The Kodex XC50 Unhooking Mat comes 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.

Description: well-padded specimen carp unhooking mat.

Specifications: dimensions: 118 x 75 cm with a 90 x 48 cm unhooking area; 36 mm padded base with beanie-filled outer; water resistant, hard-wearing wipe-clean outer; folds in half, with carry handles for carrying; pocket for antibiotic fish treatment aids.

My verdict: a good unhooking mat is one of the most important pieces of kit you have with you on the bank. This nicely padded one folds up to make it a little more compact.

It’s certainly a good size for specimen carp when opened out, and it’ll be useful for some cats and pike, too.

The pocket for your antibiotic treatment bottle is a nice touch. Just make sure you soak your mat to cool it, particularly in summer if it’s baking hot, before laying a fish down on it.

Or you can keep it folded until you need it, as unhooking mats can get very hot in the sun.

Price: £44.99.

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