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Be Forewarned for Pure Evil Lurks Within : The All Purpose, All Species Megabass Mephisto (continued)
 

Sensitivity: So, ok, we've discussed the Mephisto's incredible lure rating specification and its ability to present baits throughout this rating, so a stick such as this must undoubtedly suffer in the sensitivity department, right? Yes. Where I could easily detect the turning blades of a half-ounce Persuader American Pro Assassinator Clacker Spinnerbait, and a three-quarter ounce Kanji tungsten spinnerbait, I had a harder time detecting the vibration of a Lucky Craft LV-500MAX lipless crank in the water. Actual strike detection did not seem to be a problem, but then again, perhaps I may have missed some fish I didn't even know were there? Hard to say. I will add, that until I fished this rod with a lipless crank, I found it to be surprisingly sensitive with jigs, grub-style swimbaits, spinnerbaits, and senkos - puzzling indeed, but keep in mind, this is an extra-heavy powered rod!


Clean lines, and impeccable workmanship throughout
 

The reelseat is contoured for comfort, and textured for appearances

 

Power: We proved in the lab tests that the Mephisto has power to spare - especially if your only quarry is black bass. A point of important discussion here is the slant-bridge handle of the Mephisto. Megabass certainly opened some eyes and made many people scratch their heads when they debuted this handle design late in 2005. They claim this offset handle design makes the rod fish like it is much longer both in terms of casting and fighting a fish. They are right. While the benefit during a two handed cast is a little more subtle, where the slant bridge handle really comes into play is in fighting a good sized fish. With the rear portion of the rod offset the way it is, you can easily, and very comfortably, lock the rod under your forearm during a tough battle and gain quite a bit of leverage on your fish. It is a sensation that's difficult to describe until you are presented with the opportunity to leverage the design, and when you do, the benefit is undeniable.


Working a Big Hammer swimbait through a deep weedbed in the California Delta
 

The slant-bridge handle - a source of peculiar puzzlement amongst those who prefer to stick with convention. Fish it once with a big fish at the end of the line, and you will immediately be sold.
 

Features: The big selling point of Megabass's Orochi line is the D.N.A. graphite which features graphite and titanium fibers wrapped around the blank in a double helix pattern. This pattern is easily discernable on the rod's surface and actually, is not the first rod we've seen with this design. Our November, 2005 article on the Shimano Scorpion G4 showed a rod with a similar blank construction. There's something to this design as both the Mephisto and Scorpion G4 are very powerful sticks and rather sensitive for their power ratings. Other features of the Mephisto include the previously discussed slant bridge handle design but the rod also makes use of double footed line guides through the entire length of the rod. Overkill perhaps for black bass, but it's quite obvious this rod was designed for so much more.


A close-up of the slant-bridge handle. The actual bridge is made of titanium.
 

The D.N.A. blank construction is quite evident throughout the rod

 

Application: An all-purpose type, extra-heavy action casting rod that performs similar to a stick six inches or more longer in length. Does that sound like pure evil or not? The Mephisto is built to serve many different applications, but more importantly, it is built to pursue many a harder battling species than just black bass. The hardest charging, fiercest fighting fish we had to put it up against in our local waters were striped bass. It met that challenge quite easily. What I would love to put this stick up against are some of those redfish in the saltflats off our southern coast or even some peacock bass down in South America. Need a stick for big musky or pike? I'd love to put the Mephisto up to that challenge as well. The more I fish with this stick, the more I discover what it can do and the list continues to grow.


One last shot of the Mephisto's reel seat

Ratings:

Megabass F7-69DG Mephisto Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Not a drop of epoxy out of place 10
Performance Just turn that sensitivity dial up a notch and this stick might be perfect 8.5
Price Megabass equals pocketbook pain 7.5
Features They've been well documented in this article, but one has to wonder, on a rod built for big fish and hard battling species - why not a spiral wrap? 9
Design (Ergonomics) If King Arthur's Mordred had a signature sword, this might be it 9
Application A serious multi-species stick 10

Total Score

9.00


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Not just a stick that can handle multiple applications, but we're quite certain it can handle multiple species as well. L My general impression is this is a very sensitive stick, but the fact I could not feel the LV500 MAX through the rod during a retrieve leaves me puzzled.
J The devil is in the details, or wait, did he design them? L If only it were an ounce lighter
J There's nothing wimpy about this rod.  
J Performs like a rod at least six inches longer.  


The Mephisto well suited for hard charging fish like these two Striper

 

Conclusion: How often have you come across a product that you simply had to acquire if for nothing else other than its name? Such was the case with me and the Megabass Mephisto. Sure, I backed into a justification for needing this stick for swimbaits, but really, I wanted to check out the rod because of its name. What I found is that it lives up to its moniker and then some. I've had the Mephisto for over a year now and I continue to be surprised at the variety of baits it can handle. Certainly it is not the best stick for each application I've asked it to perform, and its weight makes it cumbersome for many, but the fact it can handle the great majority of these tasks given its power is quite impressive. Were I able to truly pit it against some worthy species other than black bass and striper, it could very well win one of our coveted awards, but since I could have no first hand experience with its multi-species applicability, I'll just finish my impressions with the Mephisto by stating it is a stick any evil, self loathing Enthusiast must experience themselves to truly appreciate.

 

                                    


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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