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Just plain slick, the new XMG 50 Bass Rod from Lamiglas (continued)


Power: The EXC 722 has a relatively low power rating of 2 which makes it possible to use lighter lines on this rod. While not optimal for jerkbait fishing, this rod can do it with the unique taper. What this rod is ideal for is single hook applications, like Texas and Carolina rigging plastics. The lower power made this rod excellent at Clear Lake, where the crystal clear water demanded lower test lines for finesse fishing.

A very close look at the handle shows the interwoven strands

When there was a fish on the line the tip would load quickly, and the backbone on this rod provided reasonable lifting power, but you certainly wouldn’t want to overload the backbone on the EXC 722.

The handle is long enough for double handed casts

Sensitivity: The XMG 50 is designed to exhibit superior sensitivity through the use of 57 million high modulus graphite coupled with the carbon handle. The carbon weave is so similar to the graphite that it telegraphs even slight ticks well through the handle, whereas they would have been lost through a traditional cork grip.

The soft touch reel seat does provide a tighter grip on single handed casts

For the most part anglers will still depend on their fingers for sensitivity rather than through the palms of their hands, so the XMG 50 does have a blank through reel seat and the absence of any foregrip does make it possible to extend your index finger onto the blank itself.

The rod can cast small lures well, but a more parabolic rod would cast further, this rod is more about accuracy than supreme casting distance

Ergonomics: Our editorial team was somewhat split on the comfort of the XMG 50’s carbon fiber grip. While all of our staffers agreed that the blank was sensitive, some of our editors felt it was slipperier than traditional cork. The soft touch reel seat did help, especially when the rod was wet.

Fuji Alconite guides handle the line

Cal and I both found the seat to be easy to hold, and attributed the concerns with the grip on the carbon fiber to the fact that the material does indeed feel very different than cork. In the end the carbon fiber handle is certainly going to be a matter of preference to the individual angler. After fishing with the rod for a number of days I found myself really quite used to the singular feel of the carbon fiber grip, and began to relax my fingers as I cast.

The carbon fiber seat is almost the same level as the reel seat, providing a seamless and comfortable transition

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