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ICAST 2017 Coverage


The MS-1 and More From Majorcraft


Date: 7/15/17
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Majorcraft
Reviewer: Wolbugger

I've been fishing Majorcraft's NANOACE rods for a couple of years now and even did a full-blown review of their NAC-WJ731M. These rods are solid performers especially at the given price points, but in my experience they fish lighter than their stated ratings—especially by U.S. standards. At ICAST this year, Majorcraft unveiled a new rod lineup that is said to be a bit different in regards to ratings.

The MS-1 rods we held looked clean and felt lightweight in hand.

MS-1 Rods: The new MS1 rods are designed to fall inline with more “traditional” rod ratings that anglers here in the United States will be accustomed to. Available starting in October, these sticks feature construction utilizing 40-Ton carbon with a bias cross-wrap for strength/light weight, Fuji stainless-framed guides with Alconite inserts, Fuji reel seats, foam grips, and combo matte/gloss grey blanks complimented with copper wraps.

Heavier models feature foregrips, which you can partially see here!

There will be 19 models up to 7'11” long which include 5 spinning and 2 composite rods, all of which are 1-piece.  Expect pricing to range from $160 to $200.

There's a shift in finish at the first guide.

Don Iovino poses with his new Splash-it rod which fits nicely into the existing NANOACE lineup

NANOACE Splash-it: Designed by famous bass angler Don Iovino, this new addition to the NANOACE family matches up perfectly with his popular Splash-it topwater baits as well as the Majorcraft Iovino Zoner Hunter crankbaits. This medium-fast rod is 6'8” in length and is rated for 1/4 to 1/2 ounces and 6 to 15 pound line. Price $129.99 and available at the end of August.

Crank it up!

Conclusion: In addition, Zoner Crankbaits come in a few new color additions, and for saltwater anglers there's new jig hooks (approx $3.00 to $6.00) that match up perfectly with Majorcraft's Jigpara jigs.









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