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More then just deep cranking with Powell's 754 CB Glass Rod (continued)


Casting cont'd: The 754 isn’t as soft as some of the glass rods we have fished in the past and when casting lighter baits it actually feels a whole lot like a moderate action graphite rod than e-glass. It is only when casting lures 3/4oz and above does the rod really begin to feel more like glass. Casting far is easy with the 754 as the extra inches help provide more leverage into every cast. This is most noticeable when casting full size crankbaits.

A look at the rear grip

On my most recent trip to El Salto Mexico I chose to bring the 754 to be my primary rod for tossing full size Bombers. The water level of the lake had come up over 30 feet since my last visit and I knew that in order to get into the big fish with a crank I would have to get down and cover a lot of water. The Powell 754 armed with a Shimano Calais 4x8 was a perfect combo and I was able to cast ¾ of the spool with little effort.

The rear grip may be small but it is easy and comfortable to grab for dual handed casts

My guide actually was amazed with the casting distance and started moving the boat farther back from shore just to accommodate the incredible casting distance. The 754 is decent at casting 1/4oz lures, anything smaller than that it starts to get hairy, but when it comes to the big stuff this rod is no slouch. In fact we think the 1oz rating is rather conservative, as it is possible to cast 1 1/2oz. or even 2oz. lures with little difficulty.   

The rod features quality fuji guides

Retrieving: The Delta proved to be the best location to test the complete range of lures. While most of our crank tests were conducted at Lake El Salto we turned our attention to swimbaits and topwater lures on our home water. The 754 is designed for swimbaits of the smaller variety, while it is possible to throw a Hud on the rod it really isn’t designed to handle these baits, and when tossing a Spro BBZ the 754 felt completely underpowered. However the rod was able to toss baits outside of the recommended lure weight range and we were able to toss and retrieve the Black Dog Shellcracker and a wide variety of flukes just fine.

Though the blank is glass the rod is responsive enough for topwater fishing

While good for smaller swimbaits the 754 really shined when it came to mid sized topwater lures. The action of the rod is ideal for retrieving larger deep diving jerkbaits like the Lucky Craft Pointer 100DD, but it also feels right at home tossing Sammys, big twin blade buzzbaits, and even prop baits.

Like all Powell rods the rod is clean and simply labeled

Power: When fishing the 754 I noticed that I definitely lost less fish. Unlike other glass rods the 754 feels crisp during casts and retrieves but when a big fish is on the end of the line the rod is “buttery” smooth just like a good glass rod should be. The 754 is not as forgiving as some other glass or glass/graphite hybrid rods like the Kistler Magnesium glass rods, but it offers a nice balance of both heavy power and a nice moderate action.

The rear grip is finished with EVA foam

On this rod you usually can tell what kind of fish you have on the line, as the rod has a forgiving tip and a stiff butt section. Small fish feel petite, and big fish feel large, there is no mistaking it. When there is a big fish on the line the 754 feels confident and capable, and because the tip absorbs so much of the shock it is possible to muscle fish in a bit more than with a graphite rod without fear of the fish shaking the hook.

The rod uses a Fuji real seat without a blank through, not a problem considering this isn't the most sensitive of sticks and not designed for bottom type contact baits

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