“A great retainer, with all the optimum fixtures.”

Max says: Everyone owns a retainer sling but some are better than others. Buoyant floats, a full zip and a good water flow are what I look for in a good retainer and this one from Gardner fits the bill.

The mesh at the base provides ample water flow and allows quick drainage while also reducing the weight of the whole package. With heavy-duty full-length zips, I am safe in the knowledge that a fish isn’t going to escape. Added to this, heavy-duty carry handles for a sure grip make lifting big fish onto the mat much easier. I particularly like the long retaining cord. Measuring four metres, it’s ideal if you have a shallow margin but need to retain fish over deeper water.

Price: £34.99