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Does Power Tackle Deliver with "The One" Rod? (continued)

Power cont'd: However, in certain vertical bait techniques, namely punching, that fast taper can be a detriment serving to put too much pressure on the fish and pulling that hook out of its mouth. Ever try pulling a fish along the side of the boat with your rod in an attempt to direct it into the net only to have the fish inexplicably pull free? Same thing.


Traditionally, here in the US, anglers favor faster tapered rods for vertical bait presentations

Punch rods designed by anglers like Bub Tosh who fish this technique day in and day out have a more moderate taper, much like a crankbait stick. This allows the stick to flex and give as a fish is shaking its head or trying to pull away in close quarters. This degree of flexibility is beneficial whenever you have fish at the end of the line and is the reason many of the rods designed for the Japanese market (JDM), are slower in taper than their US Domestic counterparts.


Punch rods designed by anglers like Bub Tosh who fish this technique day in and day out have a more moderate taper, much like a crankbait stick

With their "The One" series, Power Tackle is tapping into this approach. The 04MH specifically, has plenty of power to drive your hook point while fishing jigs and soft plastics, and it has just enough give to help you land a higher percentage of those hookups. This flexibility extends the utility of the rod as well making it suitable for horizontal bait presentations like swim jigs, vibrating jigs, spinnerbaits, and more.


I chose the left side of the blank for placement of my hook keeper

Design & Ergonomics: Subjectively, picking up the 04MH, leaves me with an impression of a light, very crisp stick. Objectively, collecting the data points that we do, the build I received falls very closely within our one hundred rod plus average of similarly rated sticks collected for our Search for One campaign. Where the 04MH strays just a bit is in its tip heavy tendency. For vertical bait aficionados where you're fishing with the tip down, this isn't much of an issue. In other applications, it's only a slight inconvenience and not tip heavy to the extent where the rod is cumbersome to fish. Far from it. This stick is light and lively out on the water.


This new, woven carbon grip is very promising

One aspect of this rod that bares highlighting is Power Tackle's choice in grip material. Traditionally, carbon handles are a little slick - especially when wet. This new, woven carbon grip material on the 04MH features all the light weight, sensitive benefit of traditional carbon handles without that slick, slippery downside. It won't wear like cork, won't dent like foam, and won't chip or crumble like either of those two materials. Get some fish slime, blood, or your favorite scent on the handle? Dip it in the water and wash it off. This is a very promising grip.


This new Fuji Tackle PTS, low profile seat may be my new favorite

Lab Results for Power Tackle The One 04MH

Model
Avg RoD
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ft lbs)
Power Tackle The One 04MH
147
Moderate
4.8
8.5
0.23
TSFO >100 Rod Avg
1.76
--
4.6

8.0

0.19
Heavy Power Avg
1.39
--
5.1
8.2
0.23
What the Finesse Avg
2.94
--
3.9
7.3
0.15


The butt end is just large enough to grip for two handed casts

Price & Applications: Make no mistake about it, Power Tackle's The One series is their flagship product and is priced as such. The 04MH retails for $399 - very reflective of its grade of components and blank. Application wise, it's very good in both horizontal and vertical presentations with any bait offerings you may tie on so long as it is within the rod's lure rating. My only concern here is the discrepancy in the rod's lure rating on the manufacturer's website and the actual stick. Hopefully that information will be updated soon.


The 04MH retails for $399 - very reflective of its grade of components and blank

Ratings:

Power Tackle The One 04MH Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very clean build that showcases custom rod design and construction 9
Performance Excellent sensitivity and very good casting performance. A surprisingly powerful blank that is capable of fishing baits beyond the rated specifications 9
Price Flagship product will always get dinged in this category, but price is commensurate with the competition. 7
Features Carbon split rear grip, quality reel seat, Recoil guides, hook hangar, and protective rod sleeve 8
Design (Ergonomics) Fishes better than it measures out 7.5
Application A very worthy candidate in your search for one 8

Total Score

8.08
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
+ Blank has a nice, crisp feel - Specification discrepancy on the manufacturer website may lead to overblown expectations
+ Carbon grip is very comfortable and not slippery at all - Model numbers within the series are not very intuitive
+ Nice to be able an order with custom choice in reel seat, placement of hook keeper, and length. - No photos on ordering page to illustrate reel seat options


Power Tackle's 04MH in their The One series is just about everything a bass angler could want in one rod to handle it all.

Conclusion: Power Tackle has been around for a number of years but have somehow kind of flown under our radar. With so many rod manufacturers on the market today, sometimes it's difficult to stand out and catch our attention. Naming a rod series after one of our campaigns - whether intentional or not - is a good start, but honestly, building a product that's buzz worthy is the best strategy. Yes, Power Tackle's "The One" series is worthy of some buzz. The 04MH, in particular, is relatively light, crisp, sensitive and so very versatile. It is just about everything a bass angler could want in one rod to handle it all.

 

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