strong stainless steel spreader block
Medium depth (1m) soft green mesh
Reinforced in key areas for increased strength
Comfortable shrink rubber handle
Laser engraved stainless end cap
Prologic Cruzade Landing Net
At 6ft long, the Prologic Cruzade Landing Net is excellent value for money.
The net itself is 42 inches as standard, with a handle made from a robust carbon composite.
Thus gives plenty of strength when you’re in the middle of the landing stage, with the strong fibreglass net arms easily removable as you roll up the net to support the fish.
Furthermore, the mesh is soft and fish friendly, whilst the spreader block is made from a tough ABS material providing stability and strength all around.
It really is a good all round net, perhaps ideal for newcomers or anglers looking for a 2nd back-up net for those fortunate double take days!
180cm composite carbon handle
Fish friendly mesh
Exclusive Prologic spread block in ABS
Are there any landing net accessories?
We wanted to mention a few landing net accessories that can really assist you when landing your carp, especially when your on your own!
Trakker Sanctuary Retention Welded Stink Bag
- standard size accommodate 42ins and 46ins landing net and/or standard-sized sling
- Roll-down buckle top to ensure no water or smells escape
- L130cm x W25cm ( 210207)
This little device aids landing of fish because it helps to keep your landing net afloat on the surface whilst you position everything.
The Velcro fastening straps make attaching to your spreader block easy and you can keep this on there for the duration if you wish.
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