im new to the site and i just noticed in alot of your photos in the "where u fished today" topic's there is a lack of unhooking mat use.
I fish exclusively for carp and thought alot of these venue's have complusery unhooking mat rule?
Anthough this Pike is on a mat, it is not mine. I did not own one when I went to Castle Howard but willget one for this season, although most of my fish are that small I can hold them in my hand to unhook them. LOL ....Haydn
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Personally I use an unhooking mat when I can't hold the fish to unhook it or else I slip the hook whilst it is in the landing net and put it back into the water from there which is often quicker than using a mat.
A lot of fisheries do insist on the use of mats for unhooking instead of laying the fish on the ground but don't specify that all fish have to be placed on mats regardless.
One point that does need making though is that if a mat is to be used - wet it, as a dry mat can cause alot of harm and a lot of people aren't told that 
Hi Scott and welcome to the gang .
I carry a mat with me all the time just in case, but as others have said, unless it's a bigger fish then I tend to unhook them in the landing net and into the keepnet.
First of all mate Welcome to Maggotdrowning 
I'm like Malc in that most of my fishing is match orientated,and they go from landing net to keepnet without touching the floor.
In a pleasure fishing situation most are unhooked in the net and released straight away although i do take a mat with me,just incase an outsize specimen comes along.(very rare in my case )
welcome scott :when ever i go up and down the rivers i always carry an unhooking mat as it doubles as something to sit on with out carrying a chair,but even some of the well known anglers have photo`s of fish not on matt`s