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Rod Review

 

The Search for One : Fenwick's World Class WC72M-FC (continued)

Design & Ergonomics: The WC72M-FC weighs in at a very respectable four point seven ounces (4.7oz) with a balance point located about seven and a half inches (7.5") above the mid-line of the reel seat. These numbers are very much inline with our 2010 Search for One average of 26 different rods with similar ratings from their manufacturers. In hand, the WC72M-FC feels pretty good, but you get an immediate reminder of its length because of that ever so slight tip heavy feel. The good news is once you mount your favorite reel on this stick, that feeling virtually disappears and the WC72M-FC full combo feels rather spry in your hand.


The butt end of the WC72M-FC.

Fenwick adorns this rod rather simply with its split rear grip made of cork and the integrated foregrip/reel seat locking mechanism. There are attractive metal winding checks and compressed cork accents on the grip and the rod is wrapped with blue/green thread wraps with attractive, bright green highlights. It's very nicely appointed though the "World Class" logo is a bit large and out of scale on the blank - only because everything else about the rod is so tastefully executed.

Lab Results for Fenwick WC72M-FC

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Fenwick WC72M-FC
2.03
Fast
4.7
7.5
0.19
MBR783C GLX2000
1.72
Fast
4.8
5
0.11
TSFO 26 Rod Avg
1.69
--
4.92
7.65
0.19


This new reel seat from Fuji guides your fingers around the underside of the reel nicely.

Price & Applications: The WC72M-FC carries with it an MSRP of $299.95 and is readily available at TackleWarehouse.com. If you prefer lighter powered rods, it's a good choice for both horizontal and vertical bait applications.

Spinnerbaits, shallow to medium depth crankbaits, smaller un-weighted Senkos, lighter Carolina rigs, and more are all good options with this stick so long as you stick within the recommended line and lure weight ratings.


Fenwick's World Class line of rods are good sticks but not quite world beaters.

 

Ratings:

Fenwick WC72M-FC Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Our WC72M-FC was a clean build 8
Performance Good with everything except sensitivity when fishing vertical presentations 6.3
Price More than I'd have thought for a rod of this performance and refinement. At this price the rod should be a whole lot more than mediocre in multiple categories 5.3
Features 3M Powerlux Resin and mid-grade components but not a very visually compelling rod or features that really make it stand out 7
Design (Ergonomics) Good balance and weight 7
Application If you like lighter powered sticks, this is a good, all purpose option 8

Total Score

6.93
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
+ Built for durability with 3M's Powerlux 500 resin - Sensitivity is ok, but could still be better given the price point
+ Relatively light but more importantly nicely balanced  
+ Clean build  

 

Conclusion: The WC72M-FC is a stick featuring a nice clean build, good grade components, and a blank rolled with 3M's Powerlux 500 super resin. The stick has a nice power curve and performs really well with moving baits. I had a good time standing at the front of the boat with this stick, trolling motor on high, and firing down the bank looking for active fish throwing and cranking a square bill in and around visible structure.

 


The WC72M-FC from Fenwick is a lot of fun with moving baits.

 

For vertical bait presentations, as long as you're using a good grade fluorocarbon or braided line, the WC72M-FC is acceptable, but I expect more at this price point.

 

Otherwise, if you're a fan of Fenwick and appreciate the rod's cosmetics, this stick is worth checking out.

 

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