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IF YOU still haven’t made the move to an unhooking mat with sides, or your current mat system is too bulky for short trips, the NGT Pop-up Card Cradle is a good answer to your problem.

It folds up pretty compact, it’s very well padded and the frame pops-up and folds away in seconds.

Unfolding the mat instantly makes the cradle ‘take shape’, and all you do is slot the fish-friendly, 4 cm-plus-thick mat inside.

I like the way in which it pops up quickly, and the fact that it comes with a mesh base, to allow for drainage.

With the base measuring 108 x 50 cm, it’ll accommodate plenty of specimens, and help retain them, thanks to the 13 cm-high sides and even higher raised ends.

It comes with two pegging points, one at either end, for pegging down in your swim, and two heavy-duty screw pegs, which live in a pocket in the zip-up bag it’s supplied in. A useful piece of kit and a great price.

Price: £34.95 from

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