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Rod Review


An Exclusive, TackleWarehouse Search For One Candidate!


Date: 2/22/17
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.92 - GOOD

Last spring, we shared with you our findings on the TackleWarehouse exclusive, Daiwa DX Bass rod cranking stick - a full graphite rod with a moderate taper tailored for moving baits. Today, we share with you the Search for One candidate in this lineup. Here now is our look at the DXB731MHFB from Daiwa.


Daiwa DXB731MHFB Specifications

Material IM-7 Graphite
Length 7'-3"
Line Wt. 12-17lb
Lure Wt. 1/4-1oz
Pieces One
Guides 10+tip Fuji Aluminum Oxide
Rear Handle Length 10"
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 5.3oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $139.99 (on sale now for $89.97)


Impressions: The DXB731MHFB is a 7'-3" IM-7 graphite stick built with a fast taper with a lure range of one quarter to one ounce (1/4-1oz) and a line rating of twelve to seventeen pound (12-17lb)test. It's a tad tip heavy when you first pick it up but nothing beyond the norm for a rod of this power and length. Overall, it has a very conservative look and feel befitting of a workhorse lineup at a good price point.


Introducing the DXB731MHFB.

Real World Tests: I paired the DXB731MHFB with an Abu Garcia Revo Rocket spooled with 50lb Daiwa J-Braid with a 14lb Seaguar Tatsu leader and took to the California Delta with Zander for some tests.

Built with Daiwa's high volume fiber (HVF) technology featuring less resin for increased performance.

Casting: The DXB731MHFB has a nice, nimble tip that loads easily on a back cast and releases the energy predictably, but what I really enjoyed was using this stick as a pitching rod. That seven foot, three inches (7'-3") length makes it a fine rod for pitching and the standard, ten inch (10") handle is just right to stay out of your way while pitching yet remain long enough for comfortable two handed casting.

Paired with a Abu Garcia Revo Rocket and ready for action.

Sensitivity: My bait of choice while testing this rod's casting and pitching ability was the old faithful six inch (6") Gary Yamamoto Senko - much to Zander's chagrin. He hates it when I pull out this bait because it means we have to dial the trolling motor back from 100% thrust. But what better way to test a rod's sensitivity than to pitch an unweighted senko up into weed pockets and wait for a fish to suck it in?

The tail end of the rod's grip features this hypalon insert, aluminum winding check, and compressed cork cap.

Well, I'm happy to report that the DXB731MHFB performs as expected under this circumstance. It's not extraordinary in this department, nor is it disappointing. I find its sensitivity on par with other rods in its price range.

Testing out the rod's tip action.

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