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The Search for One : Leviathan Rods's All Purpose Bass Breaker

 

Date: 6/2/22
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Leviathan Rods
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.17 - GREAT

Introduction:
Leviathan Rods out of Dripping Springs Texas made their debut in the fishing industry back in 2016. Introductions to us came through the bass fishing spin-off community of swimbait fishing. Their Omega Swimbait rods are among the most coveted because the blanks are sourced from North Fork Composites and the rod are wrapped right here in the United States. What many might not know is that Leviathan also has a series of sticks for bass fishermen who enjoy more conventional techniques as well. The company's Trinity series has undergone several transformations but earlier this year, we got hold of a model that promises to set the stage for a 2022 rebirth. Introducing Leviathan Rod's Trinity All Purpose Bass Breaker.

 

Leviathan Rods Trinity All Purpose Bass Breaker Specifications

Material North Fork Composites LMX-PSI Blank
Length 7'-1"
Line Wt. 10-17lb
Lure Wt. 1/4-1oz
Pieces One
Guides 11+Tip (Fuji SS/SiC)
Rear Handle Length 11.75"
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.8oz
Origin Made in USA
MSRP $359.99


Introducing Leviathan Rod's refreshed Trinity All Purpose Bass Breaker

Impressions: Leviathan Rod's Trinity All Purpose Bass Breaker (APBB) is a seven foot, one inch (7'-1") stick made from a custom specified blank from North Fork Composites. It features a colored, split rear, carbon grip, full real seat (Alps AGC), and a full array of Fuji stainless steel guides with SiC inserts. Other than the familiar reel seat, I like that this stick has a different look and feel than their Omega Swimbait series. Out of the shipping tube, it felt very much like a stick that was ready for prime time, or more importantly, the scrutiny of a review.

 


Like their Omega Swimbait series, Leviathan is leveraging blanks from North Fork Composites for Trinity

 

Oddly enough, search as I may, I could not find a label on the rod with the manufacturer's model number. I expected to find something like "TRIN71MHFC" or "TRI85MHFC" denoting the series, length, power, taper, and configuration of the stick, but all I could find was the label "All Purpose Bass Breaker." It appears this stick borrows a little from that rebellious swimbait spirit afterall.


Ready for some action!

Real World Tests: Nevertheless, I was anxious to get this stick out on the water to see what it was about. For its tests, I paired it with another new product I was anxious to try. Okuma's Hakai launches this manufacturer into the prime time debate of legitimate casting reels delivering a compact, lightweight, magnesium framed workhorse for under $200. Zander may have already written up that reel, but it had some proving to do for me as well, and the pairing of this reel with the APBB was ideal. I spooled my Hakai with 50lb Soft Steel Eminent Braid and tied on a top shot of 12lb Soft Steel Instinct FC Leader (Albright knot) and was ready for action.


Matched with Okuma's new Hakai reel

Casting: Leviathan's Trinity APBB comes with a lure rating of one quarter to one full ounce (1/4-1oz) and a guide train of small, not quite micro-sized guides. I tied on a variety of baits to get a sense of the stick's casting range including jigs, weighted and unweighted soft plastics, jerkbaits, and some smallish crankbaits. The APBB handled all of them well with the sweet spot coming somewhere in the half ounce to three quarter ounce (1/2-3/4oz) range - pretty typical of any fishing rod to have that sweet spot land in the middle of the recommended rating. Though I will say the APBB seems to lean more to the heavier side of its lure rating than the light.


Fuji stainless steel framed K-series guides with SiC inserts

The APBB's tip loads predictably in both casting and pitching presentations and that handle is the right length to enable either one or two handed casting without getting in the way when you're working your bait.

After testing the rod's casting range, I settled on fishing it with a jig. It was an early season bite and slow, methodical presentations were the key. The APBB was very responsive whether I chose to hop or drag my jig along the bottom and I like that the rear handle wasn't getting in the way. Lastly, I had no difficulty with my connection knot through those smallish guides of the APBB.


Carbon grips colored to kind of sort of match that of cork?

Sensitivity: I guess it helped that it was an early season jig bite while fishing the APBB because there is perhaps, no better method of testing a rod's sensitivity than tying on a jig to coax a bite. To that end, I was able to discern hard bottom from soft, but more importantly pressure caused by weed entanglements from soft pick ups. Mix in a couple of those tell-tale "ticks" when that jig fires into the back of a fish's mouth and I was very pleased with the APBB's sensitivity. It is very much on par with what I'd expect at this price point.

Next Section: Trinity Power Ratings...

 

   

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