Producing top quality is a skill that Midlands based luggage and accessories manufacturers Cotswold Aquarius has well and truly got down to a fine art. Everything from there top of the range rod holdalls, right down to the most basic of items has an attention to detail that is so very hard to find these days. So it comes as no surprise to the UKMA team to find out that even a basis accessory like a net float has had some serious thought put into its design. For those who are new to the sport, a net float is designed to simplify the job of landing fish, by holding the entire landing net on the surface of the water while the fish is being played. When a landing net is in the water during the fight it will take on water and sink, making it heavy, less manoeuvrable and increases the risk of lost fish at the net.
To eliminate these potential problems Cotswold Aquarius have released the Slim & Fat Bouy Landing Net Floats. Both options incorporate a hard wearing nylon waterproof outer material that has elasticated fastenings at the top and base of the bouys that are machined in place. To enable a secure attachment to your net and handle, you also have a Velcro strap that is machined down one side of the floats outer, with an attaching Velcro strip on the opposite side. The waterproof outer fits over a buoyant, high density foam tubing that has a hollow core for your net handle to pass through. To attach simply push the bouy onto your landing net handle, tension and tie off the draw strings top and bottom, put the Velcro strap over the V block of the landing net and attach to the Velcro on the opposite side, and you’re ready to go!
These well made Landing Net Buoys from Cotswold Aquarius do exactly what they say they will do, they make your net and handle float on water (As simple as that!) The Slim Bouy measures 10” x 1.5” (254mm x 38mm) and sells for £12.99 and after using one of these for all my angling, I now won’t fish without one. I have personally tried and tested this handy accessory and it will fit all match, specialist and lower diameter carp landing net handle perfectly. The Fat Bouy option is one for the carp and predator angler who uses the larger diameter landing net handles. When we tested the Big Bouy we found it could comfortably keepa 50’’ net and the handle buoyant and made light work of the 42’’ nets and handles when tested. The Fat Bouy measures 10” x 2.5” (254mm x 65mm) is available from selected retailers and sells for £14.99.