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Enthusiast Review


CB Rod Wars Part #5 : Daiko Calls on Jackall's Pair and Raises a Spiral Wrap (continued)

Features: Daiko's Burroughs line in general all feature top end Fuji Titanium framed SiC guides, high grade full rear and fore cork grips. Interestingly enough, all the rods in this series, including the 64L feature a painted, non-exposed blank reel seat.



The grip assembly of the BRSC-70MG is the same as that of the other Burroughs rods...

As mentioned in our review of the BRSC-68M several years ago, the sensitivity of these sticks does not suffer the absence of an exposed blank reel seat because the BRSC-68M, in particular, is a very lively stick. Regardless, there are those who will insist on having such a reel seat on their sticks. If that's your preference, then the Burroughs line is not for you.

 
...and they all come with exceptionally high grade cork.

Application: Of the two sticks, the graphite BRSC-64L is more versatile as one might expect. It's suitable for shallow and some medium running crankbaits as well as finesse plastics fishing - its probable intended application.


The foregrip on these rods is integrated with the locking mechanism for the reel seat - a common feature amongst JDM rods. As such, the top of the reel seats are usually very cleanly finished even though they are rarely even seen.

 

Similar to the distinction between our two Jackall rods, the fiberglass rod in this pairing, the BRSC-70MG, is all about moving baits and is at its best with medium to deep diving crankbaits.

 
A Shimano Conquest 101DC aboard the BRSC-70MG

Warranty: Daiko rods are made in Japan for the Japanese market and are not intended for use outside of their native country hence there is no warranty coverage for rods purchased and shipped outside of Japan. So, as with the other pure JDM rods in our Crankbait Rod Wars, know and realize the risk you assume in acquiring one of these gems. 


Daiko's Burroughs line of rods do not receive much attention amongst the JDM Enthusiast Tackle crowd, but these are some quality sticks.

Availability: Daiko is a well distributed rod within Japan and easily sourced through the typical JDM rod vendors online. The only caution is ordering one of these sticks towards the end of the year. Daiko, along with the great majority of JDM rod manufacturers go through specific runs during the course of the year and when they're done with a certain rod, they will not produce more until the following season. So there are times when the rods will run out, but if you're patient, unless discontinued, the rods will be available again eventually.


A nice chunk caught on the BRSC-64L

Our BRSC-70MG came to us courtesy of Pro Shop Otsuka (http://www.bass.jp.co). We'd like to thank them for making this review possible. Unfortunately, I've had the BRSC-64L for so long, I cannot recall where it came from!

 

Ratings:

Daiko Burroughs BRSC-64L Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A finely crafted stick 9
Performance Light and sensitive 9
Price Typical JDM price point 5
Features Top end components 8
Design (Ergonomics) Fun spiral wrap 7
Application The BRSC-64L is wonderful for finesse plastics and jigs as well as shallow running cranks 8

Total Score

7.67
Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

  
Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
J Relatively easy to source L No warranty outside of Japan
J If finesse fishing is your game, this stick is wonderfully versatile  
J Light and well balanced  

 


We even took the BRSC-64L trout fishing and it works great with small spoons and lipless blade baits!

 

Daiko Burroughs BRSC-70MG Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A finely crafted stick 9
Performance A powerful cranking stick 8.5
Price Typical JDM price point 5
Features Top end components 7
Design (Ergonomics) Very conservative for JDM 6
Application The BRSC-70MG is a very good moving baits rod while 8

Total Score

7.25
Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

  
Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
J Relatively easy to source L Again, no warranty outside of Japan
J A good general purpose cranker L Just a tad conservative considering it is a JDM rod
J Powerful rod  

 

Conclusion: My fondness of the Daiko product continues to grow although of the three rods I've now sampled from the Burroughs lineup, the original BRSC-68M I reviewed in August of 2006 remains my favorite and so far, the gem of the bunch. Make no mistake about it though, the BRSC-64L and BRSC-70MG are no slouches. Both of these sticks are also great fun to use.

 


A Clear Lake bass caught while cranking a Lucky Craft BDS3 on the BRSC-70MG.

 

Sure the BRSC-70MG is just a tad conservative, but it is a good general purpose cranker and has very good power when you hook into a hard fighting fish. The BRSC-64L on the other hand, has just enough eccentricity with its spiral wrap to keep things interesting. As a pair, they are a great compliment to one another and bottom line is, Daiko continues to impress with solid craftsmanship and very good performing rods. But now it's time to put this pair down and move onto the next stick as our 2009 Crankbait Rod Wars continues!

 

 

 

   

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