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Rod Review


Swimbait Rod Wars Installment #8 : Lamiglas's Big Bait Special (continued)

Sensitivity: Retrieving the Spro BBZ-1 in the water with the XC807, I could feel the bait knocking back and forth ever so slightly. Given that, I'd rate the sensitivity of the XC807 a little above average. Though I had hoped for these results, I was a bit surprised given this is such a heavy duty stick. I was actually expecting a dead feel to the rod, and it was far from that.


The surprising exposed blank reel seat on our XC807

 
The standard closed loop hook hangar

Power: Of course, as luck would have it on that very first trip with the XC807, and after recalibrating my expectations and switching baits to something more reasonable, I got another pleasant surprise. As I was making my blind casts out over open water ( a large expanse of shallow flat area in the California Delta), I got an unexpected call at the end of my fishing line!


A glorious morning on the California Delta

I felt my bait stop so I reeled down and swept back as quickly as I could and it was FISH ON! As I swept back, I remember looking at the bend in my XC807 and thinking it looked and felt a lot more like a mod-fast taper than a fast tapered blank. Regardless of the rod's taper, I was also in admiration of the XC807's quick hooksetting ability and power in controlling what turned out to be an 8.5 pound striped bass at the end of my line.

 
7 power in Lamiglas terms means extra, EXTRA heavy.

Features: The XC807 sits within Lamiglas's Certified Pro line of rods and as such carries with it a rather standard set of features including a full array of Fuji Alconite guides, full cork rear and foregrip, an exposed blank reel seat, and standard closed loop hook hangar. Certainly nothing as exotic as the slant bridged handle or D.N.A. woven graphite blank from our previous representative.


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The XC807 features a full array of Fuji Alconite Guides

Application: The XC807 Big Bait Special is a rod built for just that - big baits. We'd recommend this stick for tossing any of a variety of big baits that you fish on a steady retrieve of your reel. Soft plastics like the Huddleston Deluxe 8" tool, or hard plastic baits like the Rago 8" Tool or Spro BBZ-1. The rod's tip is not lithe enough to really work a Punker or Wake Jr., nor is the rear grip of proper length to work these types of baits - it's too long.


One last look at Lamiglas's Big Bait Special XC807

 

Warranty: The XC807 is covered by Lamiglas's limited lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and materials. All claims are to be sent into their warranty service with dated, proof of purchase information, a brief explanation of what happened, and $20 to cover return shipping. Each claim is reviewed on an individual basis. For more information or questions regarding Lamiglas's warranty, please visit their website or contact Lamiglas directly.

 

Ratings:

Lamiglas XC807 Big Bait Special Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Solidly built and crafted 7
Performance Just a slightly faster taper would be nice 7
Price Inline with the mid-range product 6.5
Features Pretty standard 6
Design (Ergonomics) Very conservative 6
Application A really good stick for steady retrieve baits 7

Total Score

6.58
Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

  
Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J A very stout, strong rod L Heavy and unbalanced
J Solid line of components L A tad conservative in appearance
J Backed by a solid warranty - Lamiglas has been around for a long time

 

This surprise visitor came calling as I was checking out the XC807's action out on the California Delta... gotta love them crazy stripers!

 

Conclusion: For those who value performance above all else, the Lamiglas XC807 is a fine, no nonsense big bait stick. The trouble is, it feels much more stout off the rack than its performance would actually suggest. Hence my confused expectation that it could handle the almost 9 ounce 10" Rago Tool. As with most any other stick, fished within it's suggested ratings, the XC807 holds up just fine, but it lacks any excitement to inspire continued investigation. Maybe if it had a slightly softer tip with the same backbone; or maybe if it had the grip styling's of the XMG50 line; or maybe just a highlight color or two in the thread wrap; or maybe even custom colored inserts in the guides? I guess what I'm trying to say is I like how the rod handles but I'm still left wanting for something just a little bit more to really distinguish this stick from the competition. What that something is, I'm not quite sure, but perhaps this is something Lamiglas will address in future releases. For now, if you're looking for a no-nonsense stick to handle some of the true big baits in today's market, the XC807 can get it done. Nice job Lamiglas!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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