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Enthusiast Review


The Search for One... When "Good Enough" Isn't - Paraizo by Megabass

 

Date: 11/12/10
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Megabass
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.17 - ULTIMATE ENTHUSIAST AWARD!

Introduction:
Unlike previously discussed Evergreen International, who had to win our attention after several lackluster rod reviews, Megabass started off with a good initial impression here at TackleTour evidenced by our first Enthusiast rod review on the F7-711 back in 2004. That favorable review was followed by another good impression in 2005 when the Super Destroyer III received TackleTour's very first Ultimate Enthusiast Award. Megabass almost always seems to have the right mix of performance and styling to keep us grinning from ear to ear both on and off the water and that is, afterall, what the enthusiast appeal is all about. So when it came time to decide upon a Megabass stick for our 2010 theme, this challenge was met with eager anticipation.

 

The ARMS series of rods by Megabass feature left and right hand contoured wood handles.

 

That anticipation was rewarded and then some when we got a look at the ARMS series of rods featuring carved wood handles sculpted specifically for a right or left hand grip. Anticipation turned to pure anxiety when we caught the price tag of these sticks - roughly one thousand, one hundred dollars ($1,100)! Then, anxiety turned to pure desire. The result? Naturally, here is our review of the Megabass ARMS A6505X Paraizo.

 

Megabass ARMS A6505X Paraizo Specifications

Material Megabass Hi Impact MultipliexGraphite
Length 6'-5"
Line Wt. 10 - 25lb
Lure Wt. 3/8 - 1oz.
Pieces 1
Guides 8 Guides + Tip Top (Fuji Ti/SiC)
Power Rating Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 5.9 oz
Origin Unknown (Built by Megabass)
MSRP ~$1,100

 

A look at the A6505X Paraizo handle assembly.

 

Megabass labels these blanks as "Hi Impact Multiplex Graphite".

 

Impressions: So first things first, what's up with these left or right hand grip specific rods? Thanks to the counter-intuitive design of baitcasting reels, I'm sure many are wondering does a left grip ARMS rod mean that the grip is contoured for your left or right hand? I mean, really, a right handed reel is held in your left and a left handed reel is held in your right, so where does a left handed or right handed rod go? Confused? Well, we are happy to report, that a left grip ARMS rod means the grip is indeed contoured to be held in your left hand. Likewise, if you typically hold the rod in your right hand and retrieve with your left (as I do), then you're going to want a right hand grip ARMS rod.

 


A look at the Paraizo's finger side on the Right Grip handle.

 

 

The reel seat is made of polished aluminum.

 

With that out of the way, as one might expect, with all the wood in its handle and even a surprising amount of metal in its reel seat, the Paraizo is no flyweight. Though it has decent balance, the stick does weigh in at a total of 5.9 ounces for a six foot, five inch rod. That's pretty hefty and even then, its balance point is still roughly six inches above the midline of the reel seat. Somehow, with the exquisite nature of this rod's handle however, most of this can be overlooked.

 

Lab Results for Megabass ARMS A6505X Paraizo

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Megabass ARMS A6505X Paraizo
1.28
Fast
5.9
6
0.20
MBR783C GLX2000
1.72
Fast
4.8
5
0.11
TSFO 26 Rod Avg
1.69
--
4.92
7.65
0.19

 

Lab Tests: Off to the lab and an appointment with the RoD WRACK reveals the A6505X Paraizo is true to its line and lure ratings charting out at roughly a full power heavier than our baseline rod, the GLX2000 MBR783C GLX. This is a bit surprising as Megabass, and most other Japanese rod manufacturers, typically over rate their rods as compared to their US counterparts. So, if you're looking for a more medium heavy ARMS rod, you may want to look into the A6604X Bronx instead.

 

Fig 1. The chart above illustrates the Paraizo's deflection characteristics as compared to that of our TSFO baseline. As you can see, the Paraizo is a full step higher in power than our GLX2000 making it a "heavy" powered rod instead of a "medium heavy".

Field Tests: Believe it or not, I was rather reluctant at first to take this stick out on the water. It's been commented before by many of our readers that Megabass sticks are more works of art than tools to be fished and nowhere is this more evident than with their ARMS sticks. Still, the opportunity to actually fish with a piece like this is exhilarating and it did not take long for that excitement to overtake any concerns I had of damaging this work of art

The Paraizo matched with a Daiwa Zillion HLC.

The primary testing ground for this stick? Falcon Lake, Texas, site of our early Search For One field tests. Matched with both an Ito Monoblock Bespoke Topaz and a Daiwa Zillion HLC, I took this stick out on the water to put it through our usual paces.

What the Paraizo lacks in distance casting it more than makes up for with pin point accuracy.

Casting: Casting tests were conducted primarily with the Bespoke Topaz reel and a series of different spinnerbaits mostly in the half ounce range. The Paraizo was one of several go to sticks for our Spinnerbait Shootout from earlier this year because, despite its heavy power curve, this stick loads and casts extremely well. Moreover, given its short length, accuracy is a strong point for this stick (but of course, this comes at the expense of distance).

A look at the underside of the Paraizo's reel seat.

Next Section: How sensitive is this 1000 dollar rod?


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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