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The Megabass P5 Destroyers are Coming! A First Look at the US P5 Rod Launch Lineup

 

Date: 10/17/22
Tackle Type: Rods
Manufacturer: Megabass of America
Reviewer: Zander






 

 

Introduction: The much anticipated Megabass America Destroyer P5 USA lineup of rods is right around the corner and the first run rods just landed here at the TackleTour lab today. As we begin a deeper dive into the new rods here is a preview of the launch lineup and what US anglers can expect from the new series.

 


Look familiar? The US Destroyer P5 rods feature many of the same styling features as what we previously have seen on the JDM P5 rods

 

US P5 Destroyers: In the world of Megabass there is nothing that stirs the hearts of enthusiasts quite like the Destroyer lineup of rods. The US Destroyer lineup was extremely popular, and rods like the FMJ, Mark 48 and Onager have already reached legendary status. A refresh of the US Destroyer line has been in the works for years but a combination of the pandemic, labor, and supply chain issues all forced Megabass America to alter their launch plans. 

 


Each Destroyer rod will come with a premium neoprene rod sock that is individually labeled

 

In Japan Megabass Inc. had already launched the JDM P5 Destroyers so in May of 2020 it made sense to make these JDM rods accessible to US anglers to help bridge this period. The JDM P5 Series was well received but like many JDM rods catered more to overseas anglers in terms of shorter lengths, powers, and lighter actions.

 


The beautifully machined fore nut returns

 

Megabass America wanted to leverage the technology that was already proven in the JDM P5 Series, including the 5-D graphite system, and develop rods that delivered familiar actions and were more suited to the U.S. applications which tend to lean on the more power fishing side.

 


A look at the split grip on the Daemos

 

5-D Graphite System: Yuki Ito developed the 5-D system to be an interlocking and reinforcing prepreg puzzle of sorts. These five performance-optimized panels include: #1 for longitudinal tension, #2 for 45-degree torsional rigidity to the right, #3 for 45-degree torsional rigidity to the left, #4 for lateral stiffness, and #5 for longitudinal elasticity. The five panels are then carefully arranged during the production process to maximize and integrate the distinct performance characteristics of each panel into a cohesive whole, forming a complete puzzle that Megabass says minimizes the unnecessary overlap in traditional patterning and layering.

 

The bottom line is that the 5-D Graphite system is designed to allow for a smoother and more precise taper, seamless load transition and power when anglers need it, and all with less waste material which helps reduce weight. 

 

Megabass considers 5D a paradigm shift in the blank construction process, as it is designed to enable improved performance through a new method of patterning and layering.

 


The Shimano Antares looks pretty good with the new Destroyer P5 US rods...

 

P5 DNA: The US P5 Rods look much like you would expect and feature the same proprietary reel seats as the JDM models.

 


...but Daiwa has always seemed like a great pairing, and especially considering the long history between the two brands

 

The IBSC Casting Seat is very comfortable and features a minimalist-styled grip contour and short-trigger design allowing for intuitive grip transitions as the angler moves through the cycle of casting, rod work, hookset and landing. Blank contact areas are maximized to deliver precise feedback without sacrificing control. This was one of my favorite elements in the JDM P5 rods and I am happy to see it carry over into the US lineup.

 


The ISBC casting seat features dual access and a short trigger design

 

The spinning MBCS Seat is a little more polarizing in design and features the bridge design that draws inspiration from the Megane-bashi in Nagasaki, known as Japan’s oldest arched stone bridge. This seat looks a little eccentric but is very comfortable to rest your hand over as it is positioned directly over the reel stem.

 


The MBCS spinning seat draws inspiration from an arched bridge

 

This ergonomic fit helps increase grip when working baits and provides a lot of access. I found on the P5 JDM rods that this design fit squarely in your hand when fighting fish and would not rotate, helping provide a firm grip.

 


A look at the rear locking nut which is covered in cork and finished with machined aluminum

 

Rod's like the new Addermine will benefit from this new seat which provides more access to the exposed blank section, palming contact, and overall better ergonomics when finesse fishing. 

 


Guides are proven Fuji Titanium SiC

 

The new US Destroyers will come armed with Fuji Titanium Frame SiC-S Guides, and as you might expect the thread work on these rods is excellent, and yes all those purple highlights have also carried over. Epoxy is kept to a minimum and tight around the wrap area to minimize weight and not interfere with the intended action of the raw blank.

 


Notice how the Daemos name is green, this corresponds to the Megabass "Recommended Game Chart"

 

In total there will be nine Destroyer P5 rods at time of launch. These are broken out into colors that fall into the Megabass "Game Chart". For example the F5072X Daemos is designed to be a spinnerbait and swim jig specialist so it is green on the chart. This is indicated by the color of the rod's name on the blank and also on the rod sleeve for quick and easy identification.

 


The Game Chart breaks each application into colors for easy identification

 

The following are the Megabass P5 USA rod descriptions, powers, and where they fall in the application specific "Game Chart" and retail prices for each model.

 

Megabass P5 USA Rods (Launch Lineup)

F4.1/2-611X ONETEN SPECIAL

(FAST MOVING AGGRESSIVE)

$499


Length: 6’11” | Lure: 3/8 – 3/4oz | Line: 8 – 20lb | Power: Medium | Action: Fast

Designed to maximize the potential of the Vision Oneten jerkbait line, the proprietary 5D blank exhibits a crisply responsive—yet supple—action, much like a refined sportscar’s suspension equally at home on the road or track. Whether transmitting precision angler input or absorbing nerve-wracking head shakes, the Oneten Special loads with intuitive delight, inspiring instant confidence.
 

