Landing net handle recommendations

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I currently have a Middy 3.5m power handle (the blue one) 3m plus 0.5m extension. I bought it a few weeks ago from a tackle shop at one of the fisheries I go to after I trapped my Shakespeare omni handle in my mates van door. all three telescopic sections crushed in one go :mad: I needed another handle pronto and all the shop had was the 2.5m and 3.5m telescopic power handles and a very flimsy looking one piece handle. the problem I have is that the handle feels very loose for one of a better term. you can tightly pull the sections together and it makes no difference. as you slide the handle through your hands when netting a fish the sections all feel loose. it does seem a bit thinner and not as well made as the Shakespeare handle I had before, but should it feel like it does? it feels like the handle is about to fall apart. I was looking for a light one piece handle but sadly they are a little short, or too big and bulky like the handles you get with carp nets. I might just buy another handle like the one I had, but failing that are there any others I should consider looking at? do any companies make a 2 or 3 piece screw together landing net handle that is still light stiff and strong? it's amazing how much confidence a good landing net handle can give you, something I never thought possible before. I would use my other landing net handle without even thinking about it, the one I have now makes me feel nervous every time I use it. I would also be interested in recommendations on length of handle and the pros and cons of a longer or shorter handle. to be honest it's not something I have ever considered until now.
Also what do you guys think of the rubberized mesh landing nets? is there any benefit to having one over the standard soft mesh nets?
 
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if your fishing barbless I cant see any advantage with a rubber net and when it comes to your handle if you can afford them I would go for the acolytes
 

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I thought it was because they dried faster than the soft mesh. I never really got the whole thing of the rubber or latex coated mesh is supposed to be kinder to the fish. maybe it is maybe it isn't, personally I think they will need to prove that first. would you recommend a telescopic or take apart handle?
as far as nets are concerned, would you recommend the acolyte landing net or the speedex carp net?
 
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The acolyte handles aren't exactly out of my price range, but I can't justify paying £130 for a landing net handle. my float and feeder rods and reels cost a bit more than that each. I could buy another rod for that price.
I think I am going to go with the Shakespeare Omni handle that I had before. but instead of the 3m 3 piece telescopic handle I had before, I'm going to go with the 3m 2 piece take apart handle. these handles had almost trebled in price since I bought mine but the price has come down again since I bought my Middy handle.

Thanks to all for your help and advice (y)
 

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My theory behind landing net handles are that it is the only bit of equipment that is always used with me every session. rods will vary, float or feeder, maybe that day I will pole fish, margin or long pole. hmm which part is the only thing that is being used today and was used last week and the time before. its the net handle so I don't mind spending that bit more when it comes to buying a net handle.
 

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If I was seriously going to own one of the Drennan Acolyte handles, someone would have to be offering it me for free. I know that might make me sound tight but I'm not. I know how much a landing net gets used and I guess for people who have spent a good few grand on a pole and god knows how much for all the other on and off box accessories used for pole fishing, £130 for a landing net handle and another £30 or so for the net head isn't that much.
me personally I have a Shakespeare Sigma 60 by 50cm net which cost me about £15, plus the Shakespeare Omni 3m telescopic landing net handle which was about the same price. I didn't like the feel of the other ten or so handles I looked at when I bought my last one, even the expensive all singing all dancing all carbon ones felt cheap. at first I thought it was me but I got talking to a guy who said exactly the same. I didn't like the idea of the rubberized nets at first. now I have changed my mind but there is no point changing my net until something happens to it. I went for the net I did not based on price, I quite like a slightly bigger deeper net and I have been caught out by bigger fish before when using slightly smaller and shallower nets. the reason I now like the rubber nets is because of how fast they dry. not a problem for most of us but as you always pack your net away last, depending on how much gear you have out you might be putting a soaking wet net in your bag. again not a problem if you have a waterproof stink bag which I do, but then I have the pain of having to go out in the garden when I get home, usually in the dark to hang up my wet net and net bag. the rubberized ones are dry in a few minuets. so maybe I will be treating myself to one in the near future.
 

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I'm also looking for recommendations for a handle. Starting up again after 20 years off fishing as my 9 year old wants to fish at home and not just off the rocks in spain with a small tele on holiday. I'm building tackle up again and am looking for value. I've joined a local lake (small membership) packed with Carp between 3 and 15lb. Snapped two handles at the join to the threaded bit. 1 NGT, 1 Middy Battlezone. Have a dinsmores match carp net attached and the fish were only 5lb. Very disappointed with the Middy one as its meant for carp.
 

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The Middy ones just felt cheap and poorly made. have a good look round a few tackle shops or even ebay. you would be surprised at what you can get for your money these days.
 

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Another vote for the tri cast. I’ve had my 8’3 version for years and has been perfect for my fishing. Some have mentioned the small 12” top section sticking but I’ve never had that problem personally and to be honest I never take it off so wouldn’t bother me if it did. You can also buy a separate extension taking it to 12’6.
 

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For a few years now I have been using the Maver Abyss X. I have the 4m but normally use at 3. Cost me £20.

That has now been replaced by Maver with the Reality range, 4m can be had for £25.

A lot will depend on how you use a landing net. But at no point has the Abyss felt at risk and it must have landed a few thousand pounds of carp.
 

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Tricast as suggested above

Also recommend drennan specialist, telescopic, had it at least 12 years

Only for the tricast after leaving net pole in another rod bag
 

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What puts me off buying an expensive landing net handle is the thought of it getting damaged. I was pissed off enough when I trapped my £20 handle in a van door. if it had been one that cost me £120 or more I think I would have jumped in the lake.
as it happens I could buy 6 of the handles I have for the price of one Drennan Acolyte handle and still be quids in.
 

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I was of the opinion that any landing net handle would do.. that's is until I broke my 2.7 M fibreglass one and changed it for a Preston's Absolute carp, what a difference so much lighter and netting fish with my weaker left hand is so much easier now can't believe how difficult I made it for myself by not changing earlier.
 

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I really don't understand why so many general coarse, and even match, angler, refuse to even consider the Drennan Super Specialist Twistlocks. I can only think that the name is enough to put some off. They are good for pretty much anything other than long line pole/whip fishing or fishing with rods in excess of 15'. They are also robust, surprisingly lightweight and more versatile than any normal take apart or telescopic match type handle. If you are an out and out commie angler, that never uses a rod over 13', the compact version should be adequate
 
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