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What the Finesse?!? A Sub $150 BFS Stick? Meet The 47

 

Date: 5/20/18
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Doomsday Tackle Co
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.83 - BEST VALUE AWARD

Introduction:
Dedicated fans of TackleTour know how long we've been on the baitfinesse (BFS) bandwagon. For those new to the game, baitfinesse is a term used to describe fishing finesse techniques like the drop shot on casting gear instead of spinning. Up until recently, this has been an approach reserved for those with enthusiast tackle budgets, but with the introduction of more affordable reels like the Scorpion BFS and Daiwa's ever expanding lineup of reels with the SV spool, this technique is really gaining traction. This movement is especially intriguing for those who are growing wearisome of dealing with the line management issues spinning gear presents.

 


Doomsday Tackle enters the rod market with their throwback, The 47 bass rods.

 

But while the accessibility of a good, BFS capable reel is increasing, the challenge of finding the right, affordable fishing rod in support of this technique remains daunting. Enter Doomsday Tackle, the bait company that brought us the Reaper among other soft plastic baits.

 

At ICAST 2018, the company debuted a new series of sticks with a very retro feel to them inspired by a vintage 1947 pickup truck owned by the company's founder and COO Will Stewart. Appropriately named, The 47, this series of sticks features a very intriguing model, the T47C-370BCF - a casting rod designed specifically for BFS enthusiasts but priced at only $140!

 

Doomsday T47C-370BCF Specifications

Material 30/40 ton Toray carbon blend
Length 7'-0"
Line Wt. 4-12lb
Lure Wt. 1/16-1/2oz
Pieces One
Guides 9+tip Fuji Alconite Micro
Rear Handle Length 10
Power Rating Medium Light
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.8oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $140


These sticks feature a little vintage color scheme.

Impressions: The T47C-370BCF is a seven foot stick built on a blank featuring a blend of thirty and forty tone carbon fiber by Toray. This is good quality graphite. Doomsday Tackle is making use of Fuji's micro sized Alconite insert guides with stainless steel frames and wraps them with a kind of vintage thread wrap design on the offwhite painted blank.

 


But some contemporary styling too with the split rear grip of good quality cork.

 

The rod's split rear grip is made of cork and the foregrip is integrated with the reel seat locking mechanism. There is no hook keeper on this rod but there are attractive, metal winding checks throughout the handle and the butt end is capped with a decorative, aluminum badge bearing the Doomsday Tackle logo.


Even though they're new to the rod market, Doomsday is making a splash with a domestically offered stick for bait finesse fishing (BFS).

Real World Tests: I paired the T47C-370BCF with my Shimano Scorpion BFS spooled with five pound Sunline Sniper fluorocarbon and set up for some bait finesse action on a few trips to our testing waters.


We matched the T47C-370BCF with a Shimano Scorpion BFS.

Next Section: Casting The 47...

 

 

   

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