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A Cranky Honey Badger of a Stick : Ark Rods's TS74MH-G B-Hittay (continued)

Design & Ergonomics: The company website lists this rod as "composite" but judging from the blank's diameter and the rod's overall weight and balance, I'd say definitely has a lot of glass content. The TS74MH-G tipped our scales at 6.3 ounces and because of its minimal build, it is also quite tip heavy. However, unless you're one not to point your tip at the water while working a moving bait, you don't really notice it while fishing.

Like most of their rods, Ark etches their name into the EVA foam grip

The B-Hittay's rear handle is a good ten and quarter inches (10.25"), so two handed casts are easy and you can lock the back part of the rod under your arm a bit when working a bait then switch to your forearm for a little more leverage when fighting a fish. It's a comfortable rod to use. Not too short, not too long, this rod just feels right.

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In case you missed it, they also put this decal on the blank that's exposed between the grips

On the component side, this stick is outfitted with name brand Fuji guides with F-Ring inserts (aluminum oxide). The reel seat is custom designed and quite comfortable to fish, and features a decorative locking mechanism. The split rear handle is made of a dense EVA foam with the company's name pressed into the surface.

The rod features a closed loop hook hangar

Price & Applications: One of the best things about this stick is it retails for only $129.99. Just about all of Ark Rods's products are priced right and the rods within the Randall Tharp series are no exception. The TS74MH-G B-Hittay makes for a good, general purpose cranking stick, and you can even use it for some small to medium sized big baits like that Bull Shad 6" 2Knocker I mentioned earlier.

This is a very popular stick for vibrating jigs


Ark Rods TS74MH-G B-Hittay Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Clean build 9
Performance Really good all around cranking stick 9
Price Affordably priced! 8.5
Features Custom reel seat, name brand guides 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Tastefully adorned, clean and simple 7.5
Application A very good choice for general moving bait applications for a variety of baits - yes, including vibrating jigs 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Good power - A little on the heavy side
+ Can handle a wide range of baits - Sensitivity decent, on par with what we would expect from a cranking rod
+ Length is just right - not too long or too short  
+ Affordably priced  

But I like it for small to medium sized big baits too!

Conclusion: So officially, this stick is Ark Rods's Randall Tharp Honey Badger Series TS74MH-G B-Hittay. It's a little long winded for sure, but the important thing is the rod performs and performs really well especially considering its price point.


Most bass anglers do not like spending a lot of money on a stick made for moving baits, so this one should be right in most anglers' wheelhouse so long as you like the rod's grey color scheme.


The only thing that would make this stick more enticing for me is if the guides were spiral wrapped, but that's an entirely different discussion. Zander on the other hand personally prefers the current configuration with the more traditional layout, and feels it is a better fit for the mainstream audience which the rod targets. For now, if you're looking for a very reasonably priced cranking stick to help you launch your baits and control your catch, Ark's TS74MH-G B-Hittay belongs on your list.


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