The New Megabass Destroyer
JDM Rod Lineup is Coming to America
End Balancer: With the new
leading to weight-saving improvements in blank construction the company uses
counterweights to achieve the ideal balance for each application. Even the
F6-69X, which is balanced for a tip-up posture for heavy-cover applications
utilizes a mere 8g counterweight contained in the end balancer’s machined metal
form. To reflect this achievement, the shining gold end cap emblem of previous
generations has been updated to an understated "Bronze Meteo" finish on these
A new end balancer system and "Bronze Meteo" emblem finish each rod
The new Destroyer JDM
lineup will consist of twenty four new rods and the following are the official
descriptions for these rods from Megabass Japan. Some of these names are
instantly recognizable (e.g. SUPER DESTROYER), some are outrageously epic (e.g. TEQUILA
and all exhibit the level of madness that that is par for the course with these
enthusiast class rods.
The following are images of all the new JDM Destroyer rods and the actual
descriptions, and targeted applications, for each of the upcoming rods from
A dedicated mushi, or “bug” pattern bait finesse rod, the F0st-66X
SIGLETT excels in ultra-finesse topwater games. Improved solid-tip design
imparts otherworldly sensitivity and feel, transmitting the exquisitely detailed
minutiae of micro insect lures for precision control. Solid-tip characteristics
allow for rolling casts of featherweight lures and micro-shake rod work. Under
load, the blank transitions effortlessly to the mid-section to behave like a
regular taper rod throughout the fight. Further, the delicate responsiveness of
the solid tip captures even the lightest topwater bites, yielding instantly to
allow plugs to travel deep into predator throats for sure hooking. Ideal for
open water and light cover applications where spinning tackle hesitates.
POPX STICK (F1-63X)
By focusing on the characteristics that allow the POP-X to realize its full
potential, the F1-63X became a rare masterwork that unlocks untold potential
across the small-plugging world. The POPX STICK draws on the uniquely crisp
“spring-back” action of the 5-D GRAPHITE SYSTEM to overcome the soft
sluggishness of conventional light action rods. Where past light-action rods
bend deep into the blank with wobbly responsiveness and clumsy control, the POPX
STICK brings virtually lossless transmission to small plugs, communicating the
precise rhythm and energy of each “twitch” to impart irresistible action.
Further, the improved blank integrity of POPX STICK reduces blank twist and
instability throughout the cast, allowing more precise and powerful placement to
conjure key bites.
CRIFFHANGER THRILLING (F2-60X)
Re-imagining the CRIFF HANGER finesse masterpiece with 5-D GRAPHITE, Yuki Ito
developed the ultimate utility bait finesse rod: F2-60X CRIFFHANGER THRILLING.
Such a rod must strive for lightweight performance and test the limits of
extreme engineering; display excellent precision castability to pierce gaps in
cover; carry outsized load-bearing strength and lifting power; and above all,
inspire technical angling to new heights. The F2-60X delivers on all fronts,
displaying an astonishingly high power to weight ratio. The extraordinary level
of featherweight performance far exceeds the RACING CONDITION of the past,
expanding the bait finesse stage by leaps and bounds.
KASUMI SIX ELEVEN (F2.1/2-611X)
The F2.1/2-611X KASUMI SIX ELEVEN is built for delicate approaches from raised
angling vantages along bridges, canals, and steep-walled waterways, and
long-distance running and gunning to cover key spots with speed and precision.
Perfect for shad plugs, minnows, light crankbaits, small rubber jigs and bait
finesse, the KASUMI SIX ELEVEN displays overwhelming attack power, long range
utility, and versatility. When it is time for topwater approaches, the crisply
responsive 5-D blank propels screaming casts, delivers pinpoint accuracy, and
enables subtle angler control to impart irresistible action.
Finally, the HIEN finds a new raison d’être, powered by the
next-generation blank process of 5-D. The unique patterning and layering process
of 5-D enables variable action taper to unfold with impossible smoothness,
eliminating the subtly harsh feel of taper transitions under load. Thus, the
HIEN concept reemerges as the new F3-610X BAIT FINESSE, showcasing its delicate
fast action tip for precision control and strong mid-section for confident
power. Dialed-in to bait finesse cover approaches, long-distance shad plugging,
and light cranking, the next-generation HIEN has arrived.
Z-CRANK ELSEIL (F3.1/2-70X)
The F3.1/2-70X Z-CRANK ELSEIL is an achievement in purpose-built cranking,
arising from Yuki Ito’s dual-expertise as a lure and rod designer. Applying the
insight gained most recently from the SUPER-Z, Ito set out to trim the fat from
conventional cranking sticks, delivering a blank that gives with supple
smoothness, yet exhibits quick recovery and the highest power-to-weight ratio in
its class. This drives longer casts, confident control, and the ability to “pop”
lures free of grass—all without sacrificing the effortless “give” required to
capture cranking bites. The Z-CRANK ELSEIL excels with fast-moving lures such as
the SUPER-Z, VIBRATION-X DYNA, SMATRA, S-CRANK 1.2 and VISION ONETEN Jr. The new
lightweight, fast-moving special F3.1/2-70X demonstrates the kind of performance
only possible when rods are developed by the same designers as the lures for
which they are intended.
