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Rod Review

The Search For One ... Exel-lence from Lamiglas

Date: 2/07/10
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Lamiglas
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.00 - GREAT

Introduction: With more and more manufacturers headed overseas for the production of their fishing rods, together with the recent economic downturn, growth in the “value” segment of the fishing rod market was predictable. This was the overwhelming theme of CAST 2009, and for the majority who feel fishing rod prices are getting out of hand, this was and still is great news. However, for those still coveting “Made in the USA” labels on their rods, value rod choices are few and far between. It’s just the nature of the problem and the fact that manufacturing costs are so much less overseas. But thankfully, at least, there are choices. Yes, thanks to both Lamiglas and Falcon, those who want both an affordable fishing rod and the pride of knowing their purchases are helping to keep jobs in America, US anglers can have their rods and not worry about the economic impact too. Today, we take a look at one of these products in our review of the Lamiglas Excel series of bass rods.


Lamiglas Excel Bass Rod XL734C Specifications

Material Lamiglas IM Graphite
Length 7'-3"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 11
Line Wt. 8 - 20lbs
Lure Wt. 1/4 - 3/4oz
Pieces one
Guides 9 + Tip (American Tackle SS/Al Oxide)
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.5 oz
Manufacturing Country USA
Retail Price $109


Introducing the Lamiglas Excel XL734C.

Impressions: In a move that belies their somewhat conservative nature, Lamiglas’ new, Excel series of rods feature a metallic brown finish (Lamiglas describes it as a deep metallic copper), split rear cork grip, and no fore grip design. Certainly nothing new in today’s rod market, but a small departure from the company’s usual look nonetheless (the discontinued Skeet Reese series of rods not withstanding of course). In hand and off the store rack, the XL734C feels relatively average in weight and has a slight tip heaviness to it. But for $109 retail, we’re really not expecting perfection off the rack.


Fig. 1 : This Rod Deflection Chart shows the deflection characteristics of the Test Subject (yellow curve) against several similar sticks.


Lab Tests: Speaking of racks, the first appointment for the XL734C was with our Rod WRACK and comparison of data points with our 2010 Search for One baseline, the GLX2000. As we can see from the chart above, the XL734C compares rather favorably in deflection characteristics to the MBR783C GEL. If anything, the XL734C might be a tad softer in power, but the extra bit of deflection may also be attributed to it being nine inches longer than our baseline rod.


Lab Results for Lamiglas Excel Bass Rod XL743C

Avgas Rod (2-32 oz)
Measured Weight
Balance Point
Balancing Torque (flubs)


In the “other stats” department, as noted, the XL734C is slightly tip heavy though it does compare favorably against the GLX200 in terms of weight despite being nine inches longer than that stick.


The XL734C pairs nicely with the Shimano Aldebaran.


Field Tests: Before the cold set in, we took the XL734C out for a test run on the California Delta during the fall striper run. I paired it with a Shimano Aldebaran spooled with 55lb Suffix Performance Braid in day-glow orange.


The XL734C is a medium heavy powered rod making it a good choice for all around use.


Pitching & Casting: Casting duties for this rod were put to immediate test both with a six-inch Triton Mike Boca Bullshad and Lucky Craft’s Pointer 128. The Pointer is obviously within the rod’s rated range, but the Bullshad is just as obviously above the rod’s recommended lure weight. Nevertheless, it handled both baits just fine. The XL734C is made from a versatile blank as taxing its upper limits did little to stress the rod’s capabilities.


And even though it's not recommended, we were able to throw this hard bodied swimbait with this rod with no issues (note the placement of the hook hangar on this stick - at the rear, out of the way).


For pitching duties, we took to the tules where I tied on a 3/8 oz Pepper Jig tipped with a first generation Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog. The XL734C’s handle is just the right length to NOT get in the way when pitching jigs and soft plastics. The tip loads and responds very well.


A closer look at the open ended hook keeper at the back of the XL734C.



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