Korum Specimen 42 inch Latex Mesh Triangular Landing Net
Reviewed by Andrew Kennedy
Unfortunately Korum discontinued their Latex Mesh triangular nets some years ago (despite still selling their excellent Latex Mesh spoon nets), but as it is still the best pike fishing landing net I've ever used, I kept the review online in the hope that it spreads the word about the many benefits of Latex mesh for pike in particular.
I regularly receive emails from frustrated anglers who are looking for a similar pike net with latex mesh. In fact, with the amount of contact I receive on the subject, I think Korum are missing out on some serious business.
The problem is, Korum never marketed it as a pike net, so not many pikers were aware it existed!
As much as I like using Korum tackle - I think they sell some well made, innovative gear - I have been secretly hoping that a competitor will fill the gap Korum left when they stopped making their triangular nets with Latex Mesh.
Angling friends, I'm pleased to say that day has arrived!...
By pure chance, whilst browsing Eddie Turner's site, I stumbled across a 42" triangular latex landing net they're selling! I have yet to see one in the flesh, but it has large, latex mesh and is available with or without a spreader block. Knowing some of Eddie's other tackle from past experience, I am certian that this net will be high quality. My advice - especially if you're a serious piker who fishes regularly - would be to buy 2 now! You never know when they might become unavailable once more.
To take a closer look at the net, or to buy one yourself, visit Eddie Turner's Site.
Alternatively, if you're one of the many anglers who would like Korum to reintroduce their triangular Latex Mesh landing net then please let them know via their Facebook page or using their website contact form.
I have been on the lookout for a new landing net for pike fishing, for a couple of years now, without ever finding one to meet my specifications. My only criteria was for a triangular net which wouldn't break the bank, with at least 42 inch arm-length, and quite a large mesh size. Not too much to ask, surely?
Well, all of the major manufacturers whose nets I have looked at lately seem to be opting for "fish-friendly" micromesh. Micromesh is certainly better for carp and other large-scaled species, because the fine mesh reduces the chance of scale damage, whilst not removing much protective slime. When it comes to piking, however, a tiny mesh size is definitely not fish friendly! If the fish you are landing has a treble hook outside it's mouth, and it then twists itself inside the landing net, you can be left with a tangled, toothy mess which is potentially lethal for both the pike, and your micromesh landing net! I prefer not to have to cut my net to shreds in order to return a pike quickly to the water. This should not be necessary if you have the correct tackle. Larger mesh is simply safer and far more practical for pike fishing.
So, imagine how surprised I was, whilst perusing local tackle shop Climax Tackle in Dronfield - when I stumbled upon a new landing net by specialist tackle firm, Korum - and it was exactly the pike net I've been searching for!
It's called the "Korum Specimen 42 inch Net". Not only does it have large mesh (with micromesh only covering it's hollow-carbon arms), but it also has latex-covered mesh! Latex mesh is proven to be fish friendly by removing very little slime, but it has the further benefits of extra resistance to hook penetration, and it dries quickly with less fishy odour too!
It comes with a stout alloy spreader block, a 6-foot carbon handle and storage bag. The whole package costs around £40, and I really cannot fault it. No conservation-minded pike angler should be without one!