Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard selected the best products that caught his eye during 2016. Here's his lowdown on the Chapmans Stillwater BPX Big Pit Freespool Reel ...

IT’S doubtful whether you’ll beat Chapmans Angling on price and this big pit freespool is a typical example why.

They’re knocking them out for under £45 each, what’s more if you buy three, you can get them all for £120.

They might not have bundles of bearings at 5+1, but that machined aluminium spool will take the equivalent of 275 yards of 10 lb for range work and you’ve got a freespool facility.

The relatively compact body gets the thumbs up and that large rubberised grip.

Whether you’re thumping out for carp or looking to get a good distance with a 3 oz lead and mackerel tail this winter for pike, you’ve got to admit these are very competitively priced. They look alright too.

Price: £44.99.