The Chub X-TRA Protection Cradle 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.

IF YOU’RE concerned that your current unhooking mat isn’t up to the job, you might want to upgrade to the new Chub X-TRA Protection Cradle.

Well padded, it comes with improved, zip-up, extra-stiff, non-collapsible sides, to help contain your prize, and a Velcro-down top.

You’ll also see that Chub have added U-shaped arm slots, the idea being that you drop your wrists down into the slots (the straps are elastic) for a trophy shot without any escapees.

You’ll find smart side pockets for keeping any unhooking accessories and treatments in, and an integrated knee pad. It also folds flat for easy transport, and comes in a waterproof bag.

This cradle is all about offering extra protection when a fish is out of the water, and it looks as if it should do that well.

There’s a standard-sized 95 x 55 x 21 cm cradle, and an XL 120 x 75 x 26 cm design.

Prices: Standard £69.99; XL £99.99.