The Middy Reactacore XZ 10 ft 9 in. Mini Commercial Waggler 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.

Description: a short rod for bagging commercial fishery carp on a float.

Specifications: 10 ft 9 in. two-piece rod; four-layer fast-response carbon blank; parabolic action; strong and long-lasting weave wrap joints; slim, featherlight blank and handle; SCX smooth-cast guides; hook retainer; S-Line ergonomic reel seat; supplied in a fully padded rod case.

My verdict: this mini float rod is geared towards fishing a pellet waggler on commercial fisheries.

I’m already hearing that even 3 g floats can be punched out nice and accurately.

Thanks to the Quad carbon technology, the blank reacts quickly when casting and striking.

The parabolic action is ideal for subduing hard-fighting carp in warm water.

The length is not so short that you’re left needing to pick up more line when striking, or struggling to present a bait at a comfortable distance in open water, and it’s not too long for commercial venues.

I also like the fact that it is a two-piece, fold-down design.

It comes with a 10 lb main line and 8 lb hook length rating, and a casting weight of between 4 and 20 g.

This is a top-end Middy ‘gem’.

Price: £199.99.

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