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iRod Leans into the Power of the Sea with the SWC794C-H Poe's Mag Stick (continued)


Power: In fact, one strike in particular comes to mind. I was fishing the LitLures Lit Rat around a dock, and just as I was swimming the rat around the corner at the outer edge of that dock, the rat disappeared. There was no pop, no splash, no slurp, not even a bloop. The rat just disappeared. It was strangest rat bite of the year and appeared almost as if someone or something cut the line.

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our iRod Kaimana Coastal SWC794C-H Poe's Mag Stick against the historical averages of similarly powered rods we've tested over the past twenty years

However, unlike if something like that had happened, there actually was a tug at the end of my line. I didn't have time to reel in the slack before swinging, so I just swung and sure enough, I hit the wave and the fight was on!

Rated at only 2oz max lure weight, the SWC794C-H can actually handle up to four rather easily

The SWC794CH loaded up perfectly in a nice, smooth, reliable arch and I was able to control that surprise, stealth fish all the way to the boat. I didn't think I had enough leverage to properly set that hook, but the rod showed me it had plenty power to make up for my lack in positioning. I was quite impressed.

It's all about those highlights

Design & Ergonomics: At 7'-9" instead of a full eight feet, the SWC794C-H is long, but not excessively so. It also weighs in better than average at six ounces (6oz) even and has a balance point that's just seven inches above the mid point of the reel seat. In each of our ergonomic metrics, this stick performs better than average and honestly quite excellent considering it's built for salty fish. I can't recall the last time I fished a rod built for saltwater angling that was actually ergonomic.

The back end of the rear grip is a comfortable size for two handed casting

The SWC794C-H's grip proportions at the front and back end of the rear grip are sufficiently sized for comfortable two handed casting in both length and diameter. Some sticks, not just big bait sticks, come with grips with large diameters. I find these very uncomfortable to hold. The SWC794C-H's grip is right around one inch (1") right where it meets the reel seat and tapers down from there. That's just right for my level of comfort.

Lab Results for iRod Kaimana Coastal SWC794C-H Poe's Mag Stick

Avg RoD
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ft lbs)
iRod Kaimana Coastal SWC794C-H Poe's Mag Stick
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The standard, old school, Fuji ECS reel seat

Price & Applications: Remember, iRod's SWC794C-H is a stick designed for the pursuit of spotted bay bass in San Diego. Of course, a fishing rod doesn't really know for what purpose it was designed, and it's common practice for anglers to stretch a product's capabilities. At only $189, Poe's Mag Stick is a very nice fishing rod for smaller swimbaits up to four ounces in weight. It is perfectly capable with wake baits, glides, paddletails, and multi-piece swimmers.

Don't tell the SWC794C-H, but this isn't a spotted bay bass.


iRod Kaimana Coastal SWC794C-H Poe's Mag Stick Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A clean build with attractive detailing 8.5
Performance Built for salty fish, but an excellent performer in pursuit of those mossy, green colored freshwater fish with big mouths too 9
Price Very attractively priced 8
Features Blank is built a little more for durability, but it has a very solid guide train 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Who knew a saltwater stick could be ergonomic? 7.5
Application An excellent choice for wake baits and smaller glides and swimmers 8

Total Score

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:


+ If you enjoy finding and using non-endemic rods in pursuit of largemouth bass, this stick is all that and more - Guides are on the small side if you use leaders, so your knot game needs to be a good one
+ Can handle more than lure ratings would suggest  
+ Nice, smooth taper & power curve  
+ Ideal for wake baits  


Conclusion: As application and technique myopic some anglers can be in their tackle choices, there exists a faction of anglers who enjoy searching out and using rods and reels outside of their intended designs. It's not rocket science after all. If you have enough experience with different rods and techniques, all you really need to know is the grade of graphite in the blank, the guide train, the blank's taper, and the specified line and lure rating. The last three characteristics are the most important, and assuming the information provided by the manufacturer is correct, or in the ballpark, you should be able to determine how suitable a rod is for your intended use.


If you're a big bait fisherman, don't sleep on the SWC794C-H. It's a multi-talented stick that deserves consideration


There are other factors of course like weight, balance, length of handle - things you can't really determine without holding the rod in your hand, or at the very least without some publication, online or otherwise, providing those statistics for you. The Coastal Series SWC794C-H by iRod has all the specifications and measurements of a rod that might be suitable for cross species applications, but iRod sandbagged the lure rating a little so its versatility is not quite as obvious. Once in hand, it all comes to light that Poe's Mag Stick's abilities won't fit in a pigeon hole, but if you're a big bait fisherman, it's a stick that feels right at home slinging big baits.


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