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Rod Review


Megabass Triza : The True Measure of a Travel Stick?


Date: 3/28/22
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Megabass of America
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.17 - GREAT

Though we've been clamoring for it a good number of years, until recently, quality travel sticks have been difficult to come by. Thanks to recent introductions by several manufacturers, the options are finally opening up. Last year, we previewed two series by Megabass of America to address this very need. Today, we take a look at a finesse stick option in one of these series. Introducing Megabass's Triza F0-68XSTZ Hibali.


Megabass Triza F0-68XSTZ Hibali Specifications

Material Proprietary Blank
Length 6'-8 (27.75" folded)
Line Wt. 2-7lb
Lure Wt. 1/32-3/16oz
Pieces 3
Guides 7+tip Fuji SS/SiC
Rear Handle Length 7.5"
Power Rating Ultra Light
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 2.9oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $370

Introducing Megabass's Triza F0-68XSTZ Hibali

Impressions: Megabass's Triza Hibali is a 3-piece spinning rod that when broken down measures about twenty eight (28) inches. Fully assembled, it is spec'd at six feet eight inches (6'-8"). It is a zero (0) powered stick in Megabass's power hierarchy aligning it with the power classification of ultra-light. Guides are made by Fuji and feature stainless steel frames with SiC inserts.


The Hibali comes with a split rear grip of cork


However, as with most rods by Megabass, stats don't tell the entire story. Those primarily concerned with price, specifications and performance miss the story. To understand Megabass is to appreciate the detail and craftsmanship involved with each stick. With Triza, this is all taken to another level.


The reel seat, traditionally a defining component of a Megabass build, is crafted out of birdseye peacock wood. There's a section on the rod with the decal of a hand drawn sketch and writing to describe what each build is most suited for in terms of technique. This Megabass rod is not just a tool, it is an experience.

Initially matched with a Shimano Exsence, this Abu Garcia Zenon makes for a much better pairing

Real World Tests: I received this Triza Hibali during the Fall of 2021 and had difficulty finding a reel with which to match. I first paired it with a Shimano Exsence, but finally Abu Garcia's Zenon spinning reels became available so I gobbled one up with the specific intent of matching it with my Triza. I spooled the Zenon with a base layer of ten pound (10lb) Soft Steel Eminent Braid topped with a leader of six pound (6lb) Soft Steel Instinct Fluorocarbon (connected with a Uni to Uni knot).

Guides are Fuji SS/SiC

Casting: If there's one power rating that's pretty universal across manufacturers with rods I've fished, it's the 0 rating. It's so universal, I can only think of two companies that actually offer it in a rod designed for black bass - G.Loomis, and of course, Megabass. When I'm presenting a sub quarter ounce bait combination in open water with six pound (6lb) test line (or leader), I just need to be able and cast that bait combo reliably. Backbone and power are all secondary. With a manufacturer suggested rating of 1/32 - 3/16 of an ounce, the Hibali does just that. Despite its "Ultra Light" rating, it loads and fires off in a cast with precision requiring only a quick flick of your wrist to make your presentation.

The Hibali's tip

Sensitivity: The other benefit of fishing a stick with this light of a power rating is sensitivity. The lower you go in rod power, the easier it is to detect bites. Couple that with benefit with a high-tech blank design like Megabass's Triangle Construction and everything is taken to a different level. The tip on the Hibali is extremely responsive communicating both visually and through touch that a fish has taken your bait.

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Megabass Triza F0-68XSTZ Hibali against the historical averages of similarly powered rods we've tested over the past twenty years

Power: When I'm fishing a drop shot on light line, I rarely swing on my sets. Instead, I simply flex my wrist to arch the rod and exert pressure on the line allowing that light wire hook to do its work. I'm always afraid that if I snap my wrist in a forceful hookset, I'm going to break that line. This strategy rarely fails me but it does require a rod with the proper taper (i.e. moderate tapers do not apply). The tip of the Hibali transitions seamlessly into the mid-section triangle for a very smooth power curve that enables these lifting sets and also affords you about as much control as you can expect from a 0 power rod.

Megabass designs each section of this rod to deliver optimal performance

Next Section: What is the Triza's Triangle Construction?









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