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Without adequate fish care, fish can end up injured meaning life expectancy and growth is diminished. As anglers, we need to ensure that we take the utmost care of our captures on the bank – returning them to the water in as healthy a condition as we removed them. Angling Direct looks to aid anglers in their fish care by providing access to the highest quality fish care products on the market which ensures that your fish will have the least stressful time on the bank possible – thus ensuring that when you return it to its home it will be able to thrive and flourish. We’ve got a huge range of fish care products, each playing a role on the bank and are so integral to your angling success.

Unhooking Mats

Unhooking mats, as the name suggests, is the mat that you place your capture on whilst you unhook them. By placing your fish directly on the bank, you seriously risk damaging its scales. Not only is the bank hard but it is also rarely smooth. Twigs, stones, and other bankside debris can be dangerously damaging for your capture. This is why all the unhooking mats in our range are padded. Unhooking a fish isn’t always as simple as it sounds, particularly if you’re faced with a sharp-toothed predator on the end of your line. It is important to have a firm and safe surface on which to rest your fish whilst you negotiate the hook from its mouth. There are two main types of unhooking mats available, one being a basic mat that is usually padded, flat and pegged into the ground. The second option is the ‘carp cradle’. This has the same padded base as the classic unhooking mat but it also has the added benefit of high rise padded sides. If you’re someone who regularly finds themselves having to battel with particularly hard fighting or aggressive captures on the bank, this is the perfect option for you. Not only does it trap the fish, meaning that if they do begin to fight back they aren’t going anywhere, but it also calms the fish. This is also why you’ll find that some unhooking mats have attached covers, designed for laying over the fish to keep them in the dark whilst you set up your weighing equipment. Also, remember to keep the mat wet– preferably with cold water directly from the lake. This is because a dry mat will strip the protective mucous layer from the fish, placing the fish at risk to diseases and damage.

Both options of the mat can sometimes come fitted with an additional padded side flap. This is for you to kneel on whilst you unhook your fish, protecting your knees from the lumps and bumps of the ground in the same way that you’re protecting your carp.

Weigh Slings

Like unhooking mats, the name of this product is fairly self-explanatory. It is a sling that you place your capture in, which hooks around your scales in order to accurately weigh your fish. For many anglers, knowing the weight of their capture is one of the most important aspects of angling. Ask any carp angler you meet about their favourite catch and chances are they will start by telling you the weight of the fish. It’s therefore not only important to invest in an accurate pair of scales, in order to ensure that you’re able to precisely record your captures, but it is also important to hold the fish safely and securely whilst you weigh it.

Our collection of weighing slings have all been designed in a shape that complements the natural shape of the fish, and have been made with fish-friendly materials to look after their delicate scales. Many of the weigh slings double up retention or flotation slings. This means that they not only give you somewhere safe to hold your fish but they also provide a safe place for your fish to recover in the water before you release it back to its home.

With both our weigh slings and our unhooking mats, there is a range of brands to look out for such as Trakker, Aqua, and fish-care fanatics Chub. We’ve also created our own-brand range of fish care products; Advanta.

Fish Care Accessories

We also stock a range of carp care kits, from Korda and Nash. These are medical kits which allow you to repair any damage you or other anglers may have accidentally caused. Placing a bit of medical serum into the mouth of the carp where it was hooked can help the hook wound to heal. If you want your carp to thrive and to continue to grow, these medical carp care kits are vital additions to your tackle box.

Angling Direct aims to bring you the world’s best fish care products at the lowest possible prices – as protecting your fish need not cost the earth!

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