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wondering if anyone could recommend a small lightweight cradle, tired of pike slipping off my flat matt

my deadbaiting method sees me packing up and moving up river every 45 mins, so something that is small, quickly packed up and light weight is what I'd like

thanks!
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Not a cradle but will sort the pike slipping problem and nice and compact for traveling.
Esp drawstring mat.

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Prob get one in angling direct and you get a free w**k with every purchase
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I just got one of the new cotswold pike mats it’s that light I didn’t even think it was in the box
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Is it well padded?
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Cotswold pike roll up mat £80+……….!
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Try a sling style mat, keep the ends zipped up and you can properly straddle the pike and keep it under control. Then Chuck your stuff in it to move swim :thumbs:
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That looks huge and cumbersome and imo just unnecessary,
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There's obviously a market for mat's and cradles but £80 is a bit steep no matter what it does.

Not what the OP was asking for but I've recently bought a replacement mat/weigh sling from Argos a Leeda Rogue unhooking mat and wiegh sling. It zips up and having 2 zips you can zip it up a little bit on each end if needed. It cost me £30. It's basic but it does the job its all that i really need.

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Nige Johns wrote: Tue Nov 09 2021 21:05 -
That looks huge and cumbersome and imo just unnecessary,
Agree, like so much gear advertised for fishing. My mat rolls up and fits under the top flap of my rucksack. Any piece of kit that doesn't fit in my rucksack or quiver is no use to me. Remaining free hand is for my lightest chair. A lot of this stuff is probably OK for those who can drive to their swim. Not where I fish.
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I don’t mind paying for quality kit, it's perfect for what I need it for with the right Dimensions to cover anything I catch and help keep any pike safely in the mat, I see to many pike that looks like it’s had a fight with the bank or the inside of a boat, we all know what buggers they can be on the mat, if it’s worth catching it’s worth looking after

It’s no secret that cotswold gear is expensive but its probably the best (& British) hand made gear on the market

I always class my gear as tools of the trade and look for the best tools for me that I can afford ( well the mat is a Christmas 🎅🏼 present 🎁 from my little girls)
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Luce-wizard wrote: Wed Nov 10 2021 08:41 -
I don’t mind paying for quality kit, it's perfect for what I need it for with the right Dimensions to cover anything I catch and help keep any pike safely in the mat, I see to many pike that looks like it’s had a fight with the bank or the inside of a boat, we all know what buggers they can be on the mat, if it’s worth catching it’s worth looking after

It’s no secret that cotswold gear is expensive but its probably the best (& British) hand made gear on the market

I always class my gear as tools of the trade and look for the best tools for me that I can afford ( well the mat is a Christmas 🎅🏼 present 🎁 from my little girls)
Im looking to get one of these ..
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I just ordered one of the abu garcia veast unhooking mats. Looks like it gives excellent protection and packs down nice and compact. I'll see what it's like and report back when I've used it....
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KEEP wrote: Tue Nov 09 2021 03:19 -
wondering if anyone could recommend a small lightweight cradle, tired of pike slipping off my flat matt

my deadbaiting method sees me packing up and moving up river every 45 mins, so something that is small, quickly packed up and light weight is what I'd like

thanks!
You don’t want a small mat because then it’s not fit for purpose with a pikes potential dimensions. I use a Korum foldamat for my barbel fishing which is 36inch long and ideal for the biggest of barbel but not long enough to cater for a proper pike. A longer version of this particular mat would be perfect imo because the side wall perimeter is very firm and stable unlike a lot of these rubbish draw string things that offer no rigidity in the walls at all.

