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Back in the Hunt for the Search : Fenwick's Refreshes Their World Class

 

Date: 4/23/20
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Fenwick
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.83 - GOOD

Introduction:
Several years ago, we took a look at a couple of sticks within Fenwick's flagship series of rods, World Class. Both sticks left me with mixed feelings for while I liked the rods' build, components, and power, I was hoping for a bit more in terms of sensitivity especially considering we were fishing a flagship series. Fenwick refreshed this series for the 2020 season and we got our hands on the WCL76MH-FC so we could get a first hand look at the improvements.

 

Fenwick WCL76MH-FC World Class Casting Rod Specifications

Material 3M Powerlux 500 Resin Blank with Nano-Particles
Length 7'-6"
Line Wt. 10-20lb
Lure Wt. 3/8-1oz
Pieces One
Guides 9+Tip Fuji FazLite
Rear Handle Length 11
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.9oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $299.95


Introducing the WCL76MH-FC

Impressions: The WCL76MH-FC is a seven foot, six inch (7'-6") casting rod made from an updated carbon fiber blank with nano-particles and 3M's Powerlux 500 resin. Like previous models, the Powerlux 500 resin increases the blank's durability without increasing weight. The blank on our WCL76MH-FC is painted with a light grey/silver finish and is finished with a split rear grip of high grade cork, a proprietary, exposed blank reel seat, and Fuji's K guides with FazLite inserts.

 


  Fenwick continues with the Powerlux 500 resin for strength and further enhances the blank with mysterious "nano-particles"

 

It is a clean build with a very polished color scheme befitting a manufacturer's top end series. Our test model falls into the all purpose power category of medium-heavy with a fast taper. First impressions were this rod is light but perhaps a bit tip heavy - understandable given its length.


Paired nicely with my Daiwa Steez A TW1016

Real World Tests: I paired the WCL76MH-FC with my Daiwa Steez A TW1016 casting reel spooled with a fresh supply of 30lb Finatic Pro Series Braid.


Fuji's FazLite guides make a nice match for this stick's color scheme

Casting: Fenwick is making use of Fuji's newer FazLite guides for their refreshed WorldClass series. The guide sizes are a hair larger than what I'd consider micro-guides, but they're still pretty small. If you use braided line with a fluoro or nylon monofilament leader and tie a decent knot, you should be ok with these guides, but it is still something of which to be mindful.


The cork grip is super clean and really light in color

I fished a small variety of baits on this stick but seemed to find a comfortable groove tossing an Owner Flashy Swimmer tipped with Berkley's new The Deal twintail grub/swimbait hybrid by Skeet Reese. The WCL76MH-FC has a nice, predictable action while making casts making it easy to place your bait accurately whether that be on a roll, overhand, backhand cast or even while pitching.


The exposed blank reel seat is proprietary to Fenwick

Sensitivity: My primary criticism and disappointment with the previous generation WorldClass sticks I fished several years ago was their lack of sensitivity. It seems to be a common issue with sticks designed for optimal durability. Fenwick has made the appropriate adjustments with the current iteration of these rods as the WCL76MH-FC gave me a better sense of what was going on at the end of my line than its predecessors. I was able to discern vibrations from my bait combo and sense when it was caught up in weeds versus those subtle takes when the fish engulfs the bait and swims towards the boat with it.


The 7'-6" medium heavy sticks typically have super nice tips. The WCL76MH-FC is no exception

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