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Believe it or not fishing is big business. There are many large companies vying market share in a hugely competitive sector. The Zebco Telescopic landing Net is a product I bought from Tesco for around £7 and it serves me very well. A lot of the big brands in this market charge many times more than this for a basic setup, so are the savings worthwhile, or is this just a cheap disaster of a compromise?
The Zebco Telescopic Landing Net may not be the most exciting of products for most of you, but it is an essential piece of kit for match and leisure fishing. The length of the handle is fully adjustable, overall the telescopic net has a 2 metre length when fully expanded. The handle and general feel of the net feels comfortable and robust, I think the build quality is up to a good standard, though this isn't the Rolls Royce of landing nets by any stretch. I think the handle could have done with either a rubber sleeve on the top of the handle, or some sort of padding for comfort. The product is fairly lightweight, but not in a cheap way. The 6mm mesh width is apparently 'fish friendly' and the folding handle means that although this isn't the most compact of landing nets it is by no means out of its depth against the more expensive competition.
Unfortunately, due to my fishing ability, I havn't had a great deal of opportunities to flex the muscles of the Zebco Telescopic Landing Net, but when I do use it I feel confident in its ability to cope with my catch. If my hands are wet or slimy the the handle can sometimes be a bit difficult to grip - especially with a heavy catch. Overall the experience of actually using the landing net on the lake or river is positive.
I always keep the net in my garage and often outside after I have just been fishing to allow it to air out. I find that unlike other nets I have owned, the Zebco Telescopic Landing Net doesn't attract as many fish scales, which allows me to clean it easier. I usually either rinse or dip the head of the net in warm soapy water and allow it to dry naturally before storage. The net has lasted me quite some time now and I don't intend to replace it in the near future. I have owned nets costing 4 times as much that have lasted me 3 or 4 seasons, I fully expect the Zebco Telescopic Landing Net to match this.
I purchased this fishing net two years ago for a slightly different purpose to what it is intended for; scooping some rather large fish and aquatic plants out of a very big pond in my back garden. The pond was there when I bought the bungalow, but when my youngest granddaughter began walking it quickly became obvious to me that it would have to be sacrificed to ensure her safety - the pond, incidentally, being such a large and irregular shape that fencing it off still would not have been absolutely secure so it needed emptying and filling in.
I recalled the long handled net my late husband used when fishing and decided something like that would be ideal, I recall the net being extremely reasonably priced at £10 and the current price is only a few pence more. It has a telescopic handle with the net itself measuring 20 x 19 inches, and having a depth of 21 inches. I had emailed Amazon prior to purchase for this information and calculated that it would be large enough to cope with my needs.
The handle extends from 2.8ft to 5ft, which I think would be adequate for most people whether using this as a pond net or for fishing. It is very simple to change the length of the handle; this is accomplished by unscrewing a large plastic washer, pulling out the handle and retightening the washer when you have it at the correct length.
The net itself is a roomy size and is made of a thin, yet strong, mesh. I found the holes were a little too large for some of my more delicate water plants, but I was impressed with the nets flexibility when lifting the fish into containers for transporting to their new home. My largest fish measured around nine inches in length and weighed in the region of two pounds, he fitted beautifully in the net and neither this fish or any others seemed in any distress while being moved in this way.
The net folds flat against the handle for ease of transportation and storage, unfortunately the net does not collapse in on itself so even when folded it is rather bulkier than other landing nets I have seen. It would not fit in a tubular fishing bag due to the fact that the head of the net juts out so far on either side of the handle, likewise it would be difficult to transport by bicycle - which isn't a random observation, many people around here use their bikes to go fishing because of a distinct lack of parking near the fishing ponds and pools.
Both the net and handle seem remarkably sturdy considering this is made of a very lightweight aluminium, the attachment that joins the body of the net to the handle seems to be the only weak point and therefore I'd suggest this would not be terribly suitable for lifting very heavy fish - however, if you are in the habit of catching overly weighty carp or even pike I'm sure you'd have a net that is already suitable for your rather impressive needs.
I have gone fishing a few times before and whenever you go fishing it is allways important to take a landing net with you so you can bring your catch to land and go through the process of rescuing your hook
I bought this net from Argos for around £12 a while back which in my mind seems a little expensive but I remembering it being the cheapest avaliable on the high street at the time so I had to buy it
The shaft and net hoop are made of aluminimum which makes very light to carry. The shaft and net hoop can be seperated to make it easier to carry from your car to your fishing spot. Despite being made of aluminium the net feels strong in your hand. For example when putting a fairly heavy fish in to it you dont get the feeling that the net or shaft is going sheer or snap off
Aestheticly it is not the most pleasing but its with its dull grey aluminium frame but that is hardly going to be problem as it will never really be used as a display piece in your living room.
All in all I would recceomend this net if you are planning to fish during the summer.