I bought an abode mat with zip up sides for my pike fishing. It’s not huge but it will happily cater for a big 20 no problem and it’s got a Velcro flap that completely covers the fish so you can turn your back on it for a few seconds knowing it won’t bounce out.
It folds in half and has two carry handles so it’s very light and simple to transport about. The side wall protection is adequate as well.
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This is what I use for my river pike care.
Weighs 1.8kg and also doubles up as a secure sling.
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And folded up in half for transport
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The only time I'll use a cradle mat is when I am forced to - some of the carp waters I fish have made them compulsory. Bloody useless things - you get a decent carp or for that matter, pike in one and it starts to dance around, you'd better be standing next to it, else that fish will be on the bank. Seen this so many times. The raised sides allow the fish to exert more leverage and most have velcro tabs to seal the retaining flap, hardly ideal. At least with a flat mat, the propensity for escape is much lower. The other issue is their portability; you can't exactly roll one up and tie to the rucksack. I use the good old ET pike mat most of the time - rolls up and sits on my rucksack, weighs feck all and I have never had a pike escape it. The other mat I use, but generally when I fish off the barrow for carp, is the Aqua Combi Mat. Not quite as portable as the ET, but you can put a low chair in it and then have the carrying strap over your shoulder; it's a step up from the ET that's for sure and I've used that for pike a few times now - had fish to 28 in it so far, plenty of room for bigger. It has a zipped retaining flap, zero chance of any cockups there and it is heavily cushioned. Best flat mat there is IMO, worth considering if you want a step up from the ET, else the latter is the default choice (IMO). Forget cradles, they're for babies :wink: :clown:
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Mark Phillips wrote: Wed Nov 24 2021 21:38 -
Bloody useless things - you get a decent carp or for that matter, pike in one and it starts to dance around, you'd better be standing next to it, else that fish will be on the bank.
this is a very smart opinion thank you for raising it, it makes total sense.
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KEEP wrote: Tue Nov 09 2021 03:19 -
wondering if anyone could recommend a small lightweight cradle, tired of pike slipping off my flat matt

my deadbaiting method sees me packing up and moving up river every 45 mins, so something that is small, quickly packed up and light weight is what I'd like

thanks!

Use the water whenever possible.
Unhook in or over your net, if your into weighing do it with the fish in the net, just lift it clear to get your reading, when its released wiegh the net in situ and make the deduction. If you want a pic get in with it.
No fuss, no bundle to carry, safest option for the fish, with the money you save you can buy a really safe plastic mesh net, maybe even a Mclean weigh net.

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Drennan have just released a larger version of the specialist unhooking mat. Has the ability to raise the sides
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Mark Phillips wrote: Wed Nov 24 2021 21:38 -
The only time I'll use a cradle mat is when I am forced to - some of the carp waters I fish have made them compulsory. Bloody useless things - you get a decent carp or for that matter, pike in one and it starts to dance around, you'd better be standing next to it, else that fish will be on the bank. Seen this so many times. The raised sides allow the fish to exert more leverage and most have velcro tabs to seal the retaining flap, hardly ideal. At least with a flat mat, the propensity for escape is much lower. The other issue is their portability; you can't exactly roll one up and tie to the rucksack. I use the good old ET pike mat most of the time - rolls up and sits on my rucksack, weighs feck all and I have never had a pike escape it. The other mat I use, but generally when I fish off the barrow for carp, is the Aqua Combi Mat. Not quite as portable as the ET, but you can put a low chair in it and then have the carrying strap over your shoulder; it's a step up from the ET that's for sure and I've used that for pike a few times now - had fish to 28 in it so far, plenty of room for bigger. It has a zipped retaining flap, zero chance of any cockups there and it is heavily cushioned. Best flat mat there is IMO, worth considering if you want a step up from the ET, else the latter is the default choice (IMO). Forget cradles, they're for babies :wink: :clown:
It’s a very good point Mark. Giving a Mat walls I’m sure encourages some people to leave fish unsupervised.
They actually banned the Korum fast mat on a few waters I know of because they hold water and idiots were brimming them and recovering fish in the mat….. you couldn’t make this s**t up!

I’ve got nothing against flat mats if your blessed with a level peg.

I actually really like the support the walled mat offers because I’m always angling on a river bank and flat mats are next to useless on anything other than level ground.
Like everyone, before cradles I used a flat mat for years and we got by just fine. Wet mat, slimy fish, sloping bank…… not always ideal but the day I bought my first mat with a perimeter around the edge to support the fish on a slope I never looked back.
I think the situation governs which is the better option.

Edit. I must admit if I was spending more time on level playing fields, I’d very seriously consider one of those Aqua combi’s. Just looked em up on YT and……… yeah! They look really excellent!
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