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What the F-Power? Megabass's Drop Shot is Going to Double XX The Competition! (continued)

Sensitivity: Braid will increase the your ability to feel what's going on at the end of the line when compared to most other line choices except of course when the line is slack. For this reason, I usually prefer fluorocarbon as my primary line. But on the F3-611XXS, the sensitivity I experienced when fishing with that Sunline SX braid was unreal. The rod is electric in your hand when matched with this line making it very difficult to use anything else.

Performance Ratings for Megabass F3-611XXS Drop Shot

Pitch (1-5)
Cast (1-5)
Sensitivity (1-5)
Hook Set (1-5)
Control (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
5
4
4
21
25
8.4

But of course, we'd be remiss in our duties if we didn't give you a different perspective, so I also fished this stick for an extended period of time with the afore mentioned fluorocarbon and was also very pleased with the result. If you've handled enough sticks, it's pretty simple to tell if a rod is made of a high modulus graphite material because the blanks have a certain feel and sound to them. The F3-611XXS has that sound and its sensitivity performance out in the field serves only to validate our initial assumptions. The sensitivity of this stick is what impressed and surprised me the most. The Orochi XX Drop Shot is outstanding.


Fig1 : The deflection chart above illustrates how the F3-611XS (red curve) behaves under load. As you can see it behaves very similarly to other MB spinning rods we've reviewed in the past (like the very famous F3-610DGS blue curve) only its backbone is not quite as strong.

Power: On a finesse stick, hooksetting power isn't as crucial as with other, high powered fishing techniques. Just the same, the F3-611XXS performed rather flawlessly in this department both in the quick, wrist snapping variety of hooksets, and the reel down tight and keeping tension on the line kind. Once hooked, control of your catch is as expected with a rod of this power coupled with light line - you have to play your fish to the boat.

Lab Results for Megabass F3-611XXS Drop Shot

Model
Avg RoD (1-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Megabass F3-611XXS Drop Shot
2.90
X-Fast
5.3
5.5
0.15
F3-610DGS
2.64
Fast
4.3
8.5
0.15
F4ST-69RSDti
3.19
X-Fast
4.4
8.25
0.19

In the lab and after a closer look at our numbers for this stick we made a slight adjustment to its RoD rating. It still falls somewhere between the F3-610DGS Aaron Martens Limited and the F4st-RSDti Hedgehog Evoluzion overall, but the tip of the F3-611XXS is very similar to the Aaron Martens Limited. The Hedgehog Evo, with its stinger tip, still has a lighter tip and faster taper, but at almost three times the price!


Quick, wrist snapping hooksets are fine with this rod, but don't expect it to hold up to bone jarring, eye crossing swings.

Features: The two biggest features of these rods are items we don't really score, well, at least not in this section: one is the rod's price point (the most affordable Megabass rods to date); second is the cross weaving technology used to build the blank (explained in our Megabass Orochi DoubleX Preview article).

Features Ratings for Megabass F3-611XXS Drop Shot

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
3
15
25
6.0

Aside from those two factors, the rod's grip is pretty average grade cork. It does feature Fuji K-Series guides with stainless steel frames and Alconite inserts. The first two guides on this spinning rod are standard size, but the guides above that are micros. Some will argue they're not small enough to be true micros, but we're not going to split hairs.


Conservative grip design by Megabass standards.


The cork, while clean, is full of filler material.

The F3-611XXS features a painted Fuji reel seat, no hook keeper, and comes with a very nice, but not very practical rod sleeve. The sleeve is wonderful for storing and transporting your rod outside of the boat, but not great for use when your rod is matched up with a reel or when you want to slide it into the rod locker.


A closer look the F3-611XXS's reel seat.


All the new Orochi XX rods feature this rubberized, compressed cork butt end requested by prostaffers like Aaron Martens to mitigate against bruised ribs when holding the rod close to your torso.

The sleeve will fit over your rod when rigged up and the two way zipper at the bottom allows you to close up the sleeve with the reel sticking out, but then there's no protection for the reel. Additionally, because the sleeve is so wide toward the tip of the rod, you cannot easily slide the covered rod into your rod locker if you have those organizing tubes to keep the tips of your rods safely and separated.


The first guide up from the reel seat is standard sized. Note the colored thread wraps in Megabass colors.


The Double X carbon weave that defines these blanks lies beneath the surface. This X4 wrap extends up half the blank for added reinforcement.

Next Section: Aaron Marten's talks design and ergonomics


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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