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Taking Aim with Megabass's Destroyer F8-78X Mark 48

 

Date: 12/10/19
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Megabass of America
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.33 + EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD

Introduction:
I chuckled to myself a bit after reading Zander's preview of the new Destroyer models Megabass of America was introducing for 2019 and the note in his conclusion that we didn't have any of the sticks on hand for a complete review. I wasn't around or available on that date he met up with Megabass of America Product Manager, Kenichi Iida for the hands on introduction to the rods, but I did touch base with them shortly after that date, got the run down and ordered a couple sticks for myself to check out. By the time that preview went up, I was ready to get started on a write up or two. Here's our first, detailed look at stick from the extended Destroyer lineup, Megabass of America's F8-78X Mark 48.

 

Megabass of America F8-78X Mark 48 Specifications

Material Megabass Hybrid Graphite System
Length 7'-8"
Line Wt. 10-40lb
Lure Wt. 1/2-5oz
Pieces One
Guides 9+tip (Fuji Ti-Framed SIC - all double footed)
Rear Handle Length 14"
Power Rating Extra-Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 7.8oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $425


Introducing the Onager's baby brother, the F8-78X Mark 48

Impressions: My thought in acquiring the Destroyer F8-78X Mark 48 was as a companion to the F10-711X Onager for smaller swimbaits. The Mark 48's lure weight specification slides right in underneath that of the Onager's, a stick that one our Ultimate Enthusiast Award, so I was pretty excited at the prospect of a lighter, more spry version of this same stick. What I discovered after unwrapping the Mark 48 was a stick that was heavier (by .9oz) and not as well balanced as the Onager (0.32 balancing torque number for the Mark 48 vs 0.15 for the Onager). While this discovery reinforced just how special of a stick the Onager is, I was very disappointed in my initial impression of the Mark 48.

 

Cosmetically, the Mark 48 is a carbon copy clone of the Onager
 

Cosmetically, the Mark 48 is a carbon copy clone of the Onager. In fact, if you line up the two rods' reel seats, there is about a two inch difference in handle lengths, and a one inch difference to the tip.

 

The Mark 48 is rated from half an ounce to five full ounces in lure weight and features double footed, titanium framed, SiC guides (by Fuji) all the way up the length of the rod. Another oddity is the stick is specified with a fast taper. Needless to say, the Mark 48 and I did not get off on the right foot together. Had I the opportunity to feel this stick out at a tackle store instead of ordering it sight unseen, I probably would have not purchased it.


First bait up for the Mark 48 was Megabass of America's new Mag Draft Freestyle rigged on an Owner Flashy Swimmer swimbait rig

Real World Tests: No longer super enthused about my purchase, I decided to move forward and give the Mark 48 a chance out on the water thinking maybe it'd surprise me. I paired it up with my 2018 Ryoga 1520L-CC and spooled the reel up with some fresh 50lb Sunline FX2 Braid for some real world tests.


The rod's familiar grip design

Casting: First bait up for the Mark 48 was Megabass of America's new Mag Draft Freestyle rigged on an Owner Flashy Swimmer swimbait rig. Total weight of this bait rig was 1.6 ounces - on the lower end of the Mark 48's rated range, but a bait I needed to throw because it was on the list for review. On that very first cast, my opinion of this stick began to change. Despite being heavier and less balanced than I had anticipated, the Mark 48's tip is very forgiving and is able to load and release energy effortlessly and efficiently.


The Mark 48 affords you a lot of control over where you place your baits

I was genuinely surprised at how well I was able to both place the Mag Draft Freestyle rig with accuracy and also cast for distance. Because of the control the Mark 48 provides, at times I felt as though I was fishing with a much shorter stick. I was even able to skip the Mag Draft Freestyle, on occasion, under some docks - and I'm terrible at skipping.


I'm not sure I noticed before, but the detail Megabass is known for inside the top of the reel seat hood is missing from the latest Destroyer sticks

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