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Are You Worthy to Possess the Power of Megabass's Warhammer?

 

Date: 7/22/19
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Megabass of America
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.17 - GREAT

Introduction:
Zander and I have been busy getting acquainted with the new, extended models of Megabass of America's current Destroyer lineup, but one stick from the original introduction has been on my list since its debut in 2017. Inspired by the need for a stick to fish Reaction Innovation's new Spicy Beaver, I finally bit the bullet and ordered it. Here now is our look at the F8.5-711X Warhammer by Megabass of America.

 

Megabass Destroyer F8.5-711X Warhammer Specifications

Material Megabass Hybrid Graphite System
Length 7'-11"
Line Wt. 16-30lb
Lure Wt. 3/8 - 2oz
Pieces One
Guides 9+tip (all double footed, Fuji Ti/SiC)
Rear Handle Length 12.5"
Power Rating Xtra Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 6.5 oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $415.00


Introducing Megabass of America's F8.5-711X Warhammer

Impressions: The Warhammer measures seven feet, eleven inches (7'-11") in length with a full cork grip of twelve and a half inches (12.5") from the end up to the back side of the reel seat. That relatively shorter handle (~12" or less) is what we use as an indication this stick is intended more for vertical bait presentations as anything much longer would get in the way of flipping and pitching.

 


The Warhammer comes with a full rear grip made of cork

 

It is an original member of Megabass of America's 2017 USDM Destroyer introduction and is built on a blank featuring the company's Hybrid Graphite System using a proprietary blend of graphite from tip to butt to deliver key performance attributes. That's basically a long winded way to say they're not really going to tell us what's in the recipe. What we do know is this stick has a full set of double footed, Fuji, titanium framed guides with SiC inserts and a reel seat of Yuki Ito's own design - the Spiral Architecture Reel Seat.


I matched it with a 13 Fishing Concept Z

Real World Tests: For the F8.5-711X Warhammer's real world tests, I paired it with my Trickshop enhanced 13 Fishing Concept Z spooled with 50lb Daiwa JBraid (in chartreuse) top shotted with 12lb Hi-Seas 100% Fluorocarbon. As mentioned, I purchased this stick specifically to have something new to fish Reaction Innovation's new Spicy Beaver so the reel and line choice was perfect to give the Warhammer a little spicy edge.


This fish was from our introduction to the USDM Destroyer Series back in 2017

Casting: Other than some off shore expanses of grass, I didn't really have any heavy structure to fish the Warhammer, so I used an average sized Tungsten bullet weight, tied on a 4/0 Gamakatsu Finesse Heavy Cover hook (with a snell knot), and Texas rigged a Spicy Beaver. I'd estimate that weight I used to be about half an ounce, but since very few of my bullet weights are labeled (I'm not sure I could read it anyway if they were), I never really know. These days, I choose more based on size than weight it seems.


It was finally time for a closer look at this stick

The Warhammer is rated from three eighths of an ounce up to two ounces (3/oz - 2oz) in lure weight and handles nicely on a pitch. I did take a few practice swings flipping, just to see how the rod handled and really, so long as you have a stick that's long enough, flipping doesn't require much from your rod. This is why many of the original flipping rods were like fishing with a broom stick.

Times have changed, and so has the evolution of what anglers have come to expect in a premium pitch and flip rod. The Warhammer is far from a broom stick and has a nice, crisp and responsive tip that responds to pitching, and casting opportunities surprisingly well.


The Spiral Architecture Reel Seat is a truly elegant design

Sensitivity: There are few bites more gratifying than when you pitch a bait up close to a dock, stump, or into that little tiny hole in the crooked maze of a tree's root system ever so gently that there's barely a splash, then half a second later feel that "tick." Sometimes it's a tug, on a good day, it's a "thunk." It's really as close to finesse fishing as some anglers get, but however that bite materializes, it requires a stick with good sensitivity to communicate the event into your hands.


The Warhammer's guide wrap detail is quite extensive

With the Warhammer not every bite was "obvious" as fish have the amazing ability to suck in your bait without being detected, but it's even easy to detect those "something's not right" bites with the Warhammer too. Those bites that do come through traditional channels are sweet and crisp. There's no need to hold your line while fishing with this stick.

Next Section: Wielding the Warhammer...

   

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