The Carp Spirit Blax Spod and Marker Rods come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 product inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

Description: rods for spodding and marker float work.

Specifications: Sea-Guide BTLSG guides; 18 mm DPS reel seat; matt black blank; abbreviated handle; black, anodised fittings.

Spod rods: 12 ft long with a choice of 4.5 lb (three-piece) and 5 lb (two-piece) test curves; recommended casting weights of 150-190 g and 160-240 g respectively.

Marker rod: 12 ft long with a 3.75 lb test curve; recommended casting weight of 90-130 g; 30 and 50 cm depth markers on the blank; luminous tip.

My verdict: a fortnight ago I revealed the ‘Best in Class’ Blax series of rods from Carp Spirit, and this week I’m delighted to reveal these dedicated spod and marker rods, which are part of the same range.

Boasting competitive price tags, these designs have plenty of power in the butt section for launching heavy payloads.

The Blax series is certainly an attractive range, for fishing, baiting up and finding features.

I would expect a friendly tackle dealer to cut you a better deal if you were to purchase multiple rods in the range.

The marker rods come with a glow-in-the-dark, sensitive tip, helping you to ‘feel’ for gravel bars and clean areas, especially if you load your reel with low-stretch braided line.

30 and 50 cm depth markers above the reel seat will help you to gauge the depth accurately. It all helps!

Prices: £54.99-£59.99.

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