Unhooking Mat Table ?

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Being rather creaky in the knee joints, which makes it difficult to get down to unhook larger fish which require the use of an unhooking mat, I'm considering buying a large bait table on which to place a mat.
I'm not talking about doubles with which I can always get assistance, but high singles that are too big to handle safely without laying them down.

The Penrose large bait table looks a possibility.
Any suggestions you older and less agile members?

I would point out that I am talking about fishing from a Carp chair rather than from a seatbox.
 
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How about sitting down and putting the mat in your lap?
safer than a table, and less to carry.




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Thom

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what if the fish rolls off? i wouldn't say this is a good idea personally.
 

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Like what metal says,not a very good idea.Fish saftey always first!!!
 

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Thanks for contributions, couldn't agree more about fish care and safety,but bear in mind that I always stand up to net my fish,then,when I've put my rod down, I walk round to the side of my chair where I lay the net containing the fish on my mat where I remove the hook nearly always from the lower lip( I always use a hair rig) while gently resting one hand on the fish in case it flips. I have never yet had any 'accidents' using this procedure.
As I said, fish care is paramount,
 

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you can get those mats that cloae the fish in.

or the chub one that has walls one of them of a platform would be ok i think aslong as its not a huge fish
 

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Thanks mangrojack, they 're not huge fish, but please explain a little more.
 
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SlugSalter

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I sometimes use one of those plastic Keenets seat boxes that has a cushion on it, set up in front of me. I don't take the fish out of the net though, I lift the net onto the box so that the fish can't wriggle off. I wouldn't use it for anything over about 3lbs though.
 

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I don't take the fish out of the net either, I find it safer that way.
 

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Originally posted by mangrojack

you can get those mats that cloae the fish in.

or the chub one that has walls one of them of a platform would be ok i think aslong as its not a huge fish

carp cots[;)]
http://www.fishingwarehouseshop.co.uk/product_info.php/products_id/1343 something like that
 

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thats the name i was looking for should no really having a sponsorship with greys/chub lol.
 
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