Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard selected the best products that caught his eye during 2016. Here's his lowdown on the Mainline Essential Cell ...

I HATE to think of how many kilos of Mainline Essential Cell have been fed and how many fish have fallen to them.

Yellow in colour with a fruity aroma, and an improvement on the successful nutritional technology of Mainline’s original Cell.

You can’t pigeon hole this bait as a fishmeal, protein or a bird food. It contains active ingredients to encourage carp to eat it all-year-round.

There’s frozen boilies in 10, 15 and 18 mm formats, and an extensive range of Essential Cell ‘extras’ from dumbell hookers and pop-ups, wafters, bright and micro pop-ups, liquid boosters, groundbait, carp pellets, a stick mix liquid, Toppers even Dissolvas hookbaits designed to slowly fizz and breakdown in your swim to pull fish to your hair rig.

Mainline don’t do things by halves, this is an impressive range and let’s face it, they have a track record of producing winning carp baits.

Price: Boilies from £11.75 a kilo. Paste £5.50. Pellet £3.25 400 g. Hookbaits from £6.75. Hookbait System £10.80. Base Mix £10.04. Activator £12.24. Groundbait £8.99 2 kg. Stick Mix £6.99 a kilo. Stick Mix liquid £9.99 500ml.