ONETEN STICK (F4-65X)
The F4-65X ONETEN STICK is built specifically for Japanese-style jerkbaiting,
leveraging revolutionary 5-D graphite construction to elevate the jerkbait
platform to new heights. At 6’5”, the length has been perfectly calibrated for
maximum jerk impact with minimal effort, requiring less angler input to hit
slack line and set your jerkbaits to dancing. 5-D construction makes for a
refreshingly responsive blank, snapping back to attention with a whip-quickness
that makes dialing-in jerkbait cadence a pure joy. A set of larger-diameter
guides are employed to add tip weight for ease of downward-jerking, in addition
to reducing the effect of ice buildup in the winter months. Further, larger
diameter rings provide a visual que—just watch for the line to reverberate and
shake, and you know you have executed a proper slack-line jerk. To many
professional anglers, there is only one jerkbait—the VISION ONETEN. It stands to
reason there is only one ONETEN STICK for Japanese jerkbaiting.
The F4-66X CYCLONE has endured from the first Destroyer® launch, a unique
distinction that serves as a reference point for iterative refinement.
Harnessing the 5-D Graphite System to further the concept of compact versatility
and outsize performance, the new CYCLONE is the lightest, most responsively
dynamic version yet. The featherweight 6’6” shaft and perfect balance makes the
rod feel a foot shorter in hand, making for confidence-inspiring
controllability. From small spinnerbaits to soft stickbaits and medium-sized
plugs like the POPMAX and GIANT DOG-X, the CYCLONE continues to punch above its
weight class, delivering inspired control and crisp feedback. For anglers
seeking to tap into Megabass’ rich DNA, the CYCLONE is a new benchmark in Yuki
Ito’s angling vision.
THE DARK SLEEPER (F4.1/2-71X)
The F4.1/2-71X THE DARK SLEEPER is the key to the stubborn lock of dormant deep
fish, enabling precision presentation of light Texas rigs, bottom-tracing
swimbaits, bladed swim jigs and worms. The exquisite tension of the 7’ blank is
tuned for that improbable balance of sensitive rod work and overwhelming lifting
power, swiftly translating whip-quick hooksets into culls from the deep. 5-D
GRAPHITE SYSTEM transfers load with studied ease, allowing THE DARK SLEEPER’s
fast taper design to draw the fight into the blank’s powerful mid-section to
dominate surging targets. Not limited solely to high-precision deep approaches,
the F4.1/2-71X also demonstrates excellent light Texas and small jig pitching
performance amongst light cover.
The F5-68X BLADE derives its name both from the blade bait category and its
ability to cut weeds and reeds with sharp power. Imbued with the unique blank
tension of the 5-D GRAPHITE SYSTEM, the BLADE’s medium-fast taper is ideally
suited to spinnerbaits, bladed swim jigs, Texas rigs and jigs deployed where
cover contact is inevitable. The BLADE is tuned to maximize direct lure
feedback, transmitting the subtle vibrations necessary for intuitive adjustments
on the water. A shaft that accurately conveys even slight changes in vibration
is an active participant in elevating your game, enabling a particularly
aggressive cover approach.
MAD BULL (F5-70X)
The F5-70X MAD BULL comfortably corrals the hard-charging action of deep
crankbaits, vibrations and medium-sized swimbaits, and subdues recklessly
fighting fish with the surprising strength of its 5-D blank. Regular taper
design, supercharged with the 5-D’s high-tension construction, provides a
wellspring of readily available power, enabling confident angling even in mat
cover pockets requiring subtle precision.
Named in honor of the storied “X-Bites” Japanese fishing program, the F5.1/2-72X
rises to the challenge of extreme conditions and unspeakably tough bites. The
extra-fast taper of THE X-BITES commands bottom contact rigs in the depths with
supreme confidence, delivering pinpoint feedback to heighten angler awareness
and lure presentation. In addition to staple ½ and ¾oz weights, THE X-BITES is
able to handle lighter Texas rigs in deeper water, adding a subtly devastating
option to fill out limits on tough days. The rod’s lightweight and balanced
design, coupled with intense sensitivity, delivers the kind of performance that
will conquer the toughest competitions.
KILLER CODE (F6-66X)
Delivering monster torque, the F6-66X KILLER CODE is a close-quarters precision
tool for larger baits like the i-WING 135 that often require longer, heavier
rods. In the search for the ideal blend of tension, torque, and length, the
“666” rod number code has emerged again, showcasing its unique ability to place
and control heavyweight lures. The 6’6” length delivers truly outsize power,
drawing upon the 5-D GRAPHITE SYSTEM to stop monsters in their tracks and
deliver them to the surface. Compact blank and regular taper offer highly
maneuverable presentation of swimbaits, big baits and frogs, bringing
overwhelming performance to tight cast windows and pinpoint target areas.
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