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Rod Review

Creature Fever : Phenix Gets into Heavy Recon (continued)

Casting: The Phenix Recon PHX C-715 has a rather generous lure rating of three eighths of an ounce on up to one and a half ounces - a stat I found a bit curious considering how it aligns with the MBR844C GLX. Out on the water, I rigged a punch setup on this stick just to get a feel for the lure rating. To clarify, the PHX C-715 is not a rod I'd use for punching.

One benefit of that soft tip? The PHX-C715H is a nice pitching stick...

With an ounce and a quarter TungstenWeights.com weight, 4/0 Paycheck Baits Punch Hook, Punch Skirt, and Missile Baits DBomb trailer (all told about 1.75 ounces), the PHX C-715's tip did surprisingly well. I could pitch and cast this amount of weight on this rod without it feeling terribly overweighted. With this bait setup in the water, the tip of the PHX C-715 is also stout enough to work the bait, so in a pinch, this rod will hold up to those weights, but I'd still probably stick closer to an ounce or maybe an ounce a quarter tops in lure weight with this rod.

... with just enough power to handle fish like this!

Sensitivity: The PHX C-715 is made of an intermediate level of graphite. Most lower end sticks feature graphite rated at 30 tons or below and most higher end rods are somewhere in the 40s or above. Phenix's entire Recon series sits somewhere in the middle at 36 tons. But more so than the actual graphite rating, there are other factors that affect a rod's sensitivity - namely the build.

It features a split reel seat with a rubber coating on the trigger for a "soft touch".


These aren't name brand guides, but they do feature stainless frames with SiC inserts.

Phenix does their best to minimize the components on their Recon series of rods without going the route of micro-guides. Even more important to us, the PHX C-715 in this review features an unfinished, unsanded blank. Not only does this lend to the rod's JDM-esque appeal, but because of the absence of extra processing, we get to fish a blank that feels like it's right out of the factory.

Part of the allure of this stick, at least for me, is the unsanded finish. Unfortunately, the Recon 2 is now sanded.

If you drag the tip of the PHX C-715 across a textured surface, you will actually hear the vibrations within the blank. This sensation is what you're experiencing out on the water when you don't actually feel a bite, but you know something is at the end of your line.

The hook keeper for this rod is back at the butt end of the rod.


Capping off the JDM styling is an attractive stamp featuring the company's logo.

Actual, physical strike detection is about average to maybe a little above average with this stick, but that extra dimension of subconsciously hearing the bite is what makes this series of rods somewhat unique at this price point. The blank on our PHX C-715 is very crisp.

Here is a better look at the PHX-C715H's tip and what makes it such a nice casting rod.

Power: Back to the question of this stick's actual power. As suggested by the results from our RoD WRACK out, on the water the PHX-C715H still feels somewhere between a medium heavy to heavy powered rod when under load.

Just a five pound peacock, but do these fish ever pack a punch.


It certainly had enough backbone to deal with peacock bass from the Amazon as well as feisty Clear Lake largemouth bass so as long as you are conscious of this, there are no concerns with the actual power of this stick.


And the PHX-C715H handled them just fine.

Next Section: A New Recon Series?









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