Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard selected the best products caught his eye during 2016. Here's his lowdown on the Okuma X-Spot 80 Spod and Marker Reel ...

THIS Okuma reel is specifically designed to handle repeatedly thumping out a heavy spod for baiting up and marker work. It’s not designed for playing and landing fish on.

Inside you’ll find super strong components, to handle the rigours of what it’s designed to do.

At the same time Okuma have removed functions that aren’t needed for spodding like backwind capability and the internal bail trips.

The bail arm actually has a lock so it cannot accidentally flip over on the cast and cause a ‘crack off’.

You will also find three low profile line clips with extra-large internal springs on the machine cut, anodized spool. So you can repeatedly ‘punch out’ to the clip with piece of mind.

Another big thumbs up is the impressive 125 cm of line retrieve rate per handle turn, so you can get in and back out a gain. Impressive.

Price: £69.99.