The Megabass P5 Destroyers
are Coming! A First Look at the US P5 Rod Launch Lineup
||Megabass of America
Introduction: The much anticipated Megabass America Destroyer P5
USA lineup of rods is right around the corner and the first run rods just landed
here at the TackleTour lab today. As we begin a deeper dive into the new rods
here is a preview of the launch lineup and what US anglers can expect from the
Look familiar? The US Destroyer P5 rods feature many of
the same styling features as what we previously have seen on the JDM P5 rods
US P5 Destroyers: In the world of Megabass there is nothing that stirs the hearts of
enthusiasts quite like the Destroyer lineup of rods. The US Destroyer lineup was
extremely popular, and rods like the FMJ, Mark 48 and Onager have already
reached legendary status. A refresh of the US Destroyer line has been in the
works for years but a combination of the pandemic, labor, and supply chain
issues all forced Megabass America to alter their launch plans.
Each Destroyer rod will come with a premium neoprene rod
sock that is individually labeled
In Japan Megabass Inc. had already launched the JDM P5 Destroyers so in May of
2020 it made sense to make these JDM rods accessible to US anglers to help
bridge this period. The JDM P5 Series was well received but like many JDM rods
catered more to overseas anglers in terms of shorter lengths, powers, and
The beautifully machined fore nut returns
Megabass America wanted to leverage the technology that was already proven in
the JDM P5 Series, including the 5-D graphite system, and develop rods that
delivered familiar actions and were more suited to the U.S. applications which
tend to lean on the more power fishing side.
A look at the split grip on the Daemos
5-D Graphite System: Yuki Ito developed the 5-D system to be an
interlocking and reinforcing prepreg puzzle of sorts. These five
performance-optimized panels include: #1 for longitudinal tension, #2 for
45-degree torsional rigidity to the right, #3 for 45-degree torsional rigidity
to the left, #4 for lateral stiffness, and #5 for longitudinal elasticity. The
five panels are then carefully arranged during the production process to
maximize and integrate the distinct performance characteristics of each panel
into a cohesive whole, forming a complete puzzle that Megabass says minimizes
the unnecessary overlap in traditional patterning and layering.
The bottom line is that
the 5-D Graphite system is designed to allow for a smoother and more precise
taper, seamless load transition and power when anglers need it, and all with
less waste material which helps reduce weight.
Megabass considers 5D a
paradigm shift in the blank
construction process, as it is designed to enable improved performance through a new method of
patterning and layering.
The Shimano Antares looks pretty good with the new Destroyer P5 US
P5 DNA: The US P5 Rods look much like you would expect and feature the
same proprietary reel seats as the JDM models.
...but Daiwa has always seemed like a great pairing, and
especially considering the long history between the two brands
The IBSC Casting Seat is very comfortable and features a
minimalist-styled grip contour and short-trigger design allowing for intuitive grip transitions as the angler moves
through the cycle of casting, rod work, hookset and landing. Blank contact areas
are maximized to deliver precise feedback without sacrificing control. This was
one of my favorite elements in the JDM P5 rods and I am happy to see it carry
over into the US lineup.
The ISBC casting seat features dual access and a short
The spinning MBCS Seat is a little more polarizing in design and
features the bridge design that draws inspiration from
the Megane-bashi in Nagasaki, known as Japan’s oldest arched
stone bridge. This seat looks a little eccentric but is very comfortable to rest
your hand over as it is positioned directly over the reel stem.
The MBCS spinning seat draws inspiration from an arched
This ergonomic fit helps increase grip
when working baits and provides a lot of access. I found on the P5 JDM rods that
this design fit squarely in your hand when fighting fish and would not rotate,
helping provide a firm grip.
A look at the rear locking nut which is covered in cork
and finished with machined aluminum
Rod's like the new Addermine will
benefit from this new seat which provides more access to the exposed blank
section, palming contact, and overall better ergonomics when finesse fishing.
Guides are proven Fuji Titanium SiC
The new US Destroyers will come armed with Fuji Titanium Frame SiC-S Guides,
and as you might expect the thread work on these rods is excellent, and yes all
those purple highlights have also carried over. Epoxy is kept to a minimum and
tight around the wrap area to minimize weight and not interfere with the
intended action of the raw blank.
Notice how the Daemos name is green, this corresponds to
the Megabass "Recommended Game Chart"
In total there will be nine Destroyer P5 rods at time of launch. These are
broken out into colors that fall into the Megabass "Game Chart". For example the
F5072X Daemos is designed to be a spinnerbait and swim jig specialist so it is
green on the chart. This is indicated by the color of the rod's name on the
blank and also on the rod sleeve for quick and easy identification.
The Game Chart breaks each application into colors for
The following are the Megabass P5 USA rod descriptions, powers, and where
they fall in the application specific "Game Chart" and retail prices for
Megabass P5 USA Rods (Launch
F4.1/2-611X ONETEN SPECIAL
(FAST MOVING AGGRESSIVE)
Length: 6’11” | Lure: 3/8 – 3/4oz | Line: 8 – 20lb |
Power: Medium | Action: Fast
Designed to maximize the potential of the Vision Oneten
jerkbait line, the proprietary 5D blank exhibits a crisply responsive—yet
supple—action, much like a refined sportscar’s suspension equally at home on
the road or track. Whether transmitting precision angler input or absorbing
nerve-wracking head shakes, the Oneten Special loads with intuitive delight,
inspiring instant confidence.
