The Avid Carp Retaining Slings come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

AVID CARP have released a couple of new, simple, fuss-free but fish-friendly, short-term-retention slings, boasting some useful features.

Clips at either end allow you to keep your retainer string chords in the water whilst you unclip your retainer to bring your fish to the bank.

You’ll also find magnet clips on both boom sections, so that they hold together neatly for weighing etc.

The mesh is softer than earlier designs and it dries quickly, and there aren’t any seams in the base, to help ensure that your prize stays in tip-top condition.

The carry handles on the boom sections are useful for more support and easier carrying back and forth from the water, too.

You will also notice, if you combine the sling with one of their new Carp Cots, which are impressive, the retainer sits very neatly inside, with high sides all round, to ensure that your fish stays put. It looks like a very handy, ‘fish safe’ combo.

There are zips at either end of the sling, too, for easy access and fish returning, and there’s plenty of buoyancy in those foam tops.

These retainers are all set up to weigh and return your prize with the minimum of handling, using the webbing straps and weigh rings supplied, and that has to be a big plus. They come in Standard and XL sizes.