Carp Care: 5 of the Best Carp Unhooking Mats

This week we will be taking a look at five of the best carp unhooking mats on the market.

Carp care in general doesn’t get enough attention as it should and as long as we’re fishing for carp we should also be responsible for the quality and care of the fish swimming in our local waters.

On most waters these days carp mats are a prominent rule and not having one could get you banned permanently.

Things like carefully transporting a carp on the bank and treating any nicks or cuts with a carp care kit is important. But most importantly having a well padded and well designed carp mat to help you secure the carp for weighing and trophy shots will ensure no harm will come to your target species.

If you’re new to carp fishing or want to know more details on what to look out for when buying an unhooking mat we have included a short buyers guide below.

Hope you find this guide useful and as always if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

Let’s get started…

Wychwood Walled Unhooking Mat

  • Includes heavy duty materials to protect mat from damage
  • Comes with a padded kneeling area
  • Designed to be easily cleaned
  • Includes a velcro down, mesh fish cover
  • Can be also used without the wall
  • Carry handles included

Price – £74.99

You can find it here

Trakker Sanctuary Oval Crib

  • Includes a stiff high-sided outer wall
  • Comes with a folding soft thick foam base
  • Includes a removable inner lining that has been designed for easy cleaning
  • Water drainage system design
  • Zipped side pockets ideal for storing carp care kit
  • Carry handles included on the mat
  • Carry bag with heavy duty strap included

Price – £89.99

You can find it here

Fox Easy Mat

  • Includes a fish-safe protective cover
  • Boasts a rapid set up and pack away
  • 50mm foam base
  • Carry bag included
  • Comes in standard (L108cm x W50cm x H15cm) and XL (L119cm x W66cm x H18cm) sizes

Price – £67.99

You can find it here

Aqua Camo Combi Mat

  • Offers ultimate protection with its deep walled foam padding
  • Covered in a fish friendly fabric, a safety retaining flap
  • Designed to have a large surface area
  • Supplied in a sleeve protecting the contents
  • Featuring the new DPM Camo Aquatexx fabric
  • The shoulder strap makes it perfect for stalking when folded in half
  • Dimensions: 5cm (h) x 70cm (d) x 120cm (w)

Price – 79.99

You can find it here

Avid Carp SafeGuard Cradle

  • Has a collapsible frame design that folds shut
  • Fully padded interior and exterior
  • Made from fish-friendly materials
  • Boasts mesh section for better water drainage
  • Comes with cover flap to temporarily secure fish
  • Includes a carry bag
  • Comes in two sizes – Standard (90cm x 50cm) and Xl (120cm x 70cm)

Price – £70.95

You can find it here

Things to look out for when buying an unhooking mat

  • Avoid bean filled mats as these can easily tear and leave a trail of beans wherever you go
  • Unhooking mats that include a mesh fish cover and/or a protective wall are ideal especially if you tend to fish on your own and want to take great photos of your captures
  • Make sure the unhooking mat is a larger size and includes a thick padded foam base
  • Included D rings on the side can be super useful for pegging down the mat on windy days

Conclusion

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What’s The Best Bivvy Of 2017? – Bivvy Shootout 2017

best bivvy 2017This week we take a look at all the latest bivvies released in 2017.

All the bivvies in this guide are brand new for this year and some are updated versions with added features.

This guide gives you all the features you will need to know about each bivvy and we aim to include bivvies that suit every type of angler and angling situation.

If you’re new to carp fishing or would like to know more about bivvies and what features you should look out for when buying one then check out this guide.

Let’s get started…

The Nash Titan Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Based on the original Titan design
  • Unique lightweight block for enhanced rigidity
  • Quick to assemble
  • Includes a front peak, removable front panel and velcro rod straps
  • Multiple frontdoor choices including a mozzy mesh panel
  • T pegs and carry bag included

You can find it here


Prologic X1 Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Includes an exclusive X block design for solid construction and stability
  • Large front peak
  • Rear mozzy mesh panels for superb airflow throughout the bivvy
  • Spacious with plenty of head room
  • Multiple frontdoor choices including a mozzy mesh screen
  • Optional front panels and a winter overwrap are available (sold separately)

You can find it here


TF Gear Airflow Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Unique puncture resistant air pole design
  • Quick assembly using a pump
  • Front peak included
  • Solid construction and extremely rigid
  • Multiple frontdoor choices including a mozzy mesh and clear panel
  • 1 man and 2 man sized versions are available

You can find it here


JRC Defender Peak Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Water resistant materials throughout
  • Small and lightweight
  • Includes a front peak and rod retention straps
  • Mozzy mesh and clear front door options included
  • Rear mozzy panels for added airflow throughout
  • A winter overwrap is available separately

You can find it here


Chub Cyfish Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • 4 section rib design for small compact pack down size
  • Including a unique back draft rear ventilation system
  • Mozzy mesh and clear front door options included
  • T pegs and carry bag included
  • Available in 1 man and 2 man sized versions

You can find it here


SONIK XTI Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Quick assembly
  • Front and rear mozzy mesh panels
  • Made from high quality materials
  • T pegs and carry bag included
  • Available in 1 man and 2 man sized versions

You can find it here


Avid Tardis RT Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Two spread rib system design
  • Flat front and rear design
  • Includes a front peak and 6 rod retention straps on the sides of the bivvy
  • Variety of front door arrangements
  • Includes a heavy duty clip-in groundsheet
  • A winter overwrap is available separately

You can find it here


Cyprinus Pleasure Dome bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Quick assembly
  • Spacious design
  • 2 velcro retention straps included
  • Multiple frontdoor choices
  • Rear ventilation
  • An overwrap is included

You can find it here


AQUA Camo Atom

Quick Summary

  • Boasted as the most compact, lightest pram hood bivvy available on the market
  • So compact it can be easily strapped to any large rucksack when it’s packed into the carry bag
  • Groundsheet and overwrap are available separately
  • Mozzy mesh and multiple front door configurations included
  • A unique camo Aquatexx material is used throughout protecting you from the elements
  • Ideal for small swims, canals and river fishing

You can find it here


A short guide on buying a bivvy

Things to look out for when buying a bivvy:

Make sure the bivvy comes with good quality durable T pegs.

If you are only fishing day sessions then a brolly system is ideal because of it’s light weight design and quick assembly, giving you more time to set up the rest of your gear.

If you’re planning on using the bivvy for longer fishing sessions then make sure the bivvy comes with a heavy duty groundsheet and find out if an overwrap is available as it will remove any condensation, keeping you warm and dry.

If you are planning to fish abroad then a full bivvy system with front and rear ventilation is an excellent choice.

If you’re planning on taking a friend night fishing or just want more space to storage your gear then a two-man bivvy is recommended.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our 2017 bivvy shootout guide.

If you still haven’t found the right bivvy for you then check out our previous bivvy buying guide, full of bivvies we still highly recommended.

If you have any questions about any bivvies featured in this guide or any other bivvy related questions, please leave them in the comments below.

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