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Rod Preview


ICAST Preview: A Sneak Peek at Pinnacle’s new “Perfecta” Tournament Class rods

 

Date: 6/20/10
Tackle type: Rods
Manufacturer: Pinnacle
Reviewer: Zander








Introduction:
Pinnacle is making a move towards higher end offerings and this ICAST the company will be introducing a new line of rods that make use of the latest technology while still remaining reasonably priced. Let’s take a pre-ICAST look at Pinnacle’s soon to be introduced Perfecta rods.

 

Pinnacle introduces the new Perfecta Tournament Class rods

Pinnacle has become increasingly active on the bass scene and just last month they signed four accomplished BASS and FLW professionals onto their Pro Staff. These anglers included Paul Elias, Dave Wolak, Britt Myers and Grant Goldbeck. We’re thrilled to have such knowledgeable, talented anglers using Pinnacle gear and contributing their expertise toward the development of our state-of-the-art Tournament Class products,” said Charles Park, president of Pinnacle Fishing.  “Paul, Dave, Britt and Grant have helped us create what we consider to be the ‘ultimate’ selection of reels and rods for specific bass-fishing applications.  Consumers will appreciate not only the professional-grade quality and performance, but also the surprisingly affordable pricing,” added Park.


We check out the rods for initial impressions on the water

Even though Pinnacle just formally announced a number of these Pro Anglers coming onboard just a month ago Elias, Wolak and Goldbeck have worked on developing and field testing these new Tournament Class rods (and upcoming reels) for about six months. The first of which to debut is the new Perfecta Series of rods. 


Each rod features machines aluminum winding checks

Meet the Perfecta Series: The Perfecta Series will include a total of 15 application specific rods that are designed to target high end anglers that are concerned with custom quality, low weight and overall performance and durability. These rods all make use of Pinnacle’s DHC5 new design and construction. All but three of the rods are casting models and there is a rod for every bass fishing application you can think of from ultra finesse fishing to tossing swimbaits.

Model Length Power Action Lure wt. Line wt.

DHC5-661CAM

6’6

Medium

Fast

1/4-5/8 oz.

10-17 lb.

DHC5-661CAMH

6’6

Medium Heavy

Fast

3/8-1 oz.

12-20 lb.

DHC5-681CAM

6’8

Medium

Extra Fast

1/4-5/8 oz.

8-14 lb.

DHC5-701CAMH

7’0

Medium Heavy

Fast

3/8-1 oz.

10-20 lb.

DHC5-701CAH

7’0

Heavy

Fast

3/8-1 1/4oz.

12-25 lb.

DHC5-701CAMCB

7’0

Medium

Moderate

1/4-5/8 oz.

10-17 lb.

DHC5-731CAMH

7’3

Medium Heavy

Fast

3/8-1 1/4oz.

12-25 lb.

DHC5-762CAMHFS

7’6

Medium Heavy

Moderate Fast

1/4-1 oz.

12-25 lb.

DHC5-792CAHSB

7’9

Heavy

Fast

1/2-3 oz.

14-30 lb.

DHC5-681SPM

6’8

Medium

Extra Fast

3/16-5/8 oz.

6-12 lb.

DHC5-701SPML

7’0

Medium Light

Fast

1/16-3/8 oz.

6-12 lb.

DHC5-721SPM

7’2

Medium

Extra Fast

1/8-3/8 oz.

6-14 lb.

DHC5-781CAMHCB

7’8

Medium Heavy

Moderate

3/8-1 oz.

14-20 lb.

DHC5-7111CAMHCB

7’11

Medium Heavy

Moderate

3/8-3/4 oz.

10-14 lb.

DHC5-7112CAHSB

7’11

Heavy

Fast

1/2-3 oz.

14-30 lb.

 

Model Length Application

DHC5-661CAM

6’6

Jerkbaits, Light Jigs,Tubes,Light Worm, Grubs

DHC5-661CAMH

6’6

Worm and Jig

DHC5-681CAM

6’8

Top Water, Popper, Tubes, Grubs

DHC5-701CAMH

7’0

Jerkbait, Fluke, Senko, Small Casting Jigs

DHC5-701CAH

7’0

Spinnerbait, Frog, Casting Worm, Casting Jig, Buzzbait

DHC5-701CAMCB

7’0

Small Crankbaits, Small Jerkbaits

DHC5-731CAMH

7’3

Carolina Rig

DHC5-762CAMHFS

7’6

Light Pitchin’ and Flippin’, Big Worm, Casting Jigs, Frog

DHC5-792CAHSB

7’9

Heavy Flippin’and Pitchin',  Frog, Big Swim Bait

DHC5-681SPM

6’8

Finesse, Tube, Grub

DHC5-701SPML

7’0

Finesse, Tube, Drop Shot

DHC5-721SPM

7’2

Drop Shot, Shaky Head, Wacky Worm, Tube. Senko

DHC5-781CAMHCB

7’8

Cranking

DHC5-7111CAMHCB

7’11

Cranking

DHC5-7112CAHSB

7’11

Heavy Flippin’and Pitchin', Frog, Big Swim Bait

 


Each rod features a split grip

What does DHC5 stand for? DHC5 is the secret sauce behind each Perfecta rod’s construction. This proprietary process stands for “Double Helical Construction.” Each rod starts with a high density carbon tape wrapped tightly around the length of the mandrel. Pinnacle then rolls layers of high modulus graphite prepreg without scrim over the initial carbon wrap.


Pinnacle uses Fuji ACS reel seats with matt silver hoods

Normally eliminating scrim would cause the rod to be too brittle but DHC5 overcomes this by reinforcing the blank strength by rolling another layer of high density carbon tape on top of the layers of graphite prepreg in the opposite direction of the first carbon tape layer. This application of carbon tape wraps and the elimination of scrim and the use of less resign are designed to reduce overall rod weight as well as increases sensitivity, while retaining both strength and durability.


The guides are Fuji Alconites

 


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