(Spinner Bait, Blade Bait)
Length: 7’2” | Lure: 3/8 – 1oz | Line: 8 – 20lb |
Power: Medium+ | Action: Fast
With intuitive loading characteristics and a wellspring
of power, the Daemos is a demonically accurate snipe-caster built to take
single-hook applications to the next level. Ideal for swim jigs, spinner
baits and buzzbaits, Daemos has the compact precision and toughness to
dominate tight cover and structure situations.
(Slow Moving Power Game)
Length: 7’5” | Lure: 3/8 – 1oz | Line: 8 – 20lb |
Power: Medium+ | Action: Medium Fast
Developed for treble-hook lure deployment, Javelin has
the length and power to set the hook at the end of a formidable cast—all
while retaining that supple “give” necessary to keep finicky trebles pinned
throughout the fight. Ideally suited for fast-moving search baits, Javelin
also pairs well with bladed jigs and swim jigs, providing a long-range
weapon to power-fishing anglers.
(Sensitivity Bottom Contact)
Length: 7’3” | Lure: 3/8 – 1oz | Line: 10 – 25lb |
Power: Medium-Heavy | Action: Fast
Built for bottom-contact domination, the FMJ delivers
refined sensitivity, intuitive loading characteristics, and a silky-smooth
power delivery. Designed with the perfect upper blank tension to navigate
gnarly terrain and the ability to transmit contact and composition with
surprising clarity, FMJ brings jigs to life with devastating effectiveness.
(Rubber Jig, Texas Rig)
Length: 7’5” | Lure: 1/2 – 1.25oz | Line: 12 – 25lb
| Power: Heavy | Action: Fast
The FMJ’s bigger brother handles the heavy lifting in
bottom contact applications, offering a dominant option for heftier jigs.
However, unlike its smaller sibling, the BMG has a slightly softer tip
section to facilitate bottom dragging with swing-heads and Carolina rigs,
where a bit more “give” is required to prevent targets from feeling
unnatural blank tension on the bite.
(Frog, Big Bait, Swim Bait)
Length: 7’6” | Lure: 3/4 – 3.5oz | Line: 15 – 30lb |
Power: Heavy | Action: Medium Fast
Built to send five to eight-inch swimbaits into the
unknown in search of trophy-class targets, the MARK-56 is a refinement of
the previous generation MARK48 and a step up in both power and length from
its JDM sibling, Tequila Baccarac. With an incomparably smooth 5D design and
beefed-up blank diameter, MARK-56 loads effortlessly for intuitive cast
performance and heavyweight encounters, absorbing the fiercest fights with
F7.1/2-711X JUNGLE SEVEN
(Extreme Hookset Special)
Length: 7’11” | Lure: 1/2 – 2oz | Line: 15 – 30lb |
Power: Heavy | Action: Medium Fast | 2pc Tactical Handle
Designed for flipping and light-pitching in and around
jungle-cover areas with smooth power, intuitive feel, and that perfect
balance of torque, sensitivity and give. With a refined tip section to pick
up light bites and impart precise action, the blank transfers load with
imperceptible ease into the torquey midsection and powerful base of the
blank for decisive hooksets and one-sided fights.
Length: 7’6” | Lure: 1/16 – 3/8oz | Line: 4 – 10lb |
Power: Light+ | Action: Fast
Renowned for its light and sensitive blank, Flyssa is
designed to manage light line applications with quiet confidence. Developed
primarily for finesse swimbaits and hair jigs, Flyssa’s 5-D construction
also exhibits the kind of sensitivity and silky-smooth load transfer that
excels in pressured deep-water situations.
Length: 6’11” | Lure: 1/8 – 1/2oz | Line: 5 – 12lb |
Power: Medium Light+ | Action: Ex. Fast
A master of finesse, the Addermine’s aggressive taper
blends a light tip, torquey midsection and powerful base into a cohesive
whole, putting surprising sensitivity and intuitive control within your
grasp. Proprietary 5D blank construction enables an impossibly smooth taper
transition for an experience under load unlike any other.
Quick Take: The Destroyer P5 US Rods are just entering mass production
now and will retail from $475 to $525 depending on the rod model with the
finesse oriented Addermine spinning rod being the most accessible, to the power
oriented Mark 56 and Jungle Seven rods being the most expensive at $525 each. We
have also confirmed that all nine of the launch rods will start becoming available in the early spring
timeframe from retailers.
In true Megabass fashion even the butt caps are refined
Over the course of the next few months we will provide more details on the rods
as we have a chance to get them on the water and see just how they feel,
and how they compare to the last generation.
The P5 Addermine in particular feels immediately more
crisp than the last gen with the new 5-D blank
Just handling rods like the FMJ, Daemos, Mark56 and Addermine in the lab and we
are excited by the return of some immediately familiar lengths and actions
bolstered with the enhanced styling and refinement from the 5-D equipped JDM P5
rods. As an example I can already say that I like the action of the new
Addermine better than the last generation as the tip feels considerably more
crisp and exhibits a faster action. I hope that this translates into an even
better sensitivity, faster hooksets, and more torque under load. One can only
hope, and there is only one way to find out. Time to hit to hit water!