The Daiwa 12 ft 2.75 lb Powermesh Barbel 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.

IN situations when you need a bit more grunt for your barbel fishing, the 12 ft 2.75 lb Daiwa Powermesh Barbel Rod is a serious contender.

Whether you need it for big rivers, more challenging conditions or bigger fish, it’s built on a high-grade carbon blank with 1K woven carbon, and I would say it’s got the power for straight lead, feeder work and PVA bagging.

Combined with a progressive, fish-playing cushion, Daiwa have played safe with their 4 oz casting weight rating, as you’re likely to find a bit more ‘in the bank’ if you need to step-up.

It comes with a ‘straight’ top, as expected.

This is a rod that I can see being fished in multiples on alarms on big rivers. The line rating of 10-15 lb, makes perfect sense. This isn’t a tool that’s going to fall short, coming with a Fuji cork handle, Fuji DPS reel seat, stainless steel frame guides and lightweight, LS ceramic rings.

It’s a specialist product for the more extreme side of barbel fishing, but as we all know, barbel often like to feed when there’s a ‘few feet on’, when nailing a bait down can require a bit more lead.

Price: £125.