Advanta Discovery CX Rehab Cradle Unhooking Mat
Fish care is an integral part of the angling experience, whether you’re a carp fishing fanatic, a regular on the coarse and match scene, or you enjoy hunting down big pike and other predators. After all, there’s nothing worse than landing a fish with an infected mouth, damaged scales, or even a broken fin due to poor fish care. It is every angler’s responsibility to ensure that the fish they put back into the water is in the same condition as it was when they removed it. This includes treating any wounds (whether that is from your hook or from other predators), as well as taking preventative action on the bank to ensure that the fish doesn’t cause itself damage whilst it is in your care. Ensuring that you have a net fitted with fish-friendly mesh, a deeply padded unhooking mat, and a top quality weigh sling should be as much of a priority for you as ensuring that your reels are in good working order. Advanta is a brand which really understands the importance of proper fish care and the team behind the name has designed a comprehensive range of carp care products in order to ensure that you never have an excuse for not equipping yourself with high end fish care.
One such item is the Advanta Discovery CX Rehab Cradle Unhooking Mat. As the name suggests, this is a cradle and unhooking mat combined, allowing you to unhook and transport your fish with ease. If you are fishing on a long and sloping bank, for example, you might want to unhook your fish right at the water’s edge, before transporting is a meter or two up the bank for weighing and photography. This combination mat and cradle ensures that you don’t have to transfer your fish into yet another container (increasing the risk that you’ll remove the protective slime which prevents the fish from suffering from infection and disease), helping to reduce stress on the fish and making life easier for you, too!
The Advanta Discovery CX Rehab Cradle Unhooking Mat offers you exceptional protection whilst you’re unhooking and retaining your carp. Fitted with a semi-rigid padded mattress and walls, this mat ensures that your fish is cushioned from any lumps or bumps on the bank. Underneath the mattress, you’ll find a mesh base. This ensures that any water left in the mat after you have returned your fish to its home can drain away quickly and easily, so you don’t have to worry about prolonged drying time when you’re waiting to pack down your gear at the end of a session. With dual carry handles, which are padded from your comfort, you can transport you fish from the water’s edge, up the bank to your scales, and back again with ease. As an additional fish protection feature, this cradle has been fitted with a Velcro-fastened retaining flap. This allows you to plunge your fish into darkness, better replicating the under-water conditions and reducing the stress on the fish.
Advanta is a brand which wants you to be as comfortable as your fish. As such, it has been fitted with a padded kneel mat, too. This means that you can kneel down on gravelly or rocky bankside without injury, allowing you to focus on the job at hand rather than worrying about your own comfort.
There are three mats in the range. The CX Lite the smaller and more compact mat in the range. This is a great mat for the roving and mobile angler, who wants to minimise the amount of gear they are carrying, as well as the angler targeting smaller species. This mat has dimensions of 85cm x 45cm x 20cm. The next mat in the range is the CX Standard. As the name suggests, this is the ideal mat for the average angler and it will cover 95% of your fishing needs. Finally, the last in the range is the CX XL. This is a huge mat for the angler targeting big fish, including catfish and huge continental carp. This has dimensions of 100cm x 70cm x 26xm. All three mats in the range offer a fold-down pack-down, for ease of storage and transportation.