The 11 ft 8 in. Kodex SX-i Floater/Specimen Rod comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

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Description: a carp rod for floater fishing.

Specifications: a light carp rod with a 1.75-2.25 lb test curve; lightweight guides; full cork handle; slimline gunmetal reel seat; hook retainer.

My verdict: coming with a custom-built look, this rod has been designed for punching out a controller float with floating dog biscuits, pellets or pieces of crust on the hook.

I reckon you can expect some exciting battles with hard-fighting carp, on this light rod, whether they weigh 5 lb or 30 lb.

It looks look ideal for flicking out a freelined bait, too, and thanks to the progressive action, I’d be confident of playing carp close to the bank without fearing that the hook will pull out.

Kodex give it a rating of 15 lb main line to a 12 lb hook length, but I wouldn’t hesitate to drop down to a 10 lb main line to an 8 lb hook length.

The progressive action is complimented by Kodex’s choice of lightweight guides.

This rod will also double-up for a bit of  legering and Method feeder work for carp, bream, tench and barbel.

The cork handle gets a thumbs up, I find them more comfortable in the hand. The keeper ring is also useful for floater fishing, as you need to be tackled up and ready to go as soon as you’ve managed to get the carp competing for your loose feed.

Price: £99.99.

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