Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard carefully selects stand-out products every week, and he was impressed by the Angler's Mail Carp Product of the Week - JRC X-Lite sticks, bars and adaptors. Check out his lowdown here…


JRC’s black, anodised, lightweight aluminium range of sticks and buzzer bars has some very useful features and additions.

As well as 9, 12, 18, 24 and 36 in. telescopic banksticks complete with solid points and rock solid thumbscrews, there are the X-Lite Buzz Bars in 4.5, 5, 5.5 and 6 in. two-rod formats and 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 in. three-rod designs. However it’s the X-Lite Pod Base and X-Lite Pod Base Adaptors that really caught my eye.

The Pod Base consists of two of the adjustable 24 in. sticks already fitted with adaptors (four), to allow you to connect your front and back buzzer bars and uprights when set up goalpost-style, to convert them into a solid pod system, utilising built-in goalpost converters on the buzzer bars themselves.

Alternatively, you can fish two uprights on a two-rod, or three uprights on a three-rod, rear buzzer bar and use the X-Lite Pod Base ’sticks to add rigidity and support, to fish the rods splayed out with just single sticks and indicators up front. There are several permutations.

The X-Lite Pod Base ‘sticks’ fit easily inside the pocket of a quiver or a holdall without any extra bags. You can also buy the clever X-Lite Pod Base Adaptors, a set boasts two male and two female adaptors, which fit to the top and bottom of the X-Lite Banksticks to convert them into a pod base.

It’s a well-thought-out and versatile system.

PRICES: Banksticks £6.99-£10.99; Buzz Bars £9.99-£13.99; Pod Base – two sticks – £34.99; Adaptors – two male/two female – £15.99.