Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard is the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Here's his lowdown on the Wychwood Extricator 5000FD reel…

ALTHOUGH designed to compliment Wychwood’s short Extricator carp rods, for the likes of stalking and floater fishing, it’s more than that.

We can see this new compact bodied, big spooled reel also being snapped up for loads of uses from barbel fishing on big rivers, or heavy feeder fishing.

Just revealed by Wychwood and set to hit the shops in May, it’s designed with a magnesium body with an aluminium spool and a spare.

It offers all the casting benefits of a large spool with quality line lay on what’s a fairly compact reel. This ‘baby-pit’ will accommodate 237 m of 0.30 mm line.

The multi-disk front drag goes from freespool to locked-up in around one and a half turns coupling well with less forgiving braided lines with its range of adjustability, as well as mono.

Anglers will also warm to the good-sized wooden handle knob, understated looks and black finish. It comes with 9+1 ball bearings and a 4.8:1 gear ratio.

Price: £79.99.