Ready to Combat the USDM : Evergreen International's Jack Hammer
Real World Tests:
As you might expect we wasted little time getting this stick out on the water pairing it with Daiwa's new Tatula SV TWS casting reel (JDM model) spooled with 10lb Sunline Super Natural nylon monofilament.
The Combat Stick's tour of duty included taking on largemouth bass in a variety
of Northern California lakes and reservoirs.
Rigged and ready to go with a JDM Daiwa Tatula SV TWS.
Casting: Initial ergonomic impressions aside, once you mount a reel on this stick, string the line through and tie on your favorite crank or chatterbait, when you make that very first cast, it's difficult not to think or say "wow". Granted, the Tatula SV TWS is an incredible performer when it comes to casting, but the Jack Hammer has such a smooth load and unload casting curve it's difficult to describe in words. You really have to tie one on and toss it out to appreciate this stick's casting game.
Evergreen's branding on the reel seat.
But it is a standard Fuji ACS reel seat.
Sensitivity: The Jack Hammer is a glass stick, so our expectations of sensitivity are qualified by its material makeup. It behaves like pretty much any other heavy powered glass cranking rod. You're going to depend a lot more on the subtle feeling through your line, obvious impact of a fish hitting, or unexpected resistance while you're turning the handle on your reel than the more obvious sensation that vibrates through your rod to communicate a strike. Anyone who has experience fishing a glass rod knows this going in and if you haven't fished a glass rod before and are reading this article, then now you know. Sensitivity is not
typically a strong point of fiberglass fishing rods.
Checking out that tip.
Power: What is the strong point of glass then and why do people covet it so much for moving bait applications? It's that smooth, ultra-buttery power curve once you hook a fish and know, no matter how violently that fish shakes its head or how many runs it takes, you're not going to loose it because of the fishing rod.
The Jack Hammer is every bit as smooth and buttery as the Leopard and though their tapers are rated differently, the Jack Hammer gave me a sense of deja-vu when battling a fish or really overall from cast to catch.
Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Evergreen International RCSC-73HG Jack Hammer against its higher priced JDM sibling, the Leopard, and the averages from our 2009 Crankbait Rod Wars.
Looking at the Jack Hammer's results from its session on the RoD wrack above, you can see its curve is very closely aligned with that of the Leopard reinforcing our on the water impressions of the stick. It's built for some heavy duty cranking situations.
The camo EVA grip of the Jack Hammer.
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