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ARK Rods Elevates Invoker Series to "Pro" Status (continued)

Sensitivity: Sensitivity for this stick is slightly above average for what I'd expect at this price point. Kind of a welcome surprise really. As you know, fishing that Ned Rig is a slow process, and there were times when I got caught weeds. Thanks to the IVP76MLXS, I could easily sense when this was the case and knew when to bring it all in to clear out the mess before casting back out to work the bottom searching for that subtle "tick" of a bite.

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our ARK Rods Invoker Pro IVP76MLXS against the historical averages of similarly powered rods we've tested over the past twenty years

Power: ARK Rods lists the IVP76MLXS as a "medium-lite" power stick and back in the lab, it charted almost identically to our historical averages of other finesse style rods. In fact, aside from overall weight, this stick tested out very similarly to a two power G.Loomis stick, our former baseline rod, the DSR 822S NRX. Out on the water, the IVP76MLXS sets up very nicely on hookset and that extra length really comes in handy when those crazy fish try to get under the boat! Power and leverage with this stick is very good.

ARK labels the IVP76MLXS as an extra-fast taper rod

Design & Ergonomics: 7'-6" is becoming common place amongst casting rods but is still relatively new for spinning - in the realm of bass fishing anyway. The IVP76MLXS is light in hand and easily balances with just about any spinning reel especially given the fact typical hand placement when holding a spinning combo is at the front edge of the reel seat. This puts the weight of the spinning reel behind your hand and on the opposite side of the rod's tip. This is so much more impactful than trying to balance a casting rod where the reel's weight is applied right where you're holding the combo - like standing at the middle of a see-saw.

A decorative winding check caps off the handle assembly

That animal print wrap around the blank though superfluous really adds to the character of the stick and gives it a kind of higher end feel. Grip material is very minimal, as it should be on a spinning rod, and ARK does a good job of adorning the stick with just enough red thread wraps, winding checks, and graphics highlighting points of interest.

Lab Results for ARK Rods Invoker Pro IVP76MLXS

Avg RoD
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ft lbs)
ARK Rods Invoker Pro IVP76MLXS
G.Loomis DSR 822S NRX
What the Finesse Avg

Open ended hook keeper convenient for drop shot weights and Texas rigged plastics

Price & Applications: ARK Rods elevates their Invoker lineup to "Pro" status while keeping its price point the same. Each rod in the series, including the IVP76MLXS, retails for just $149.95. This stick makes a wonderful tool for light line, finesse applications from drop shot, to dragging a split shot across the bottom (like a finesse Carolina rig), and more.

ARK Rods elevates their Invoker lineup to "Pro" status while keeping its price point the same


ARK Rods Invoker Pro IVP76MLXS Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Clean build that has held up well over time. The 40-ton high modulus carbon fiber blank reinforced with nano-tube technology is a quality combination at this aggressive price 8.5
Performance Surprisingly good sensitivity 8
Price ARK continues to deliver solid value at this price point 8
Features Proprietary components that aren't fancy but do get the job done 7
Design (Ergonomics) A higher end look than the previous generation 8
Application Excellent light line, finesse application spinning rod 9

Total Score

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:


+ Higher end look and feel than previous generation - If you prefer the reliability of name brand components, this stick doesn't have them
+ Same price point after refresh  
+ Very good sensitivity  

ARK Rods continues to surprise me with the value they're able to provide at this price point

Conclusion: It continues to surprise me how ARK Rods can provide so much value at a price point like this. I guess by sticking with proprietary (i.e. generic) components, manufacturing costs can be kept down which they in return pass on to the customer. Adding their now signature, unsanded, wrapped look to the blank ARK delivers a "pro" style look to their refreshed lineup and would be a solid performer at almost any price point, but at $149.95 it is definitely worth a cast.


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