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A Shot of Finesse with a Dash of Versatility : Doomsday Tackle's T47S-370MF (continued)

Sensitivity: This is where the stick surprised me. I guess I never expect much out of a sub $150 fishing rod, but the T47S-370MF is very respectable in the sensitivity department which is why I enjoyed fishing a drop shot with this stick. I've used and tested plenty of other rods at this price point that didn't have the sensitivity this stick delivered.


Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Doomsday T47S-370MF against the averages of our finesse rods over the past decade

Power: Rated as a medium light power, the T47S-370MF fishes even a little lighter than that because of that slower taper. When you're only using 8lb test and in relatively open water, the rod's actual power is kind of secondary. That smooth taper together with the rod's length, however, serve nicely to apply continued pressure on your catch as you direct it around the boat and into the net.


Checking out that nice, light tip

Design & Ergonomics: The T47S-370MF weighs in at a respectable four point three ounces (4.3oz), but has a balance point of nine inches (9") above the centerline of the reel seat. Spinning rods, in general, are not the best balanced sticks out there and with the weight of spinning reels, balance is rarely a priority with these sticks.


The fore-grip is finished with a simple, but clean looking, aluminum cap

Out on the water, paired with the Daiwa Ballistic, the T47S-370MF felt about average for weight and balance. If you're a fan of cork grips, you'll be happy to know the cork on this rod is nice, clean, and free of excess filler material. The actual grip itself is not too fat or thin in diameter and I really didn't notice it at all while fishing - so that's a good thing.


The rod's butt end is just large enough to house the badge at the end of the rod

Lab Results for Doomsday T47S-370MF

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Doomsday T47S-370MF
2.80
Mod-Fast
4.3
9
0.23
G.Loomis NRX 822S NRX
2.98
X-Fast
3.6
9.5
0.19
What the Finesse Avg
2.94
--
3.9
7.3
0.15


Fuji, SS framed guides with Aconite inserts

Price & Applications: As mentioned earlier, my primary application with this combo was drop shot, but I did find later, while paired with the Accurist S3 spinning reel, that this stick is actually does well in support of underspins too.


Here's that badge we spoke of a couple of photos ago

Moving baits also make sense with this rod given its moderate-fast taper so it's actually very versatile. It retails for $140 and as far as we know, the easiest way to acquire one is direct from the manufacturer's website : Doomsday Tackle Company.

Ratings:

Doomsday T47S-370MF Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nicely detailed rod that makes use of proven Toray materials 8.5
Performance Very versatile spinning rod 8
Price An affordable, quality option 8
Features Good line of components and quality cork used throughout 8
Design (Ergonomics) A little tip heavy for a finesse rod and you have to like the retro look 6
Application A good option for light line applications moving or vertical 7

Total Score

7.58

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Solid line of components - Not yet widely distributed, a bit hard to find this rod from e-tailers and retailers
+ Good, multi-purpose taper  
+ Retro look - either love it or hate it, but I like it  


Spinning rods get very little love in bass fishing circles yet they continue to be very popular amongst fishermen in general

Conclusion: Spinning rods get very little love in bass fishing circles yet they continue to be very popular amongst fishermen in general. Somehow, if you're a bass fisherman using a spinning rod, you're not a serious fisherman hence the whole BFS movement. Yet a lot of the time, and especially when it's time to declare "What the Finesse," spinning gear is just difficult to replace. Doomsday Tackle's T47S-370MF is a spinning rod that leans towards the finesse side of bass fishing techniques but is also sneaky good at some horizontal bait presentations. If you're looking for a finesse oriented spinning rod with a hint of versatility, this retro styled rod is worth a closer look, assuming you can find one at your preferred retailer or e-tailer. Doomsday has a very strong following for their baits but their rods are not nearly as widely distributed. The best place to go is direct to the manufacturer's website.


 

   

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