if you have been angling for a number of years then you’ll be more than familiar with the concept of a splash mat. Designed initially to keep grit and grime out of your reels, prolonging the performance life of your expensive equipment, splash mats are now used for a variety of purposes and are an essential aspect of the committed carp angler’s setup. This Cygnet Splash Mat is more than just your standard splash mat, however, and, like all Cygnet tackle, it has been precision engineered in order to ensure that it and provide the ultimate all-round application for your carp fishing.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Cygnet Splash Mat is its sleek silk black finish. As with all Cygnet gear, this is accompanied by seriously minimal graphics. This ensures that you can pair it with any combination of carp rods and reels for a classy appearance on the bank – although it serves a far greater purpose than simply looking good. In fact, the primary purpose of this colouring is to ensure that your bite indicators are clearly visible at all times. No matter what colour indicator is you preference – whether you prefer modern purples and whites or you’re more traditional with blues and reds – you’ll be able to clearly see them from a distance against the sleek silk black background of the Cygnet Splash Mat. This gives you the confidence to respond positively to the smallest indications, removing the option of chance on the bank.
The next thing you’ll notice are the four pegging holes. These are on each of the four corners of your Cygnet Splash Mat and they ensure that you can get a completely flat lay – uninterrupted by any puckering and flapping due to the wind. The mat comes supplied with four high quality ground spikes, allowing you to position your mat easily on the bank. You’ll also notice two additional holes in the mat – one at the front and one at the rear. These are designed with your bank sticks in mind, giving you the kind of all-over coverage form the splash mat that you’ll require as a serious carp angler. These also ensure that you’re completely pegged down, eliminating the risk that you’ll be chasing down your mat during high winds.
The Cygnet Splash Mat ensures that vegetation never interferes with your delicate indicator and line setups. This means that you don’t have to worry about fishing close to grassy or weedy banks, as the Cygnet Splash Mat will flatten and trap any vegetation beneath it – keeping it neatly out of the way of your reels. As with all classic splash mats, the Cygnet Splash Mat also prevents the incursions of grit and grime into the expensive inner mechanisms of your reels. Splash from the water and the ground as you experience takes can cause no end of damage to your setup and this splash mat ensures that the risk of this affecting your angling is practically eliminated.
The Cygnet Splash Mat is 73cm by 39cm. This ensures that it offers a compact setup and you can comfortable lay three of these mats side by side when you’re fishing with a three-rod setup using buzzer bars – giving your rods and reels complete protection from the worst of the bankside dirt. Cygnet is a brand that prides itself on creating superior quality bank ware and all the gear the brand manufactures is designed to withstand the daily rigours of all-weather carp fishing. This includes everything from its high performing buzz bars, to its distance sticks, and right through to a product as seemingly simple as this Cygnet Splash Mat.