The Carp Spirit Magnum Rods come 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: carp rods.                                                              

Specifications: Magnum XLR (Xtra-Long Range): 13 ft (3.75 lb) casting rod; 46-ton high-modulus Nano Matrix Carbon blank, 1-K weave; Fuji Alconite BKWAG guides, including a 50 mm butt guide and an anti-frap tip guide; ALPS reel seat; anti-scratch finish; stainless steel butt cap.

Magnum X5: 12 ft (3 lb and 3.5 lb) and 13 ft (3.5 lb) rods; 40-ton high-modulus Nano Matrix Carbon blanks; 1-K weave; Sea Guide TUXTLSG guides, including a 50 mm butt guide and an anti-frap tip guide; 18 mm Carbon Clone reel seat; anti-scratch finish; stainless steel butt cap.

Magnum X3: 12 ft (3 lb and 3.5 lb) and 13 ft (3.5 lb) rods; 36-ton high-modulus Nano Matrix Carbon blanks; 3-K weave; Sea Guide TUXTLSG guides, including an anti-frap tip guide; 18 mm DPS Fuji reel seat; anti-scratch finish, stainless steel butt cap.

Magnum X1: 10, 12 and 13 ft (3 lb) rods, plus 12 ft (2.75 lb) and 13 ft (3.5 lb) versions; blended 30- and 36-ton hi-modulus carbon blanks; small section of 3-K weave; Sea Guide BTLSG double-leg SiC guides; full Japanese shrink wrapped handles; 18 mm DPS reel seat; stainless steel butt cap.

My verdict: I like the space-age look of the Magnum XLR rod, which claims to have the ability to cast a baited rig to over 200 yards.

The Magnum X5s are what I like to call ‘proper’ fishing rods, having quality fittings and slim, powerful blanks, making them a perfect choice for fishing at long or short distances.

I’m hearing from good sources that it is the Magnum X3 range that is likely to grab the most attention, purely because you’re getting a lot of quality for the price, thanks to the buying power of global company Rapala, the owner of Carp Spirit.

Coming with a semi-fast action, they are a joy to play fish with, and have the power in the butt section for casting heavy payloads, blended with a top section that’s  forgiving enough to cope with fish under the rod tip, without hook pulls.

If you’re looking to upgrade your carp rod for the first time, check out the X1s, which have some of the same features found in the X3 and X5 range, but cost under £100.

I like their minimalist look, and the shrink wrapped handle will sit neatly under your forearm when you’re playing fish.

The anti-scratch finish on the XLR, X5 and X3 rods are a welcome feature, ensuring that your rods still look good after seasons of use.

The anti-frap tip guides used throughout the Magnum family help reduce the chance of ‘wrap arounds’ when casting. I rate all the Magnums as ‘serious rods’. I can’t see any reason why they shouldn’t sell well.

Prices: XLRs £329.99; X5s £199.99-£219.99; X3s £159.99-£179.99; X1s £74.99-£99.99.

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