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Rod Review


CB Rod Wars Part 16: Cranking for Strikes with the Airrus Wildlife Copperhead
 

Date: 11/16/09
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Airrus
Reviewer: JIP






Total Score: 7.33 - GOOD

Introduction: Our Year of the Crank Coverage is quickly coming to an end. Feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information we’ve provided you? Well, don’t stop there because we’re still wrapping up a bunch of reviews that you simply cannot miss. Next up? The Airrus Wildlife Copperhead Series, WL701M, is one of our lightest crankin’ rod contenders.
 

Airrus Wildlife Copperhead Casting Rod (WL701M) Specifications

Material Graphite
Length 7 ft
Line Weight 8 - 17 lbs
Lure Weight 1/4 - 5/8 oz
Power Medium
Taper Moderate
Weight 3.9 oz (measured)
MSRP $169.95

  

Impressions: When I first picked up this rod I was surprised at how lightweight it was. Measuring it on our scale the rod weighs only 3.9 ounces. That makes the Airrus Wildlife Copperhead WL701M the second lightest rod in the Crankbait Rod Wars.

 

The Wildlife Copperhead has a very traditional appearance

 

This rod is constructed from a high multi-modulus graphite blank incorporating aluminum winding checks, Fuji concept Alconite guides with SS frames, and a Fuji reel seat. The seven feet medium powered Copperhead casting rod has no foregrip and a split rear grip for additional weight reduction. Overall this rod has a simple yet custom looking appearance.

 

   
Lab Results: Because the Copperhead rod feels so light, you would think it is only good for shallow crankbaits but our lab data shows different. This rod can handle both shallow and medium diving hardbaits, making this rod an ideal candidate for a good all purpose moving bait stick.

 

Lab Results for Medium Cranking Sticks

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Powell 703CB
2.04
Mod Fast
6.6
9.5
.34
G.Loomis CBR845
2.30
Mod Fast
4.4
9.5
.19
G.Loomis CBR855C GLX
2.26
Mod Fast
4.4
8.5
.20
Fenwick ECC70M-MF
2.28
Mod Fast
5.4
11.5
.30
Falcon Cara CCB-5-173DR
2.25
Mod Fast
4.7
5.5
.12
Airrus WL701M
2.14
Mod
3.9
11.5
.23
Damiki C761M-CR
2.17
Mod
5.6
7.5
.20
Jackall Light Pluggin' HC-65ML
2.22
Fast
4.6
6
.14
Lucky Craft 701MF Fat Mini Magic
2.06
Fast
5.9
9.5
.23
Daiko BRSC-70MG
2.20
Mod Fast
6.3
9
.31
Gancraft KB-003-68M Scarface
2.30
Mod Fast
7
3
.14
MB F4-610GT3 Shiryu
2.22
Fast
5.3
8.5
.27
Quantum TKVD74M
2.15
Fast
5.3
12
.36
Dobyns 684CB
2.26
Mod Fast
4.7
5
.15
Dobyns 705CBMF Glass
2.03
Mod Fast
5
6.75
.19
Dobyns 804CB
2.19
Mod Fast
5.7
8
.26

 

Field Tests: At the beginning of the year Cal and I ventured to El Novillo, Mexico to conduct some of our crankbait rod wars tests. The Airrus Wildlife Copperhead was one of several sticks that made it for those field trials. I fished this rod with various reels mounted on it depending upon the application because not only is this rod good for crankbaits and spinnerbaits but is sensitive enough for use with plastics as well.

 

 


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