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Rod Review


Phenix Rods Takes Flight With Their Ultra MBX 707H (continued)

Power: Another nice thing about this rod is together with its lithe tip, it has good amount power. El Novillo Lake in Mexico has an abundance of submerged structure that be bad news for your fishing line should a fish take you into that mess. With the Ultra MBX 707H, I was able to button down my drag when fishing in and around this type of structure and pull fish away from the nasty dragon bushes whenever I got a hookup. Granted, I did not battle anything over four pounds on this rod, but it is a confidence inspiring rod to fish nonetheless.


The simple split rear grip detail of the Phenix Ultra MBX 707H

Features: Certainly the most interesting aspect of this rod is its availability in both foregripped and non-foregripped configurations. The reel seat is also somewhat unique with not too many manufacturers jumping on the split reel seat bandwagon just yet although there certainly are a handful at the very least.

 
The 707H features Fuji SiC guides.

Aside from that, the Ultra MBX 707H comes outfitted with a split rear grip and Fuji SiC guides and a simple, matt finished blank. The hook keeper is an open style keeper located on the left side of the rod in a position that can prove troublesome for line management. I had several instances where my line was caught in the keeper after a cast or pitch. We are told this feature is undergoing re-design and might even be resolved by the time this article is published.


The non-foregrip version is capped off nicely at the top of the reel seat.

 

Application: The Ultra MBX 707H is a versatile rod suitable for jigs, Carolina rigs, and some light duty flipping. It even serves very well as a paddletail swimbait rod and pretty much any application where you might want a long, heavy powered stick.

 
We really like this rod for tossing jigs.

Warranty: Phenix rods come with a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer's defects and workmanship and is valid for the original purchaser only. However, Phenix also offers a no-hassle replacement plan for rods damaged or broken through normal wear and tear, neglect, or other accidents. For the Ultra MBX 707H specifically, this means $50 plus shipping gets you a brand new rod. As always, please contact the manufacturer or your local authorized dealer directly for specific warranty claims or questions.

 

Ratings:

Phenix Ultra MBX 707H Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very nicely crafted stick 8
Performance Very good pitching performance, sensitivity, and power 7.5
Price Pricey, until you compare the components and price to G.Loomis IMX - then the 707H compares favorably. 7.5
Features Top end components, contemporary assembly 8
Design (Ergonomics) A bit tip heavy, but light. Which side of the argument do you come down on? 7.5
Application A very versatile heavy action rod whose length we really enjoy 8

Total Score

7.75
Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

  
Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
J Available both with and without the foregrip L If you prefer a balanced rod, you'll find this one tip heavy.
J Top quality components  
J Light for its power and length  
J No Hassle replacement option for damaged rods  

 

Conclusion: In the end, my feeling of the MBX Ultra 707H is that it's a very nice stick with a blank that's not quite as crisp as something like the G.Loomis IMX blank, but definitely better than the G.Loomis GL3. It's close to the feeling I remember getting with IMX, but just not quite there. It does have that feel of fishing an extended MBR844C although the tip on the 707H is just a tad softer and better suited for pitching baits down around the one quarter to three eighths of an ounce threshold. I like the tip of this rod better than my former MBR844Cs.

 


Ms. Shayla with our Phenix Ultra MBX 707H

 

Another rod I've fished that's similar to this one is my old Kistler Helium LTA He76HC. That stick fishes just a tad softer in the tip and probably has a more moderate taper than the 707H.

 


By the way, the 707H works wonderfully as a paddletail swimbait rod too.

 

So what we have here is a stick that fishes pretty close to G.Loomis IMX, but with better components, a more contemporary grip and reel seat design, all at sixteen percent less in msrp (as compared to the MBR844C IMX). Those are some pretty compelling points. Is it any wonder we continue to be fans of this born again rod company? Phenix is making some noise in the bass rod space, and if you're a fan of the styling of their rods, you may just be a fan of how they fish as well. I know I am. For the exact points I listed at the beginning of this paragraph, Phenix Rods, with their Ultra MBX 707H has earned this TackleTour Editor's Choice Award.

 

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