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Rod Review


A TackleWarehouse Exclusive! Daiwa's DX Bass Cranking Stick


Date: 4/10/16
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.20 - GOOD

If there's one type of technique specific fishing rod we really enjoy reviewing here at TackleTour, it's a stick designed to fish moving baits. Swimbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, vibration baits are all amongst our favorite techniques to fish because you're targeting active fish. Of course, there's no moving bait stick more pervasive than one designed to fish crankbaits. Today, we take a look at a rod that's a member of yet another Daiwa lineup but sold exclusively at TackleWarehouse. Introducing Daiwa's DX-Bass DXB-761MHRB Cranking Stick.


Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB Specifications

Material IM-7 Graphite Blank
Length 7'-6"
Line Wt. 12-17lbs
Lure Wt. 1/4-1oz
Pieces One
Guides 10+tip Fuji Aluminum Oxide
Rear Handle Length 10.5"
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Moderate
Rod Weight 5.3oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $139.99


Quality/Construction: The DXB-761MHRB is a one-piece, seven foot, six inch (7'-6") stick made from IM-7 graphite. The rod's blank is finished with a satin black paint and the full rear grip is made of a fair grade cork with a small EVA band towards the rear end of the grip. Epoxy work around the thread wraps is good and the blank and guides on our test sample were straight.


Quality Ratings for Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB

Finish (1-5)
Grip (1-5)
Epoxy (1-5)
Blank (1-2)
Guides (1-2)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Performance: Daiwa offers a matching TackleWarehouse exclusive Tatula Tactical casting reel to match with their DX-Bass rods, but those reels are offered in 7.3:1 & 8.1:1 retrieve ratios. I prefer slower reels for cranking duties and matched the DXB-761MHRB up with Abu Garcia's new Orra Winch, low speed reel.

Introducing Daiwa's DXB-761MHRB Cranking Stick.

Casting: The DXB-761MHRB is a graphite stick built with a moderate - or what Daiwa refers to as a 'regular' - taper. Sticks like this generally load very well and are particularly adept at launching your baits long and far. Matched with an Orra Winch spooled with Spiderwire Ultracast Ultimate Mono the DXB-761MHRB is no exception to this rule. Both with small cranks like Lucky Craft's Flat Mini MR (3/8oz) on up to Strike King's 10XD (2oz), this stick loads very well and launches your baits smoothly and efficiently.

This stick features a full rear grip made of fair quality cork.

Yes, I realize the 10XD is above the rod's lure rating, but it handles that bait just fine. If there is one area I found a little off while casting with this rod, it's in its rear handle length. These days, I always cast two handed and for some reason, the DXB-761MHRB's handle length feels just a tad short give its overall length, for two handed casts. Statistically, at ten and a half inches (10.5"), it should be enough, but out on the water, I found myself wanting about another inch for better leverage during long casts.

The rod's reel seat is a standard Fuji ECS seat.

Sensitivity: There was a time when IM-7 graphite meant you were fishing amongst the best graphite blanks available so I was surprised to see Daiwa using it as the base for a cranking stick. It goes to show you a rod's action, or taper, is more a product of design than material, but thanks to this now, mid-grade graphite material, the DXB-761MHRB has good sensitivity - especially for a cranking stick. Even with nylon monofilament spooled on the reel and strung trough the guides, I had a good sense of what was going on at the end of my line.

Checking out the rod's tip and taper.

Power: Most anglers know that fishing rod power ratings vary between manufacturers and that there are no real industry standards - especially when talking about bass rods. A lot of factors go into determining this rating not the least of which is intended application. You'd think then, that given crankbait rods are a very specific subset of bass rods built for a defined purpose, that power ratings of these rods would be somewhat consistent. Well, the DXB-761MHRB is rated from Daiwa as a "medium-heavy" crankbait stick.

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB against
our 2009 Year of the Crank averages.

Charted against the averages from our 2009 Year of the Crank fishing rod lineup, the DXB-761MHRB's curve lines up very closely with that of our deep cranking sticks or cranking sticks we'd more commonly refer to as heavy or extra-heavy in power. Our point? When it comes to a rod's power, you never really know which is why we go through the effort of charting all the bass rods we test and sharing their relative data.

This stick is powerful enough for deep diving cranks yet versatile enough to fish shallow runners too.

Out on the water, the DXB-761MHRB is indeed powerful enough to handle deep diving cranks like Strike King's 10XD yet not too powerful to overwhelm smaller baits like Lucky Craft's Flat Mini DR. Once you have a fish hooked, thanks to the moderate taper, the stick is soft enough to allow you the opportunity to land that fish without pulling the bait out of its mouth.

Performance Ratings for Daiwa DX-Bass Cranking DXB-761MHRB

Pitch (1-5)
Cast (1-5)
Sensitivity (1-5)
Hook Set (1-5)
Control (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Daiwa uses their high volume fiber (HVF) technology in the production of these blanks.

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