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THIS four-strong Preston Innovations Monster Carp Rods family come with powerful yet forgiving blanks, to tame commercial carp. All can be carried ready-rigged, thanks to the two-piece construction.

The three feeder rods are supplied with three carbon quivertips, rated at 1, 1.5 and 2 oz. All of the rods boast part-cork and part-EVA handles with tough, screw-down reel seats.

Choose the 10 ft Feeder for fishing at distances of up to around 30 metres with straight leads and Method feeders. Swap to the 11 ft for casts of up to 50 m. The Method Feeder rod is easily capable of hitting 60 m or more, and will also find use on rivers for barbel.

The Pellet Waggler rod is forgiving enough to cast small pellet wagglers, but has plenty of power in reserve to tame large carp quickly. The 11 ft length is perfect for short casts of up to around 40 m, and when casting to islands, where the shorter length will come in handy.

Prices: 10 ft Feeder £89.99; 11 ft Feeder and 11 ft Pellet Waggler £94.99; 12 ft Method Feeder £99.99.