F5-72X DAEMOS

(Spinner Bait, Blade Bait)

$499


Length: 7’2” | Lure: 3/8 – 1oz | Line: 8 – 20lb | Power: Medium+ | Action: Fast

With intuitive loading characteristics and a wellspring of power, the Daemos is a demonically accurate snipe-caster built to take single-hook applications to the next level. Ideal for swim jigs, spinner baits and buzzbaits, Daemos has the compact precision and toughness to dominate tight cover and structure situations.
 

F5-75X JAVELIN

(Slow Moving Power Game)

$499


Length: 7’5” | Lure: 3/8 – 1oz | Line: 8 – 20lb | Power: Medium+ | Action: Medium Fast

Developed for treble-hook lure deployment, Javelin has the length and power to set the hook at the end of a formidable cast—all while retaining that supple “give” necessary to keep finicky trebles pinned throughout the fight. Ideally suited for fast-moving search baits, Javelin also pairs well with bladed jigs and swim jigs, providing a long-range weapon to power-fishing anglers.
 

F6-73X FMJ

(Sensitivity Bottom Contact)

$499


Length: 7’3” | Lure: 3/8 – 1oz | Line: 10 – 25lb | Power: Medium-Heavy | Action: Fast

Built for bottom-contact domination, the FMJ delivers refined sensitivity, intuitive loading characteristics, and a silky-smooth power delivery. Designed with the perfect upper blank tension to navigate gnarly terrain and the ability to transmit contact and composition with surprising clarity, FMJ brings jigs to life with devastating effectiveness.
 

F7-75X BMG

(Rubber Jig, Texas Rig)

$499


Length: 7’5” | Lure: 1/2 – 1.25oz | Line: 12 – 25lb | Power: Heavy | Action: Fast

The FMJ’s bigger brother handles the heavy lifting in bottom contact applications, offering a dominant option for heftier jigs. However, unlike its smaller sibling, the BMG has a slightly softer tip section to facilitate bottom dragging with swing-heads and Carolina rigs, where a bit more “give” is required to prevent targets from feeling unnatural blank tension on the bite.
 

F7.1/2-76X MARK-56

(Frog, Big Bait, Swim Bait)

$525


Length: 7’6” | Lure: 3/4 – 3.5oz | Line: 15 – 30lb | Power: Heavy | Action: Medium Fast

Built to send five to eight-inch swimbaits into the unknown in search of trophy-class targets, the MARK-56 is a refinement of the previous generation MARK48 and a step up in both power and length from its JDM sibling, Tequila Baccarac. With an incomparably smooth 5D design and beefed-up blank diameter, MARK-56 loads effortlessly for intuitive cast performance and heavyweight encounters, absorbing the fiercest fights with practiced calm.
 

F7.1/2-711X JUNGLE SEVEN

(Extreme Hookset Special)

$525


Length: 7’11” | Lure: 1/2 – 2oz | Line: 15 – 30lb | Power: Heavy | Action: Medium Fast | 2pc Tactical Handle

Designed for flipping and light-pitching in and around jungle-cover areas with smooth power, intuitive feel, and that perfect balance of torque, sensitivity and give. With a refined tip section to pick up light bites and impart precise action, the blank transfers load with imperceptible ease into the torquey midsection and powerful base of the blank for decisive hooksets and one-sided fights.
 

F2.1/2-76XS FLYSSA

(Small Jig)

$499


Length: 7’6” | Lure: 1/16 – 3/8oz | Line: 4 – 10lb | Power: Light+ | Action: Fast

Renowned for its light and sensitive blank, Flyssa is designed to manage light line applications with quiet confidence. Developed primarily for finesse swimbaits and hair jigs, Flyssa’s 5-D construction also exhibits the kind of sensitivity and silky-smooth load transfer that excels in pressured deep-water situations.
 

F3.1/2-611XS ADDERMINE

(Finesse Game)

$475


Length: 6’11” | Lure: 1/8 – 1/2oz | Line: 5 – 12lb | Power: Medium Light+ | Action: Ex. Fast

A master of finesse, the Addermine’s aggressive taper blends a light tip, torquey midsection and powerful base into a cohesive whole, putting surprising sensitivity and intuitive control within your grasp. Proprietary 5D blank construction enables an impossibly smooth taper transition for an experience under load unlike any other.
 

 

Quick Take: The Destroyer P5 US Rods are just entering mass production now and will retail from $475 to $525 depending on the rod model with the finesse oriented Addermine spinning rod being the most accessible, to the power oriented Mark 56 and Jungle Seven rods being the most expensive at $525 each. We have also confirmed that all nine of the launch rods will start becoming available in the early spring timeframe from retailers.

 


In true Megabass fashion even the butt caps are refined

 

Over the course of the next few months we will provide more details on the rods as we have a chance to get them on the water and see just how they feel, and how they compare to the last generation.

 


The P5 Addermine in particular feels immediately more crisp than the last gen with the new 5-D blank

 

Just handling rods like the FMJ, Daemos, Mark56 and Addermine in the lab and we are excited by the return of some immediately familiar lengths and actions bolstered with the enhanced styling and refinement from the 5-D equipped JDM P5 rods. As an example I can already say that I like the action of the new Addermine better than the last generation as the tip feels considerably more crisp and exhibits a faster action. I hope that this translates into an even better sensitivity, faster hooksets, and more torque under load. One can only hope, and there is only one way to find out. Time to hit to hit water!  

 

 

   

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