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Megabass Doubles Up the Ancient Dragon God of Water : Orochi XX

 

Date: 4/27/13
Tackle Type: Rods
Manufacturer: Megabass of America
Reviewer: Cal






 

 

Introduction: Late in 2012 Megabass Japan and Megabass USA, formerly two separate corporate entities, merged to create Megabass of America, now a subsidiary of Megabass Japan. The goal of this new subsidiary is to take the Megabass product global. No where was this new direction for one of Japan's most popular tackle manufacturers more evident than at ICAST 2012 where the Megabass booth garnered unwavering crowds of attention throughout the show.

 


Introducing Megabass's Orochi XX (Double-X) bass rods.

Now finally, in early 2013, the fruit from this new merger is beginning to ripen. Here is an exclusive, hands-on ProducTTpreview of the very first crop of product to come to market from Megabass of America: introducing the new Orochi Double-X production rods.


Designed with the North American tournament angler in mind, the series features signature sticks from Aaron Martens and Luke Clausen.

 

The Megabass product, requires no formal introduction to the general bass fishing audience. The legendary success of the Vision 110 jerkbait together with the magic, allure, and mystique that surrounds their fishing rods is only heightened by what many would consider an unattainable price tag. Yet despite that air of exclusivity, or maybe because of it, the interest and desirability of anything "Megabass" continues to grow.

 


They are crafted from low-resin 40-ton graphite with a vertical axis surrounded by a 2 axis cross pattern layer, followed by another vertical access and finished off with a 4 axis wrap through half the blank's length.

Well, following the mold of luxury car companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Audi whose high end product has similar unattainable status to the masses, but who also offer a line of introductory product for those who want a sample of the luxury car brand, Megabass of America is changing things up a little. They've worked hard with their parent company and two of their most popular and successful national pros, Aaron Martens and Luke Clausen, to develop a series of rods that 1) are tailored to American style tournament bass fishing, 2) leverage Megabass technology and design, and 3) are the most affordable series of rods from Megabass ever with each stick retailing for under $300.

Each rod features Megabass's patented ITO Headlock reel seat system.


Megabass of America on the new Orochi XX: Crafted of super low-resin carbon up to the 40-ton grade, the materials of each Orochi blank are custom matched to the rod's intended application. Each blank features a vertical-axis carbon core wrapped with a 2-axis XX-Micro Carbon layer, followed by an additional vertical-axis carbon layer. Each blank is then finished off with a 4-axis carbon wrap that goes from the butt section to the mid-section, for a total of 6-axis. Since carbon material is strongest along its axis, this unique manufacturing process adds significant strength to combat blank twist and improve overall structural integrity, all without adding unnecessary weight.


Gone are the badges at the end of the rods in favor of the more ergonomic composite cork buttcaps.

Each Orochi XX is purpose-built for tournaments, and our craftsmen know that a single cast can make all the difference. Each rod has a carefully selected range of tangle-free Fuji KWSG, KR-H, and Fuji small caliber Alconite guides for smooth casting and increased sensitivity; Fuji reel seats; Megabass custom ITO Head Locking Reel Seat (PAT.); a rubber/cork composite end cap to protect against fierce hook sets; a Megabass original hook keeper; and lastly, that fit and finish you can only expect from Megabass.

Megabass Orochi XX Rod Lineup

Model
Name
Pwr
Lure
Line
Tpr
Wt
Bal
BT
F3-611XXS
Drop Shot
L
1/16-1/2
4-12
Med-F
4.1
7
0.15
F3.5-70XXS
Shakey Head
ML
1/16-1/2
4-12
Fast
4.1
7.5
0.15
F4.5-68XX
Jerkbait Special
M
1/4-3/4
8-18
Mod
4.6
6.5
0.14
F4.5-70XX
Flat Side Special
M
1/4-3/4
8-18
Mod
4.7
6.5
0.15
F5-610XX
Spinnerbait Special
MH
3/8-1
12-25
Med-F
4.5
6.5
0.18
F5-75XX
Extreme Mission Type F
MH
3/8-1
12-25
Fast
5.8
6
0.20
F6-70XX
Tour Versatile
H
3/8-1 1/2
12-25
Med-F
5.6
7.25
0.23
F6.5-70XX
Jig & Worm
H
3/8-1 1/2
12-25
Fast
5.7
8
0.23
F7-72XX
Perfect Pitch
XH
3/8-2
12-30
Fast
6.4
5
0.19
F8-79XX
Aaron Martens Flipping Special
XXH
3/8-2
12-30
Fast
6
8.75
0.25
Pwr = Power : Tpr = Taper : Wt = Weight (ounces): Bal = Balance (inches) : BT = Balancing Toque (ftlbs) : L = Light : ML = Medium Light : M = Medium : MH = Medium Heavy : H = Heavy : XH = Extra Heavy : XXH = Extra Extra Heavy : Med-F = Medium Fast : Mod = Moderate

 

Next Section: A closer look at the new lineup


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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