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Cranking It Up with Megabass's Orochi XX Swingfire (continued)

Features: We've touched on features from other rods in this series before and nothing has really changed save for the fact the current generation of Orochi XX sticks no longer feature a hook keeper. Otherwise all other features rate the same including the rod's sleeve which is useful for both long term storage and storage of your rigged combo in our rod locker.

Features Ratings for Megabass Orochi XX F5-72XXG Swingfire

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
4
1
4
16
25
6.4


Full rear grips are coming back into vogue after the industry went overkill on the split rear grip.

Design/Ergonomics: The Swingfire is a perfectly comfortable rod to fish. Though a little heavy for a rod of its length and power, and slightly unbalanced too, it's far from cumbersome. The full rear grip is certainly different by today's standards but actually a welcome departure from the sea of split rear grip sticks that line the store shelves nowadays. The guide wraps are colored differently on this rod than its siblings in the Orochi XX lineup but perhaps that's to distinguish the different blank treatment and intended application of the rod.

Lab Results for Megabass Orochi XX F5-72XXG Swingfire

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Megabass Orochi XX F5-72XXG Swingfire
2.55
Fast
5.3
8
0.23
Shallow Crank Avg
3.00
--
4.8
5
0.17
Medium Crank Avg
2.30
--
5.2
8.5
0.21
Deep Crank Avg
1.90
--
4.9
8.75
0.23


The first half of the rod up to its second guide features this cross weave overlay.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Megabass Orochi XX F5-72XXG Swingfire

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
3
3
14
20
7.0


The rest of the rod does not, but the unsanded surface is for the entirety of the blank.

Application: The Swingfire is built for moving baits and serves well in that purpose but not just with treble hooked baits. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and other topwater plugs are all fair game. In fact, thanks to this stick's forgiving tip, walk the dog baits and poppers can be worked very effectively with this stick.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Megabass Orochi XX F5-72XXG Swingfire

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
2
2
4
17
25
6.8


This stick is a solid performer!

Ratings:

Megabass Orochi XX F5-72XXG Swingfire Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality My only gripe is with the cork in the handle 8.95
Performance Really solid performing cranking stick 8.0
Price The Orochi XX line in general is priced well delivering Megabass quality to a wider audience than before 7
Features Orochi XX rods no longer come with a hook keeper 6.4
Design (Ergonomics) Nothing too different than other rods in this series previously reviewed 7
Application This stick is built for moving baits and serves that purpose well 6.8

Total Score

7.34
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Graphite sensitivity + smoothness of glass power - Doesn't have the enthusiast aesthetic
+ Nice entry point for those wanting an intro to Megabass without the high price - Cork in the grip is not very high quality
+ Handles a good range of lure weights  

  


The Swingfire may lack in enthusiast aesthetic, but it delivers in performance!

 

Conclusion: Megabass of America's Orochi XX lineup continues to prove its worth if not to the true enthusiast then to those wanting a taste of Megabass but at a more palatable price point. The Swingfire is unique amongst the Megabass rod spec's and for this we can thank their own STW initiative delivering a rod that maybe Chris Zaldain or Luke Clausen specified. The Swingfire is a bit eccentric, but once you dial in its action, it's a difficult stick to put down - especially when matched with the S-Crank.

 

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