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Rod Review

The Fun and Stylish TDS 701MXHB from Daiwa


Date: 5/30/15
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.63 - GOOD

The $100 price point for bass fishing rods has been a hotly contested market in the last couple of years. Manufacturers have been doing their best to deliver good performance in a rod series while keeping the price point as close to $100 as possible. We've seen plenty $119.99, $129.95, etc. introductions, but not many manufacturers seem to be able and crack that $100 threshold to offer a relevant rod series that is under that ceiling. At ICAST 2014, Daiwa stepped up to the plate with their refresh of the Team Daiwa S lineup. Are these sticks worthy of consideration? Let's find out.


Daiwa TDS701MHXB Specifications

Material IM-7 Graphite
Length 7'-0"
Line Wt. 10-20lbs
Lure Wt. 1/4-1oz
Pieces One
Guides 9 + tip (Fuji Aluminum Oxide)
Rear Handle Length 9.25"
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Extra-Fast
Rod Weight 4.4oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $94.99


Introducing Daiwa's Team Daiwa S Series TDS701MHXB.


Quality/Construction: Daiwa's TDS701MHXB is a seven foot (7'-0") long graphite stick with mixed finishes. At the rod's base, the blank is painted pearl white, but from that point up towards the tip the unsanded blank is finished with a light gloss coat. The rod comes with a split rear grip of EVA foam, and epoxy work around the guides is good, but the edges are difficult to see because of the rod's glossy finish. Looking down the length of the stick, we can see the blank is straight and the guides are in good alignment.


Quality Ratings for Daiwa TDS701MHXB

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

The Team Daiwa S Series is Daiwa's sub $100 price point line of casting and spinning rods for bass.

Performance: To put the TDS701MHXB through its paces, I paired it with an equally budget conscious low profile baitcaster from Daiwa, the AIRD 100HSL. I spooled the reel with twelve pound (12lb) Sunline SuperNatural nylon monofilament.

Checking out the rod's taper just after sunrise on Lake Sonoma, California.

Casting: The TDS701MHXB comes with a recommended lure rating of one quarter to one full ounce (1/4 - 1oz). The upper end of the lure rating is no issue with this stick but the comfortable lower end is more like three eighths of an ounce (3/8 oz). Though granted, I was testing this rod with the AIRD 100HSL which is, in itself, limited to about three eighths of an ounce in low end rating too, but the "extra-fast" tip of the TDS701MHXB takes a little more weight to really load well for a cast.

The TDS701MHXB's blank is unsanded but protected with a gloss coat.

Sensitivity: Sensitivity of the TDS701MHXB is average. It's hard to expect more from a stick in this price range, but the gloss coat up and down the blank doesn't help much. On the other hand, if fished with braid or fluorocarbon, those lines will certainly help matters. Nylon monofilament while good as a low cost, all purpose line, is not the best choice if your ultimate goal is feeling everything going on at the end of the line.

Guides are Fuji SS frames with aluminum oxide inserts.

Power: Rated as medium heavy in power, the TDS701MHXB, charts as such on our RoD WRACK, but fishes a little more powerful because of its faster taper. It just sets up more quickly than other rods which is a good thing if you're looking for a rod with power.

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Daiwa TDS701MHXB
against our Search For One Baseline sticks.

I ended up fishing this stick primarily as a weighted Senko rig using a nail weight in the head of the Senko while rigged on a CHT Double Wacky Hook. I fished it over points and in some areas with sparse weeds so the need for control of my catch was not paramount. At the same time, the TDS701MHXB does a fine job of helping you control your catch once hooked. I had zero issues setting hook and controlling my catch with this stick.

Performance Ratings for Daiwa TDS701MHXB

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

The TDS701MHXB comes with an open ended hook keeper great for stowing Texas rigged soft plastics.

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